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Boys' basketball: Haseman's big night not quite enough for Brandon-Evansville

Senior forward John Haseman hung in the air before releasing a floater that found the bottom of the net late in the first half on Tuesday night. Haseman's 26 points and 11 rebounds weren't quite enough in a non-conference game against Swanville. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

Brandon-Evansville's John Haseman kept his team in the game through one half on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for the Chargers, that wasn't near enough to keep up with a hot shooting Swanville team.

Haseman was the best player on the court against Swanville, but the Bulldogs' depth wore down Brandon-Evansville in a 60-39 loss for the Chargers. They hung around through the first 18 minutes and trailed 29-21 at the break. Haseman had 19 of those points for Brandon-Evansville. He finished with a game-high 26 in a losing effort.

"Coming off of the Wheaton loss, which was really close in double overtime, we really wanted this game," Haseman said. "We all wanted this game and just practicing over this summer, I was just going to give it my all. We're a team so we're going to go as a team. I just try my best."

His best was pretty impressive, despite the Chargers falling to 0-2 on the season. Haseman had 22 points and 17 rebounds in a double overtime loss to Wheaton in the season opener. He followed that up with another double-double after adding 11 rebounds to his 26 points.

The 6'3" senior forward was the most aggressive player on the court throughout the night. He fought through double teams to score around the basket. When the Bulldogs left him alone on the perimeter, he drilled two threes.

His only blemish came at the free throw line where he went 0-for-5. He responded to that by getting in the gym the next day at 7 a.m. to get up some shots from the line before school started.

"He's a determined player," head coach John Holsten said. "If your best player has good work ethics, you know you have something going."

Swanville never wavered in spite of a strong start for Haseman. The Bulldogs went just 9-16 a year ago but played like a much better team than that on Tuesday. They spread the ball around to open shooters and connected on those looks. Swanville shot 42 percent from the field and 5-of-12 from the three-point line.

"I think we came into the game just thinking Swanville was going to be not as good as Wheaton," Haseman said. "I don't know if we didn't come out prepared. We definitely played better against Wheaton. It just got away from us in the second half tonight."

The Chargers shot just 34 percent from the field and no other player finished in double figures. Patrick Schaffer was second on the team with six, while Billie Juul, John Huisman and James Huisman each added two. That wasn't near enough as the Bulldogs continued to hit from the outside in the second half.

"We have other good players too [besides just Haseman]," Holsten said. "It's time for them to show it. We were very pleased with our shot selection for the most part. We're confident in our kids' shooting ability. What we need is for them to share that confidence that we have in them."

Things won't get any easier for the Chargers in the immediate future. They have to go on the road to take on the defending Class A state champions in Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa tonight, Friday. The Jaguars are 3-0 after taking care of Morris Area 53-46 on Tuesday. Brandon-Evansville will be back at home against Parkers Prairie next Tuesday as this team tries to make strides heading into the Little Eight Conference.

"We're still looking for that first win," Haseman said. "We really desperately need that first win. Just concentrating on improving."


SWANVILLE 29 31 - 60

B-E 21 18 - 39

TOTALS - B-E - Field goals - 17-44; Three-point field goals - 2-11; Free throws - 3-9; Rebounds - 30; Swanville - Field goals - 25-60; Three-point field goals - 5-12; Free throws - 5-9; Rebounds - 35

B-E - Haseman - 26 points, 11 rebounds; Schaffer - 6 points; Blake Satterlie - 1 point; Juul - 2 points; John Huisman - 2 points, 6 rebounds; James Huisman - 2 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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