SIOUX FALLS | Jack McCabe continues to have the hot hand for Dakota Valley’s boys basketball team.
McCabe scored 16 points for the eighth-seeded Panthers, which assured themselves of a winning season following Friday afternoon’s 54-37 win over fifth-seeded Mount Vernon/Plankinton in consolation-round action at the South Dakota Class A state tournament.
The surroundings at the Denny Sanford Premier Center have apparently aided McCabe, who entered the state tournament with a 6.3 scoring average. McCabe converted 4 of 5 attempts from three-point field goal range and has gone 6 of 9 from beyond the arc in two games.
McCabe, who has averaged 15.3 points over his last three games, led a Dakota Valley squad that shot 58.3 percent. Coach Jason Kleis’ Panthers, which also received 12 points from Robert Rosenquist, shot 52.9 percent while taking a 22-17 halftime lead.
En route to winning for the fourth time in its last five games, Dakota Valley (13-11) shot 63.2 percent in the second half.
John Prochello, a 6-foot-7 Briar Cliff recruit, supplied seven points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. McCabe threw four assists while Rosenquist had two steals.
Hayden Schmidt led Mount Vernon/Plankinton (19-5) with 15 points. The Titans, who were outscored 16-8 in the third quarter, shot just 28 percent.
Dakota Valley will face third-seeded St. Thomas More (18-6) in the fifth-place game, which will start at 1:45 this afternoon.