The Deer Creek-Mackinaw and Farmington boys basketball game had a Class 2A regional championship feel to it Saturday at the inaugural Sandburg Shootout at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.

The Deer Creek-Mackinaw and Farmington boys basketball game had a Class 2A regional championship feel to it Saturday at the inaugural Sandburg Shootout at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.


John Blumeyer drained a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds left in regulation to help Dee-Mack secure a 35-31 win.


Carl Schmidgall had a layup to put the Chiefs ahead 33-29 with 2:16 in the fourth. At 1:09, Jaden Rutledge cut the Farmers’ deficit to 33-31 with putback off a missed 3-pointer. Rutledge had a chance to give Farmington the win, but his 3-point attempt from the right wing fell short with 5.0 seconds left.


The rematch comes one year after the Chiefs held off the Farmers 45-44 to win the regional championship last season.


The No. 10 state-ranked Chiefs (14-3) led 20-10 at halftime, but the Farmers (13-4) didn’t go away quietly. Farmington opened the third quarter on a 14-2 push, getting 3-pointers from Rutledge, Blake Springer, Ben Martin and Coe Jansen to grab a 24-22 lead with 2:39 left in the third.


Dee-Mack answered and took a 28-24 lead at 1:01 when Levi Scheuermann had a steal and made a layup in transition. Sam Scott knocked down a 3-pointer with 15.3 seconds left as Dee-Mack went into the fourth leading 31-26.


Scheuermann went 6-for-10 from the field and 3-of-5 from the free throw line as he finished with a game-high 17 points and pulled down five rebounds for Dee-Mack. Scott and Schmidgall added six points each.


Rutledge and Springer led Farmington with eight points a piece, while Jansen and Martin each added seven. South Dakota State football commit Jarod DePriest grabbed a game-high seven rebounds for the Farmers.