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Boys' basketball: Brandon-Evansville outlasts Ortonville

Senior guard Patrick Schaffer drove the lane against Ortonville last Thursday night. Schaffer finished with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists in the win. (Eric Morken, Echo Press)

Brandon-Evansville's John Haseman looked like he might be a one-man wrecking crew through the first half last Thursday night.

The senior forward had 10 of his team's 13 points at the break and assisted on the Chargers' only other bucket. That wasn't a winning formula as Brandon-Evansville trailed Ortonville 19-13 at the half. There's no doubt his teammates knew that, and over the final 18 minutes, they did something about it in a 56-52 win over the Trojans.

"I'm really impressed with the way the kids handled things down the stretch," head coach John Holsten said. "We didn't play that well in the first half, but the kids gathered themselves and made some plays."

Fellow senior Blake Satterlie was held scoreless through the first 18 minutes, but shot Ortonville out of its zone defense after the break. He hit four threes and finished with 14 points.

Patrick Schaffer was also instrumental in the second-half surge, finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists, while going 3-of-4 from the line down the stretch.

"I just felt like I was kind of getting back into it in the first half," Satterlie said of coming back from the flu. "The second half, it came right back to me and felt really good. Tonight, in the second half, I knew it was going in."

That opened up the lane for Haseman to do what he does best. He finishes through contact around the rim as well as any player in the area. Haseman put up 19 points in the second half to finish with a game-high 29.

"When [Blake] gets hot, he's hot," Haseman said of Satterlie. "That opens it up hugely [in the lane]. The first half, it was pretty hard to get the ball in there. Then he started knocking down shots."

The Chargers needed every shot they got as Ortonville answered every run with one of its own until the final minute. Both teams caught fire from three, where the Chargers went 7-of-9 after halftime and the Trojans finished 8-for-14 for the game.

Ortonville's senior forward Jade Hasslen tied things up at 49 apiece with a triple from the top of the key with 2:30 left. Haseman answered with a fade-away jumper from the baseline to give his team the lead back. The Trojans never pulled even again as Schaffer iced the game by making one of two free throws that made it a two-possession game with six seconds left.

Brandon-Evansville didn't have the size advantage at almost every position, but they made up for it with gritty play. Schaffer calmed down after a couple turnovers caused by some early full-court pressure from the Trojans. Satterlie also answered the challenge after a rough first half by being more aggressive.

"He looks like a frail athlete, but he's got the heart of a warrior," Holsten said of Satterlie. "He stepped up and made some shots, and he made some great cuts in the middle of their zone and the kids found him."

The Chargers know how important it is to have players step up around Haseman. They have done it with more consistency in a stretch where they have won five of their last eight games after starting the season 0-3.

"After the third or fourth game, everything has just been clicking," Haseman said. "Everybody knows their role and everybody is doing a good job. It's beautiful."


ORTONVILLE 19 33 - 52

B-E 13 43 - 56

TOTALS - Ortonville - FG - 19-48; 3-pt FG - 8-14; Rebounds - 27; Turnovers - 9; B-E - FG - 22-40; 3-pt FG - 8-17; Rebounds - 19; Turnovers - 10

B-E - Satterlie - 14 points, 3 rebounds; Schaffer - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 6 assists; Billie Juul - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Haseman - 29 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; John Huisman - 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Jon Thoennes - 1 assist; James Huisman - 1 assist

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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