WATERTOWN — After the game in which Yankton junior Matthew Mors became South Dakota’s Class AA boys’ basketball all-time scoring leader, he wasn’t in a mood to celebrate.

In the game that saw Mors pass Aberdeen Central great Eric Kline as the state’s top Class AA scorer, Watertown’s 54-53 victory dampened Friday night’s mood.

Dawson Schmidt posted 11 points and five assists to lead Watertown. Evan Falconer netted 10 points and seven rebounds. Cooper Heiser hit three three-pointers for nine points in the victory, which ended Yankton’s nine-game win streak.

Trevor Fitzgerald scored 13 points to lead Yankton. Mors finished with 12 points and eight rebouinds, with Cooper Cornemann scoring 11 points, all in the second half.

Despite the build-up to the game, as the state expected Mors to break the state scoring record, Watertown head coach Zach Wevik did its best to try to treat it like any other matchup.

“It was just another game,” he said. “We knew it was unrealistic to keep Mors to eight, nine points. But we had to treat it as just another game.

“I was happy it took him until the fourth quarter.”

Yankton tried to do the same, with less success.

“I don’t think there’s any question. We were flat tonight,” said Yankton head coach Chris Haynes. “You’ve gotta give Watertown credit. We couldn’t get the tempo going.”

Mors entered Friday’s game trailing former Aberdeen Central great Eric Kline by nine points, and was held to just six points through the first three quarters of the game.

“They were finding different ways to limit my touches, limit Cooper’s touches,” Mors said after the contest. “It’s something we’ve gotta work on for next week.”

In the meantime, Watertown poured in eight three-pointers through three quarters, then got three three-pointers from Heiser in the fourth quarter to extend the lead back to seven points.

Mors’ fifth basket in the game — giving him the scoring record — came with under four minutes and the Bucks trailing by five points. Yankton called a time-out after the basket, and the record was announced to the visiting crowd.

“Obviously it’s an incredible accomplishment,” Haynes said, acknowledging the three players Mors passed this season: Kline, Watertown’s Jason Sutherland and Mitchell’s Mike Miller. “It reflects the hours and hours and hours of hard work that he has put in.”

Yankton closed the gap to one point before being forced to foul. Watertown missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13.4 seconds left, but Yankton’s shot in the lane and follow-up attempt each rimmed out.

“They were a tough matchup for us. Five little guys that all can drive and shoot from outside,” Haynes said of the Arrows. “They are a really good team. Watertown’s .500, but they’re a really good team.”

Yankton had a 28-23 edge on the boards, but Watertown had some key rebounds in the contest, according to Wevik.

“There were a lot of those tipped rebounds, those loose balls. A lot of those came our way,” he said.

Yankton, now 13-3, will look to bounce back at home on Feb. 21, taking on Mitchell in the final regular season home contest.

“Mitchell’s another team that’s better than its record.” Haynes said.

Watertown won the JV game 52-48. For Yankton, Jaden Kral scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four steals.

Rugby Ryken scored 11 points.

Watertown also won the sophomore game 71-63. For Yankton, Joe Gokie scored 19 points and Dylan Prouty had 12 points to lead the way. Mac Ryken added 10 points.

Watertown won the freshmen ‘A’ game 57-29. For Yankton, Drew Ryken scored 13 points.

The Bucks’ lone victory of the day came in the freshmen ‘B’ contest, 51-37. Cole Slowey scored 12 points and Tevin Neugebauer scored 10 points for Yankton.

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YANKTON (13-3, 5-1)

Matthew Mors 6-13 0-0 12, Hunter Kotrous 3-6 2-2 8, Trevor Fitzgerald 4-11 2-4 13, Aidan Fese 1-4 0-0 2, Cooper Cornemann 4-8 0-1 11, Rugby Ryken 0-1 0-0 0, Dylan Horn 0-0 0-0 0, Jaden Kral 3-4 1-1 7. TOTALS: 21-47 4-7 53.

WATERTOWN (7-7, 4-1)

Dawson Schmidt 4-9 1-2 11, Evan Falconer 3-10 2-5 10, Brandon Smith 4-9 0-1 8, Mason Morris 2-4 2-3 8, Cooper Heiser 3-6 0-0 9, Wyatt Berner 0-0 0-0 0, Kale Stevenson 1-2 0-0 3, Jack Ferguson 0-0 0-0 0, Drew Norberg 2-4 0-0 5. TOTALS: 19-44 5-11 54.

YANKTON 11 12 17 13 — 53

WATERTOWN 17 10 13 14 — 54

Three-Pointers: W 11-24 (Heiser 3-6, Schmidt 2-4, Falconer 2-6, Morris 2-2, Stevenson 1-2, Norberg 1-3, Smith 0-1), Y 7-16 (Fitzgerald 3-5, Cornemann 3-5, Kral 1-1, Mors 0-4, Ryken 0-1). Rebounds: Y 28 (Mors 8), W 23 (Falconer 7). Personal Fouls: W 12, Y 12. Technical Fouls: Mors. Fouled Out: None. Assists: W 9 (Schmidt 5), W 6 (Mors 3). Turnovers: Y 12, W 12. Blocked Shots: Y 1 (Kral), W 1 (Schmidt). Steals: Y 9 (three with 2), W 5 (Schmidt 3).

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