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B-E boys snap losing skid

James Huisman makes a layup during a game against Underwood on December 13. Huisman had a steal and a bucket late in the game that helped his team to a win over Hancock on Tuesday. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville boys snapped a six-game skid on Tuesday night as the Chargers made the plays down the stretch in a 45-42 win over Hancock.

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That came just a night after they got a combined 33 points from Skyler Quinn and Tom Bosek but couldn’t quite close out Rothsay in a 58-52 overtime loss to the Tigers on Monday.

James Huisman had three points in the game against Hancock, but two of those were big ones as he got a steal with less than a minute to play and went in for a layup that gave the Chargers a one-point lead. Skyler Quinn added two free throws and a couple defensive stops sealed the win for Brandon-Evansville (2-10). Hancock dropped to 0-9 with the loss.

“We’re trying to learn how to win and this was a step toward the education,” Brandon-Evansville head coach John Holsten said. “Both teams are in the same position. [Taylor] Holleman is their only senior. Both teams are trying to figure out how to win with a young lineup.”

Brandon-Evansville ultimately had a little bit more down the stretch. The Chargers shot 16-of-42 from the field, but the difference came at the free-throw line where they went 13-of-18 overall and 9-of-10 in the second half. They also outrebounded the Owls 47-32.

Will Schroeder led the way with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Quinn added 11 points, while Tom Bosek finished with six points and 10 rebounds. That helped overcome 18 points from Holleman and 16 points from Collin Brown.

The win helped Brandon-Evansville put a game behind it that the Chargers could have had the night before. They trailed by 10 at the break but battled all the way back to take a two-point lead with 11 seconds left. Rothsay shot a 10-footer in those closing seconds and two putback attempts by the Tigers’ Brett Brenden. His second one fell to force overtime before Rothsay outscored the Chargers 10-4 in the extra session.

“We’re having trouble finishing games properly,” head coach John Holsten said after that game. “The first half, turnovers hurt us. We were down 10 at the half, but we cleaned it up a little bit in the second half but took some iffy shots and turnovers hurt us again in overtime.”

The Chargers had just two players finish with more than five points. Quinn led the way with 17 to go along with two rebounds, three steals and three assists. Bosek had the first double-double of his varsity career with 16 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to two steals and two assists.

“He did a good job,” Holsten said of Bosek. “He guarded pretty well, took a charge, all the stuff you want a player to do. I thought he played his best game of the year by far.”

The split moved the Chargers to 2-10 overall and also potentially helped in the QRF seeding process as Brandon-Evansville moved in front of Hancock in those rankings with the win.


Brandon-Evansville 52 (F/OT)

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 22-62; FT – 6-10; Steals – 11; Assists – 6; Rebounds – 28; Turnovers – 20; Rothsay – FG – 20-44; FT – 14-20; Rebounds – 33; Steals – 6; Assists – 8; Turnovers – 22

B-E – Jon Thoennes – 3 points, 1 rebound; Taylor Bitzan – 1 point, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; Kevin Campbell – 2 rebounds; McKenon Plaster – 1 steal; Sam Anderson – 2 points; Brandon Christianson – 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Troy Fuller – 2 points; James Huisman – 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Bosek – 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists; Quinn – 17 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 assists; Will Schroeder – 4 points, 5 rebounds

ROTHSAY LEADERS – Brenden – 16 points; Casey Backstrom – 15 points; Logan Moen – 14 points


HANCOCK 16 26 – 42

TOTALS – B-E – FG – 16-42; FT – 13-18; Rebounds – 47; Steals – 8; Assists – 8; Turnovers – 21; Hancock – FG – 17-54; Free throws – 4-9; Rebounds – 32; Steals – 7; Assists – 8; Turnovers – 19

B-E – Thoennes – 1 steal; Bitzan – 4 points, 5 rebounds; Plaster – 2 points, 2 rebounds; Anderson – 1 point, 1 rebound; Christianson – 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 4 assists; Fuller – 2 points, 2 rebounds; Huisman – 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists; Bosek – 6 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals; Quinn – 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Schroeder – 12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal; Campbell – 3 rebounds

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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