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Boys basketball: Chargers grind their way to another win

Taylor Bitzan1 / 3
Tanner Bitzan2 / 3
James Strese3 / 3

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team got back into action after the holidays with a 48-39 win at New York Mills on Tuesday.

The Chargers (5-3) have won with their defense, and that's what they did against the Eagles (2-6). It marks the fourth time this season that Brandon-Evansville has held a team to 40 points or less in a win.

"I thought we played with some urgency tonight," Chargers head coach Trent Hintermeister said. "I was happy with our defensive effort once again. We are just a grind-it-out type of team that needs our defense to be good so it can help our offense get going."

Brandon-Evansville shot 41 percent (18-43), including 4-of-12 from three.

Senior forward James Strese had a team-high 15 points to go with five rebounds. Senior guard Taylor Bitzan added 11 points, six rebounds and three assists, while sophomore forward Tanner Bitzan chipped in nine points and four rebounds.

The Chargers jump back into Little Eight Conference action on Thursday night at 7:15 when they welcome Battle Lake (5-3) to Brandon.

B-E 25 23 - 48

NYM 17 22 - 39

B-E TOTALS - FG - 18-43; Three-point FG - 4-12; FT - 8-14; Assists - 10; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 27; Steals - 8; Turnovers - 11

B-E - James Strese - 15 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Marshall Riedel - 4 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound; Taylor Bitzan - 11 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Darrin Wibstad - 4 points, 1 block, 2 rebounds; Keagan Schiele - 2 assists, 2 rebounds; Jake Hintermeister - 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 5 steals; Eli Anderson - 2 points; Tanner Bitzan - 9 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 4 rebounds; Sam Fuller - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

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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