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Turnovers haunt B-E boys

Blaze Fugina | Echo Press Will Schroeder goes up for a shot against Underwood’s Ben Field on December 13. Schroeder had four points against Ortonville last week. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville boys’ basketball team is searching for a way to limit its turnovers and give itself a chance in games.

The Chargers couldn’t do that against Ortonville on Thursday night in a 79-28 loss to the Trojans. Brandon-Evansville turned the ball over 30 times and Ortonville built a 50-14 lead at the break.

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“I know we’re better than this,” Chargers’ head coach John Holsten said of his team’s turnover problems. “I think we just panic out there and things tend to snowball. Right now, we just don’t have an answer to stop one turnover become two, become three, becoming four.”

Those extra possessions for Ortonville led to 35 more shots for the Trojans than the Chargers got. Brandon-Evansville hit just 37 percent of their shots (11-of-30), while Ortonville connected on 32-of-65. The Trojans also won the rebounding battle 26-18 and held on to the ball themselves, committing just six turnovers.

“Their first half was about as perfect a half as you could play,” Holsten said.

James Nitz had a lot to do with that. He finished with a game-high 23 points, 21 of those coming before the break.

“[He] is a three-year starter for them. He’s a physical kid and he can get the ball where he wants to get it. We just had trouble dealing with him.”

Skyler Quinn was the only player in double figures for Brandon-Evansville. He finished with 11 points and six rebounds. Tom Bosek and Will Schroeder each added four points apiece.

The loss dropped the Chargers to 1-7 overall heading into the Christmas break. Holsten will hold open gyms for them on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday after Christmas before resuming practice on December 30. Their next game is at Rothsay on January 3.

“First, I told them Merry Christmas and then that this is going to turn,” Holsten said of his message to his team. “It’s going to be sweet when it does. I’m convinced that we’re going to get this done.”


ORTONVILLE 50 29 – 79


TOTALS – Ortonville – FG – 32-65; FT – 10-12; Rebounds – 26; Steals – 13; Turnovers – 6; B-E – FG – 11-30; FT – 3-7; Rebounds – 18; Steals – 1; Turnovers – 30; Assists – 7

B-E – Jon Thoennes – 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Taylor Bitzan – 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Kevin Campbell – 2 rebounds; McKenon Plaster – 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Brandon Christianson – 1 rebound, 2 assists; James Huisman – 2 points; Bosek – 4 points, 3 rebounds; Quinn – 11 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Schroeder – 4 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists

ORTONVILLE – Nitz – 23 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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