B-E boys' basketball: Chargers fall to 6A powers
The Ashby boys' basketball team put its depth on full display last Friday night in an 81-49 win over Brandon-Evansville.
The Arrows (15-1, 7-1 LEC) feature one of the top boys' teams in the area, thanks in large part to a dominant presence inside in Riley Mickelson and big guards around him who can shoot and get to the basket. Ashby demonstrated that on the Chargers' home court last week as the Arrows built a 15-point lead at the break before running away with things in the second half.
"I was very happy with our team effort tonight on both ends of the floor," Ashby head coach Jeremy Knick said. "On defense we did a pretty good job limiting them to one shot and coming up with 12 steals. On offense, we kept attacking the rim hard and pushing the ball, and it really paid off."
Blake Ohren and Tanner Langlie were the catalysts of that attack in the first half. Ohren showed off a midrange game by drilling a couple jumpers off the dribble in the first few minutes on his way to scoring 11 of his 14 total points before the break.
Langlie was aggressive going to the basket all night. He scored four straight points to close out the half and had 12 of his 14 points in the opening 18 minutes. Mickelson also helped control things in the paint with 13 points before the break. He finished with a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds.
J.P. Moe and Jon Quernemoen took things over in the second half. Moe drained three threes and scored all 13 of his points after halftime. Quernemoen gave the Arrows five players in double figures by scoring nine in the second half on his way to 11 points, four steals and three assists on the night.
That team effort trumped a big night from Brandon-Evansville's John Haseman. The junior post didn't back down from the 6'11" Mickelson and scored a game-high 25 points. Jared Goehringer also showed off a 15-foot jump shot on his way to 12 points.
"I give Brandon-Evansville a lot of credit," Knick said. "They kept fighting and working hard all game. John Haseman is a very good player, and he had a really nice game."
The loss to Ashby was the first of what was the toughest back-to-back stretch of games on Brandon-Evansville's schedule this season. The Chargers welcomed in top-ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (19-0, 8-0 CMC) the following night in a game the Jaguars won 75-37.
The Jaguars shot 57 percent (30-53) from the field and forced Brandon-Evansville into 22 turnovers. They also outrebounded the Chargers 28-17.
"Their transition offense was made effective by our inability to take care of the ball and our impatience on offense," Chargers' head coach John Holsten said. "Their defense had a lot to do with that. They were dominant in every aspect of the game. Our guys played hard the entire game, but BBE is a terrific basketball team."
BBE's Connor Goodwin had 21 points and Kirby Montbriand 16 to lead their team to the win. Haseman had a team-high 15 and Jared Goehringer poured in 11 to lead the Chargers. The Arrows and the Jaguars are two of the top three teams in the 6A South with a combined 34-1 overall record.
The Arrows will try to build on the win over the Chargers with just one game this week. That comes at home against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy this Friday night. Brandon-Evansville was scheduled to be in Osakis on Monday night before welcoming in Rothsay on Friday.
ASHBY 40 41 - 81
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 25 24 - 49
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE TOTALS - FG - 20-49; 3-PT FG - 1-14; Rebounds - 25; Turnovers - 19; FT - 8-10
ASHBY - Mickelson - 19 points, 9 rebounds; Langlie - 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Ohren - 14 points, 4 assists; Moe - 13 points, 3 steals; Quernemoen - 11 points, 4 steals, 3 assists; Mason Johnson - 7 points
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Hunter Langlie - 6 rebounds, 1 assist; Mitch Anderson - 1 steal; Pat Schaffer - 2 points, 1 assist; Billie Juul - 5 assists; John Haseman - 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists; Jared Goehringer - 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist; Blake Satterlie - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Zach Hintermeister - 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 assists; Kyle Nelson - 1 point
BBE 44 31 - 75
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 28 9 - 37
TOTALS - Brandon-Evansville - FG - 15-42; Rebounds - 17; Turnovers - 22; BBE - FG - 30-53; Rebounds - 28; Turnovers - 7
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Langlie - 5 points, 3 assists; Anderson - 1 point; Schaffer - 1 rebound, 2 assists; Juul - 2 rebounds; Haseman - 15 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Goehringer - 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Satterlie - 5 points, 1 rebound; Hintermeister - 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 6 assists
BBE - Connor Goodwin - 21; Kirby Montbriand - 16