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Chargers edge CGB in overtime

Kyle Bruns has been a consistent threat for the Brandon-Evansville boys' basketball team all season and last Thursday night he had a sidekick in Josh Guetter.

Kyle Bruns has been a consistent threat for the Brandon-Evansville boys' basketball team all season and last Thursday night he had a sidekick in Josh Guetter.

Bruns has put up strong numbers all season, but the game he had in the Chargers' 88-86 overtime victory over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley stands out.

Bruns finished with a triple-double of 30 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists, while Guetter posted career highs in both points and rebounds with 26 and 12, respectively.

Both teams held double-digit leads with the Chargers going up by 12 in the first half and then overcoming a 10-point deficit in the second.

"Holy cow," head coach Paul Hansen said. "Last one with the ball wins in this one and fortunately that was us...I was really proud of how our kids kept their composure in a very rugged contest."

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Bruns calmly drained four big free throws in overtime, and Tom Sullivan and Trent Hintermeister played big roles in getting them to the extra frame. Sullivan ended the night with 15 points and seven assists and Hintermeister chipped in with nine points and nine assists.

"We shared the ball extremely well as a team with 31 assists," Hansen said. "Mike Bertrand chipped in with eight points and Travis Lund gave us some good defensive minutes off the bench."

It was the third win in as many games for the Chargers who are starting to get things going after a 1-5 start to the season.

The Chargers' 64 percent shooting from the field helped them overcome the 25 turnovers they committed on the night. CGB matched them step for step behind Zach McNally's 28 points, but the Wolverines could not make a defensive stop when they needed one.

The Chargers will look to continue their run of strong play when they get back into the bulk of their Little Eight Conference schedule in the upcoming weeks.

"We are moving in the right direction," Hansen said. "Hopefully we can continue to improve as we get back into conference play next week."

GAME STATISTICS

BRANDON 37 38 13 88

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CGB 42 33 11 86

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE STATISTICS - Kyle Bruns - 30 points, 19 rebounds, 11 assists; Mike Bertrand - 8 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Tom Sullivan - 15 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists; Josh Guetter - 26 points, 12 rebounds; Trent Hintermeister - 9 points, 1 rebound, 9 assists; Kullin Erickson - 1 assist; Travis Lund - 1 assist

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