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Late rally dooms Charger boys

The Chargers’ Skyler Quinn goes into his shot during a game against Osakis on February 12, 2013. Quinn had a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds last Friday. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville boys’ basketball team has to outhustle and outwork a lot of teams this year in order to give itself a shot in games.

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To that end, the Chargers did everything that head coach John Holsten could ask for in the season opener. It just wasn’t quite enough to overcome a late rally in a 53-44 loss to Henning last Friday night. The game was tied at 42 apiece when the Hornets went on an 11-2 run to end the game.

“We competed really hard,” Holsten said. “There’s not a problem whatsoever with the level of intensity we played at. We just didn’t play very well at times, and Henning isn’t a bad team. They’re a handful as an opponent.”

The Chargers’ effort was evident in the final rebounding numbers as they beat Henning on the boards 34-29. They also forced 18 Hornets’ turnovers but gave the ball away 19 times themselves. That coupled with an 18-of-52 shooting night from the field and a 6-for-14 night from the free throw line ultimately proved to be the difference.

“[The difference was] the shooting percentage and then some poor decisions offensively that caused us to turn the ball over,” Holsten said. “We took some iffy shots, and their defense had a lot to do with it. They’re a good defensive club. We’re a work in progress, and we’re not very patient right now. We lost our composure at times.”

Henning was a little bit better from the field as the Hornets went 19-of-46 and 12-of-20 from the free throw line. The two teams were tied 25-25 at the break before the Hornets found a way to close things out down the stretch.

The loss for the Chargers came despite a nice night from sophomore Skyler Quinn. The 6’2” forward will try to do his best to help make up for the loss of John Haseman this season, and he got off to a good start with 17 points, 13 rebounds and two assists.

“I think he could be a very good player,” Holsten said. “His perimeter shooting needs some work. I think if he gets to work on his shooting, I think he could be a very, very good player.”

Quinn was the only player in double figures for Brandon-Evansville. McKenon Plaster came close with eight points to go along with four rebounds and one assist. Tom Bosek added six points and five rebounds, while Brandon Christianson finished with two points but grabbed eight rebounds.

Quinn may just be a sophomore, but he got his feet wet at the varsity level last year after starting for this team down the stretch as a freshman. Holsten said his confidence is already high, which he hopes will help lead to big things this year and into the future for him.

“He stepped in and started for us at the end of last year and did a real good job,” Holsten said. “We’re going to need him to do a lot of things for us. Those 13 rebounds were big and he will have to guard some guys who might be a little more physical than he is. We’re going to need him. I think his ceiling is pretty high.”

He’s part of a young nucleus that hopes to only get better as the season progresses this year. The Chargers had another road game this past Tuesday night before going to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy next Tuesday. Their first home game is set for December 10 against Bertha-Hewitt.


B-E 25 19 – 44

HENNING 25 28 – 53

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 18-52; Three-point FG – 2-10; FT – 6-14; Rebounds – 34; Turnovers – 19; Henning – FG – 19-46; FT – 12-20; Rebounds – 29; Turnovers – 18

B-E – Jon Thoennes – 2 points, 1 steal, 1 assist; Taylor Bitzan – 5 points, 1 rebound; Plaster – 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Sam Anderson – 1 assist; Christianson – 2 points, 8 rebounds; James Huisman – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists; Bosek – 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist; Quinn – 17 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists; Will Schroeder – 2 points, 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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