Athlete of the Week: Dylan Pourier

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RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) The Rapid City Stevens Raiders Boys Basketball team is preparing for the State AA tournament thanks to some crucial free throw from senior Dylan Pourier. As Jeff Voss shows us Pourier is quick to share the credit with those around him.

With just seconds remaining and down 1, Dylan Pourier stepped to the free throw line after being fouled on a 3 point attempt with his team's season on the line.

Chris Stoebner says,' don't think I wanted anybody else at the line. Obviously he missed his first one but obviously, I had confidence in him that he was he was going to knock down his next two and he pretty much swished them both.

Dylan Pourier says, 'When I got fouled I actually thought the ball went in, I was on the ground looking straight up and everybody started going crazy and I was like did I make that cause I didn't hear the whistle. So then going to the free throw line in my head I was like they are just free throws I shoot them all the time just go knock them down.'

After a Central buzzer beat hit front iron and punched the Raiders ticket to next week's tournament the Raider guard was on cloud 9

Pourier says, ' It was crazy. I think I blacked out for a little bit. There's video and we are just all jumping around but it was surreal, an amazing feeling. An amazing feeling, I can't even describe it.'

Pourier spent last year as a member of the Douglas Patriots, but after most of his teammates graduated Pourier also left the Patriots and joined the silver and blue.

Pourier says, ' Leaving the coaches and all my old friends there it was kind of hard, but I still see them on the weekends and stuff like that. I still live in Box elder so it's not hard to go see them.'

Stoebner says, ' If you watch him play he's a great player so trying to game plan for him was difficult, He's been a benefit to our program not just from the basketball standpoint, he's just a great kid.'

Pourier spent his summer st Stevens lifting and shooting, and that work in the offseason made an impression on his new teammates.

Pourier says, ' And I think the guys just noticed that all I wanted was to win. I wasn't here to promote myself or get media coverage or anything. I just wanted to come in and win.'

Now the focus turns to state, and while Pourier is closing in on 1,000 career points, his focus remains on the team.

Pourier, ' I'm just trying to win when I get there. I'm not worried about that thousandth point that stuff will come. The state championship we have to work for that.'

Stoebner says, ' Put it this way, he's got to get to that 1,000 for us to get to where we want to get to'

Congratulations to Dylan Pourier on being this week's athlete of the week, and good luck in the state AA tournament. Jeff Voss Black Hills Fox Sports