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B-E boys shoot their way past Bertha-Hewitt

Brandon-Evansville’s Will Schroeder goes up for a shot in a game against Osakis on December 5. Schroeder was one of seven players to finish with at least seven points against Bertha-Hewitt as he chipped in nine points and four rebounds to help the Chargers to their first win. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville boys’ basketball team secured its first win of the season behind a balanced effort of seven guys with at least seven points.

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The Chargers jumped on Bertha-Hewitt early and carried a 38-26 lead into the break. They never let up after that, securing a 73-56 win that moved them to 1-4 overall.

“It was a victory that we needed,” head coach John Holsten said. “We worked hard for it. We deserved this one.”

Sophomore Skyler Quinn had a nice game with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two assists. He wasn’t alone, though. Tom Bosek added 13 points, nine rebounds and two assists on an efficient night from the field. Bosek shot 5-for-6 from the free throw line and 4-for-6 from the field.

“He had a real stellar night,” Holsten said.”

Will Schroeder added nine points. Brandon Christianson and James Huisman finished with eight, while McKenon Plaster added seven to help the Chargers run away.

Eighth-grader Taylor Bitzan was given the task of guarding the Bears’ best player in Preston Riewer. Riewer finished with a game-high 20 points, but Bitzan didn’t back down, scoring nine himself and grabbing a season-high 14 rebounds.

“He was guarding the Riewer kid but he really guarded him effectively,” Holsten said. “Riewer had a lot of shots and Taylor was in position to grab the rebounds.”

The Chargers finished with season-best numbers from the field and the free throw line. They shot 55 percent on 23-of-42 shooting. They also went 26-of-43 from the free throw line and outrebounded Bertha-Hewitt 50-21. It was the first time all season that the Chargers had three players in double figures.

“That’s the best balanced scoring we’ve had this season,” Holsten said. “If we get that kind of balance, then teams have to guard them all, and it certainly would be to our advantage if people had to guard everyone out there.”

The Chargers will now try to carry over the momentum from their first win as they host Underwood in Evansville tonight, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.



BERTHA-HEWITT 26 30 – 56

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 23-42; FT – 26-43; Rebounds – 50; Turnovers – 17; Bertha-Hewitt – FG – 14-57; Rebounds – 21; Turnovers – 9

B-E – Jon Thoennes – 2 points, 2 rebounds; Bitzan – 9 points, 14 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; McKenon Plaster – 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Christianson – 8 points, 2 rebounds; James Huisman – 8 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 assists; Bosek – 13 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists; Quinn – 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Schroeder – 9 points, 4 rebounds

BERTHA-HEWITT LEADERS – Riewer – 20 points; Riley Boehland – 17 points

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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