The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team relied on its defense to get a 48-41 win over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Friday night, and senior Tanner Bitzan accomplished a milestone in the process.

Bitzan scored his 1,000th career point in the game as he led the Chargers to 11-6 overall.

“(Tanner) played a nice game all in all,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “Tanner becomes the fifth 1,000-point scorer in Chargers’’ history since the schools merged.”

Bitzan had a game-high 14 points, including 10 in the first half that allowed the Chargers to take a 24-19 lead into the break.

“We played really hard and we were fairly successful defensively,” Hintermeister said. “We made zero threes, shot under 50% from the free throw line, and didn't make many shots outside of five feet. When those things don't go well, it is nice to be able to rely on defense.”

B-E 48, HILLCREST LUTHERAN 41

B-E SCORING - Marshall Riedel - 7; Tyler Bitzan - 3; Kobe Reiland - 6; Keagan Schiele - 10; Seth Stelzer - 4; Jesse Perleberg - 2; Tanner Bitzan - 14; Titus Fuller - 2

HILLCREST SCORING - Joel Quam - 10; Thomas Zwiers - 6; Yuchan Ha - 3; Zeke Ihrke - 2; Micah Foss - 13; Sam Brumfield - 4; Jowell Seymor - 3

Knights 17-2 after another double-digit win

West Central Area breezed past another opponent on Friday night as the Knights (17-2) beat Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (9-10) 75-51.

The Knights shot 53% and hit 19-of-26 free throws. They also had a 39-21 advantage on the boards.

"We had a big advantage inside tonight, and as a team we had numerous good passes to take advantage of that,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. "Wheaton has been playing well and is a team that shoots the ball well. They controlled the pace in the first half as we only led 25-19, but we were able to control the pace in the second half, scoring 50 points while holding them to 32."

Jack Van Kempen had 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double, while Gage Staples had 22 points and nine boards. Ryder Staples added 11 points as the Knights’ third player in double figures.

WCA 75, WHEATON-H-N 51

TOTALS - WCA - FG - 26-49; FT - 19-26; Rebounds - 39; Turnovers - 9; WHN - FG - 17-47; FT - 8-17; Rebounds - 21; Turnovers - 13

WCA - Jack Van Kempen - 16 points, 11 rebounds; Gage Staples - 22 points, 9 rebounds; Ryder Staples - 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Brady Reeve - 8 points, 5 rebounds; Jacob Bright - 7 points, 4 assists, 3 steals; Tate Christenson - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists; Grant Beuckens - 2 points, 4 steals, 4 assists; Jacob Strunk - 3 points; Xander Bontjes - 2 points; Cole Anderson - 1 rebound, 1 assist; Isaac Kreft - 2 rebounds

WHN SCORING - Matt Thielen - 24; Logan Birchem - 7; Mike Franzese - 6; Nick Lupkes - 4; Clint Determan - 4; Dylan Bainbridge - 2; Grant Dawson - 2; Zach Braaten - 2

Lakers add second win in as many days

Minnewaska (14-6) followed up an impressive win over Class A’s top-ranked BOLD on Thursday night by beating Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City (8-12) 79-68 on Friday.

The Lakers have won five of their last six games. They hit seven threes against ACGC and put four players in double figures. Grant Jensen led the way with 27 points. Peyton Johnsrud had 17, and Aaron Ver Steeg and Luke Barkeim had 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Falcons led at the half 37-29, but the Lakers outscored ACGC 50-31 over the final 18 minutes. A big part of that was at the free-throw line where Minnewaska shot 34-of-45.

MINNEWASKA 29 50 - 79

ACGC 37 31 - 68

MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 19-42; Three-point FG - 7-18; FT - 34-45; Assists - 6; Rebounds - 33; Steals - 9; Turnovers - 9

MINNEWASKA - Peyton Johnsrud - 17 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Grant Jensen - 27 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Sam Hested - 5 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, 1 steal; Drew Nelson - 4 points, 1 steal; Aaron Ver Steeg - 13 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Luke Barkeim - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Hoffman - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 3 rebounds