By William

BURRTON – A fourth-quarter offensive surge powered the Little River boys to a 56-41 win over Inman on Thursday in the semi-final round of the Burrton Invitational.

With the victory, Little River, ranked #1 in Class 1A, is now 11-0 for the season and will play in the Burrton Invitational Championship game at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday while Inman falls to 4-7 and will play for third-place at 6:00 p.m.

The two teams were dead even at 16-16 at the end of the first quarter and the Redskins were only able to gain a two-point advantage, 27-25, heading into the halftime break.

Inman stayed within three points at 38-35 at the end of the third quarter before Little River’s offense erupted for 18 points in the final eight minutes of play while holding Inman to just six to gain the final 15-point victory.

“We went cold in the fourth quarter and just could not keep up tonight,” pointed out Teuton Head Coach Brett Froese. “We played well, just did not make enough shots and going 3-20 from beyond the three-point line will not work against a team like Little River. We had good looks to, just did not knock them down. We battle all night long and being down by three going into the fourth quarter, I liked our chances.”

The big difference was Jayden Garrison, Little River’s all-state player who torched the Teutons for 29 points, including four three-pointers. Trey Rolfs chipped in with 13 points for the Redskins while Rolfs and Garrison led the work on the boards with seven and six rebounds each.

Teuton Coach Froese noted the player that made the difference as he continued his reflections on the game by saying, “Just too much of Garrison. I have coached against a lot of good players over the years, but he ranks right up there at the top. He made some unbelievable shots tonight and he is so hard to keep out of the lane.”

For Inman, the Teutons were led by Tanner Heckel who finished the game with 13 points, nine of which he scored in the first quarter. Eli Brunk also reached double digits in the scorebook with 10.

Coach Froese concluded his reflections by adding, “I thought we played well tonight as we battled through some foul trouble in the first half. I am proud of our effort, now we need to come back and get another win in this tournament on Saturday in the third-place game.”


SCORING:                 1          2          3          4          FINAL

LITTLE RIVER            16       11       11       18       56

INMAN                      16       9          10       6          41


FGM-FGA                  19-41             17-43

3PTM-3PTA              6-17               3-20

FTM-FTA                   12-20             4-9

ASSISTS                     7                      0

REBOUNDS               26                   26

TURNOVERS             6                      8

STEALS                       3                      0

BLOCKED SHOTS     0                      0

PERSONAL FOULS  8                      15


Jayden Garrison = 29 points with 4 3-pointers, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal.

Trey Rolfs = 13 points with 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal.

Braxton Lafferty = 8 points with 1 3-pointer, 2 assists, 3 rebounds.

Graham Stephens = 4 points with 1 3-pointer, 1 assist, 5 rebounds.

Rylan Konen = 2 points with 1 rebound, 1 steal.

Ty Herzog = 3 rebounds.

Dalton Mantz = 1 rebound, 1 steal.


Tanner Heckel – 13, Eli Brunk – 10, Jace Doerksen – 5, Derick Johnson – 4, Kyler Konrade – 3, Mason Carter – 3, Brenton Thiessen – 2, Kendyn Blank – 1. 3-Pointers Made = Tanner Heckel, Jace Doerksen, Kyler Kondrade – each had 1.

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