Section 6A-South boys' basketball: Shooting woes end Brandon-Evansville's season
The Brandon-Evansville boys saw a poor shooting night come at the worst possible time as the Chargers' season ended in the 6A South opener against Underwood in a 58-42 game on Monday night.
Brandon-Evansville hit on 16-of-55 shots and made it to the free throw line just six times. Underwood (11-13) made sure that was impossible to overcome as the Rockets shot 50 percent (23-of-46) to move on and play top-seeded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Thursday night.
"It was a game of shooting percentages," head coach John Holsten said. "That determined the outcome. Plus, it seemed as if our shooting took some of the energy out of us and their shooting added energy to what they were doing."
It was the final game for six seniors on this roster. John Haseman finished off a great career with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Pat Schaffer added seven points, five rebounds and six assists. Blake Satterlie had six points, Billie Juul dished out four assists and John Huisman added five points and five rebounds. Mitch Anderson wasn't able to suit up after suffering a season-ending injury earlier in the year.
Haseman stands out for his all-around game, but replacing a total of six players who all saw plenty of game action is never an easy task for any program.
"The others will be difficult to replace too because they're good leaders and they're good kids," Holsten said. "They really represented our program well. We're all proud of them."
Injuries made sustaining some mid-season success a little more difficult. Sophomore James Huisman joined Anderson as guys who were lost for the year after he had worked his way into the starting lineup.
The Chargers were 6-7 after a big win over Little Eight Conference champion Battle Lake on January 18. They lost five straight after that and finished up the season 9-17 overall and 6-6 in the LEC. That was good for fourth place in league play.
"I will sum it up this way," Holsten said. "There was never a day I didn't want to go to practice, and I know I speak for the coaching staff when I say that. They're great kids. They're fun to be around."
Holsten and this program now have the task of trying to replace one of the best players in Brandon-Evansville history. Haseman will leave as the second leading scorer since the schools merged athletically. He wrapped up his career with 1,157 points, second only to Nate Meissner's 1,287. Holsten said Haseman will enroll at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where he will be pre-med along with playing basketball next fall.
"He's a pretty impressive lad," Holsten said, "and humble as can be. I think you hit it on the head when you said work ethic. I think he'll turn himself into a good college player."
Underwood 58, B-E 42
TOTALS - Underwood - FG - 23-46, FT - 8-12; Rebounds - 27; B-E - FG - 16-55; FT - 5-6; Rebounds - 29
B-E - Satterlie - 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Schaffer - 7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists; Juul - 1 rebound, 4 assists; Haseman - 22 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists; John Huisman - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Skyler Quinn - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist
HANCOCK 16 32 - 48
B-E 27 26 - 53
TOTALS - B-E - FG - 21-47; FT - 7-16; Rebounds - 40; Hancock - FG - 18-46; FT - 5-6; Rebounds - 18
B-E - Satterlie - 6 points, 2 rebounds; Schaffer - 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; Juul - 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Haseman - 24 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists; Quinn - 11 points, 15 rebounds, 2 assists; Jo. Huisman - 2 rebounds, 1 assist