And, despite a slower start to Saturday's game than Friday's season-opener, a win is exactly what the Saints got, pulling away late for an 85-72 win over Crossroads College at the Strode Center.
"It's a win, and we'll learn from that," said Reigle. "It's always nice to learn from a win rather than a loss, but we have to get better and just clean things up all the way around."
The Saints got off to a noticeably slower start on Saturday, going 0-for-4 from long range after drilling nine first-half treys against the Knights on Friday. That translated into a back-and-forth first half that featured five lead changes and three ties and a much more contained Saints offense.
"They definitely hit some tough shots," said Reigle of a Crossroads team that shot 43 percent from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the line in the first half. "We contested some and they still hit some tough shots. Yesterday we started off and hit nine threes in the first half, and that kind of hypes your defense. But I told them it doesn't matter if you're hitting shots or not, you still have to play defensively, you have to be solid, you have to do all that other stuff. We just have to get better."
Presentation pushed the lead to as many as 12 in the first half before the Knights cut it to five on buckets by Shayne Anderson, AJ Kuhn and Andy Carson on three straight possessions. PC's Chaz Haymond, however, ignited the crowd with a lay-up, foul and ensuing free throw with 0.4 seconds remaining before the break, sending the Saints to the locker room riding the momentum.
PC came out in the second half and used a 7-0 run to put some distance on the scoreboard, then kept the Knights at arm's length the rest of the way.
Anthony Hendricks had 23 points, seven assists and five steals to pace the Saints, one of four players in double figures. Nick Gillette came off the bench for 10 points and eight rebounds, helping the Saints to a 47-22 advantage on the boards.
Crossroads was led by Anderson's 17 points, while Carson had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the game's only double-double.
While there were plenty of positives for Reigle in the win, there were also plenty of lessons to be learned before heading into Tuesday's match-up with Dakota Wesleyan. The Saints committed 26 turnovers on Saturday, a number too high for Reigle's liking.
"We had a plan to take care of the ball, and obviously, we didn't do that with 26 turnovers," he said. "We just have to get better and clean things up all the way around."
Part of the cleaning includes mental lapses on both ends of the court. The Saints were whistled for a delay of game warning for grabbing the ball out of the net after a fast break play and a dead-ball technical foul on the defensive end of the court.
Reigle and the Saints hope to have those lapses in poise cleared up before taking on a Tigers team that recently gave South Dakota State a run in exhibition play, putting up 47 three-point attempts in a 96-73 loss.
"They're a good team," said Reigle. "They got a returning All-American, new coaching staff, but they're a really quality team."
Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
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Presentation 85, Crossroads 72
CROSSROADS: Brandon Jackson 4-11 0-0 8, DeAndre Robinson 2-4 0-0 4, Shayne Anderson 6-13 5-6 17, Andy Carson 5-10 3-4 14, AJ Kuhn 2-11 5-6 11, Richard Dukes 3-6 5-6 13, Eldrick Alexander 1-3 0-0 2, Josh Klassen 0-1 3-4 3, Zach Dawson 0-3 0-0 0.
PRESENTATION: Chaz Haymond 1-5 4-6 6, Anthony Hendricks 9-12 5-7 23, Quincy Davis 0-4 0-0 0, Greg Garrett 4-7 4-7 12, Vladimir Charlitte 2-7 2-4 6, Kenny Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Damian Salais 2-3 0-0 5, Jevaughn Threatt-ray 1-1 0-1 2, Terry Strong 0-1 0-0 0, Alonso Dominguez 1-2 4-5 7, Lorenzo Jarvis 0-1 0-0 0, Chevy Fischer 5-7 2-2 12, Nick Gillette 5-6 0-0 10, Brendan Goetzinger 1-3 0-0 2.
Halftime score — PC 47-38. 3-point field goals — CC 5-22 (Kuhn 2-9, Dukes 2-3); PC 2-12 (Salais 1-2, Dominguez 1-2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — CC 22 (Carson 11); PC 47 (Gillette 8). Assists — CC 12 (Dukes 5); PC 16 (Hendricks 7). Turnovers — CC 19; PC 26. Blocked shots — CC 4 (Robinson 2, Carson 2); PC 1 (Hendricks). Steals — CC 8 (Dukes 3); PC 9 (Hendricks 5).