After falling to De Smet on Friday in the state semifinals, the Potter County Battlers finished in fourth place in the Class B State Tournament with a loss to the White River Tigers on Saturday 83-74.
The Battlers were unable to knock off the top seeded De Smet Bulldogs with a 67-45 loss. But after a triple overtime thriller with Lower Brule, White River was able to survive against the Battlers to claim third place. Joe Saylor had a game high 37 points for White River. However, not to be out done, Grant Luikens, in his final game with Potter County finished with 31. Cooper Logan had 16 and Seth Sharp finished with a double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Drake Bassett also had 15 points, but it was the bench scoring for the Tigers to prove the difference. White River outscored Potter County’s bench 19-2 in the contest. White River’s Dylan Marshall had a double-double scoring 18 points and dishing out 10 assists.
Potter County finishes the season at 23-3 and in fourth place in the state. The Battlers will graduate six seniors.