Dakota Valley vs. Pine Ridge Live Boys Basketball (3/14/2024)

The 2024 SDHSAA Class A State Boys Basketball Tournament opens its doors on Thursday, March 14, at 1:45 PM ET in Pine Ridge, SD. A thrilling matchup awaits when 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
When: Thursday, March 14, 1:45 pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Beckett: 2024 SDHSAA High School Boys Basketball Playoff Bracket (South Dakota) – Class A State Tournament
Location: Pine Ridge, SD
Live Stream: Watch here

Pine Ridge Thorps aim for dominant start on home court

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

The Dakota Valley Panthers look to steal the show

The Dakota Valley Panthers (20-3), despite having a slightly lower overall record than Pine Ridge, should not be underestimated. They were a consistent force throughout the season, especially in their region where they went undefeated (6-0). Although they have faced some setbacks on the road (6-2), they have proven their ability to win on neutral courts (2-1). Can they overcome home court advantage and pull off an upset against Thorpes?

Key players to watch

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


This matchup promises to be a close and exciting game. Pine Ridge holds the edge in overall record and their undefeated home record is a significant advantage. However, Dakota Valley should not be turned off. Their strong regional showing and ability to win on neutral courts suggests they can compete at a high level. The team that executes their game plan effectively, limiting turnovers and capitalizing 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 No information is provided regarding the specific channel that will broadcast the game. You may 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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