Pine Ridge senior Halin Bad Bear scored a career high 51 points in last night’s 92-64 win over St. Francis Indian. At right, Bad Bear with Pine Ridge’s other 1000 point scorer, Corey Brown….(That little girl in the Raider hoodie…rocking it)!
By Rich Winter
Woke up to a note from Corey Brown saying, ‘Halin went off last night,’
Next note was from Sacred Hoops Co-Director Allan Bertram saying Bad Bear had 51 last night to go over the 1000 point barrier….WHAT?
Well, coming into last night’s game, Bad Bear needed 39 points….And so, one of Class A’s best guards absolutely kicked the 1000 point barrier down by scoring the most points scored this season in a single game in South Dakota hoops.
Pine Ridge first-year coach Casey Means talked about Bad Bear joining teammate Corey Crown going over the 1000 point barrier.
Pretty amazing to be front row and witness not one but 2 1k scorers, my first year with them but it's been a awesome ride so far and gonna get even better, thank you guys, I am very proud of you 2, not only for this accomplishment, but for the whole season in general! #ThorpeFamily#2K19 #OB23 — with Brothe C Keith Jr.
So, in last year’s Round-of-16 game, Dell Rapids jumped all over Pine Ridge early….but Bad Bear was part of a terrific comeback….Ultimately, the Quarriers couldn’t check Bad Bear who repeatedly got in the lane and helped Pine Ridge get to the state tournament.
Pine Ridge was trailing White River at the half last week and Bad Bear didn’t have a very good first half…But, oh baby did he get it rolling in the second half, particularly the third quarter.
After beating Class B No. 1 White River, 67-53 on Friday, Pine Ridge jumped on the Thorpe bus Saturday morning and traveled all the way to Madison where they played Class B. No. 3 Bridgewater/Emery on Saturday….Some tired legs and bodies for Pine Ridge who lost 85-77….Late in that game, Pine Ridge got it close thanks in large part to Mr. Bad Bear who just would not give up….Think he had 25 or 27 in that game…
And then last night, 51….
2000 yards passing this season and now 1000 points…U R a bad man Halin Bad Bear…well done Sir.