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Dakota Valley vs Pine Ridge LIVE Boy’s Basketball (3/14/2024)

Dakota Valley vs Pine Ridge LIVE Boy’s Basketball (3/14/2024)

The 2024 SDHSAA Class A State Boys Basketball Tournament opens its doors on Thursday, March 14th, at 1:45 PM ET in Pine Ridge, SD. A thrilling matchup awaits as the undefeated-at-home Pine Ridge Thorpes (21-1) take on the Dakota Valley Panthers (20-3) in a battle for Class A supremacy.

What it is: South Dakota High School Basketball
Matchup: Dakota Valley Panthers vs Pine Ridge Thorpes
Time: Thursday, March 14, at 1:45 pm ET
Game Type: playoff
Backets: 2024 SDHSAA High School Boys Basketball Playoff Brackets (South Dakota) – Class A State Tournament
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Live Stream: Watch here

Pine Ridge Thorpes Aim for Dominant Start on Home Court

The Pine Ridge Thorpes enter the state tournament boasting a near-perfect record (21-1) and a dominant performance within their region (5-0). Their home court has been a fortress this season, with only one blemish on their record (5-1). Their well-rounded offense has averaged over 67 points per game (based on the provided points per game statistic for Pine Ridge). With momentum and the home crowd behind them, the Thorpes will be heavily favored to secure a win in the tournament opener.

Dakota Valley Panthers Look to Steal the Show

The Dakota Valley Panthers (20-3), despite having a slightly lower overall record compared to Pine Ridge, shouldn’t be underestimated. They’ve been a consistent force throughout the season, especially within their region where they went undefeated (6-0). While they’ve experienced some setbacks on the road (6-2), they’ve proven their ability to win on neutral courts (2-1). Can they overcome the home court advantage and pull off an upset against the Thorpes?

Key Players to Watch

No specific player stats are available, but the battle between the leading scorers of both teams will be a key focus. Containing Pine Ridge’s top scorer will be crucial for the Dakota Valley defense, while the Panthers’ offensive leader will need to find ways to overcome the Thorpes’ defense, especially in their intimidating home environment.

Prediction

This matchup promises to be a close and exciting game. Pine Ridge holds the edge in terms of overall record and their undefeated home record is a significant advantage. However, Dakota Valley shouldn’t be written off. Their strong regional showing and ability to win on neutral courts suggest they can compete at a high level. The team that executes their game plan effectively, limits turnovers, and capitalizes on scoring opportunities will likely advance to the next round.

How to Watch

The game will be played in Pine Ridge, SD at 1:45 PM ET. There’s no information provided regarding specific channels broadcasting the game. You might be able to find live streams or updates through local South Dakota news outlets or sports websites closer to the game date.

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