Cole Sawatzke once again took advantage of the opportunity.

The opportunity, in this case, to get clean looks from behind the three-point line because of the attention defenses pay to his teammate, Matthew Mors.

And the result: Five made threes on nine attempts.

The senior reserve for the second-ranked Yankton boys’ basketball team scored a game-high 15 points as the Bucks thrashed Aberdeen Central 62-29 in ESD action Saturday at the YHS gym.

“We’re going to get good looks when teams double Matthew, and it just happened to be me today,” Sawatzke said.

“I got some shots up tonight.”

That’s been the case for him all season, too.

Through 10 games, Sawatzke has now made 31-of-66 three-pointers for 47 percent, with most of those being wide open shots because of the focus by defenses on Mors.

“My main role is just to be a sparkplug and give energy for my team,” Sawatzke said.

And that’s what he’s brought to the Bucks (9-1), according to head coach Chris Haynes.

“He’s such a valuable weapon for us, with his ability to shoot the ball,” Haynes said.

Yankton jumped out to a 12-2 start to the game and never looked back, building a 32-13 halftime lead and a 49-23 cushion after three quarters.

“It’s a big win for us, because we got an early lead and kept swinging the whole game,” Sawatzke said.

The Bucks also limited the Golden Eagles to 26 percent shooting and claimed a 33-20 rebounding advantage.

“That was a game dictated by our defense and rebounding, and we preached that all week,” Haynes said.

Also for the Bucks, Mors finished with 10 points and five rebounds, junior Cooper Cornemann had nine points, four assists and three rebounds, and senior Rex Ryken added nine points and six rebounds.

Aberdeen Central (1-6), meanwhile, got eight points from Reece Burckhard and five points from Austin Huff.

Yankton will play at Sioux Falls O’Gorman on Tuesday.

In sub-varsity action Saturday, Aberdeen Central won the JV game 62-41. Yankton got 10 points from Aidan Feser.

The Golden Eagles won the sophomore game 53-48, and Trevor Fitzgerald led the Bucks with 17 points.

Aberdeen Central won the freshman ‘A’ game 61-39. Yankton got nine points from Jaden Kral. Aberdeen Central won the ‘B’ game 60-46, and the Bucks were paced by Zach Kotsegarow’s 24 points.

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ABERDEEN CENTRAL (1-6)

Seth Martens 1-5 0-0 3; Andrew Bergan 1-7 0-0 3; Drew Schnaidt 0-1 0-0 0; Austin Huff 2-5 0-0 5; Dawson Pfister 0-1 0-0 0; Avery Bad Moccasin 0-0 0-1 0; Reece Burckhard 3-4 2-4 8; Jordan Schnaidt 1-5 1-2 3; Trey Harms 1-7 0-0 3; Ben LaPointe 1-3 0-0 2; Truman Allam 1-1 0-0 2; Colton Hansen 0-3 0-1 0. TOTALS 11-42 3-8 29.

YANKTON (9-1)

Miles Carda 2-5 0-0 6; Aiden Feser 2-2 0-0 6; Cole Sawatzke 5-9 0-0 15; Cooper Cornemann 2-7 1-2 9; Owen Feser 1-4 0-0 3; Brennan Pipes 0-0 0-0 0; Rex Ryken 4-6 1-2 9; Dylan Horn 0-1 0-0 0; Justin Cap 0-1 0-0 0; Kieren Luellman 0-1 0-0 0; Justin Payer 0-0 0-0 0; Matthew Mors 3-8 4-5 10; Hunter Kotrous 1-4 0-0 2; Reggie Bruder 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS 22-50 6-9 62.

ABERDEEN CENTRAL 10 3 10 6 — 29

YANKTON 19 13 17 13 — 62

Three-Pointers — YHS 12-24 (Sawatzke 5-9, A. Feser 2-2, Cornemann 2-2, Carda 2-4, O. Feser 1-3, Luellman 0-1, Kotrous 0-1, Mors 0-2), ABC 4-14 (Martens 1-3, Bergan 1-3, Huff 1-3, T. Harms 1-3, Pfister 0-1, Hansen 0-1). Total Rebounds — YHS 33 (Ryken 6), ABC 20 (Bergan 3, Burckhard 3). Assists — YHS 13 (Carda 4, Cornemann 4), ABC 6 (Martens 2). Turnovers — YHS 8, ABC 4. Personal Fouls — YHS 12, ABC 10. Fouled Out — None.

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