The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team had to regroup in a big way after getting hit right off the bat against Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Thursday night.

The Warriors (9-11) knocked down six first-half threes and led 32-17 at the break. The Chargers (13-7) responded by rallying in the second half for a 53-51 win.

“Wheaton played great in the first half and shot the ball very well,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “I thought they did a nice job bringing energy right away. After halftime, we came out and executed much better offensively. Defensively, we made some adjustments to not let them get as easy of looks at the hoop. I'm proud of the way our guys gutted this one out. It's nice to see the fight after being down 20 in the first half.”

Senior guard Keagan Schiele led the comeback effort. He scored 11 of his team-high 17 points over the final 18 minutes. Tanner Bitzan added all 11 of his points after halftime too. That negated a game-high 22 points from Wheaton’s Matthew Thielen.

“The weird part about this whole thing is that we have to go play them again on Saturday when we play a boys/girls doubleheader at the University of Minnesota-Morris,” Hintermeister said.

The Chargers and Warriors will play that game at 2:30 p.m. The girls’ game between the two programs will start at 1 p.m.

WHN 32 19 - 51

B-E 17 36 - 53

B-E SCORING - Marshall Riedel - 5; Tyler Bitzan - 2; Kobe Reiland - 7; Keagan Schiele - 17; Tony Schaffran - 3; Tanner Bitzan - 11; Titus Fuller - 6; Andrew Johnson - 2

WHN SCORING - Nick Lupkes - 11; Matthew Thielen - 22; Logan Birchem - 5; Dylan Bainbridge - 6; Grant Dawson - 1; Clint Determan - 4; Michael Franzese - 2

Barrage of threes carries WCA to 19-2

West Central Area knocked down 13-of-20 threes on Thursday night.

It was part of a 64% shooting night overall (27-42) that helped the Knights move to 19-2 and win their ninth straight after taking care of Ortonville (5-12) 81-40.

“We had a little team meeting and film session today on the quality of our screens and our post-up efforts,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “When you cut and screen well and post-up big to draw double teams, your shot quality is much better. As a result, it led to high-percentage shots and open looks from three. Our ball movement and team passing was at a high level. It was good team basketball.”

The Knights played all 12 of their players and said he liked the contributions everyone gave WCA. Jack Van Kempen had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Brady Reeve added 16 points, and Gage Staples was the Knights’ third player in double figures with 11.

WCA 81, ORTONVILLE 40

TOTALS - WCA - FG - 27-42; Three-point FG - 13-20; FT - 14-18; Rebounds - 28; Ortonville - FG - 13-39; Three-point FG - 8-21; FT - 6-11; Rebounds - 18

WCA - Jack Van Kempen - 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals; Brady Reeve - 16 points; Gage Staples - 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Grant Beuckens - 9 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds; Tate Christenson - 9 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Jacob Bright - 7 points, 3 assists, 2 steals; Ryder Staples - 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists; Jacob Strunk - 5 points; Xander Bontjes - 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 assist; Cole Anderson - 1 rebound, 1 assist; Isaac Kreft - 2 rebounds; Nathaniel Junker - 1 rebound, 1 steal

ORTONVILLE SCORING - Micah Heinrich - 9; Pete Treinen - 8; Zach Kuchenmeister - 6; Jacob Rademacher - 4; Keagan Hamman - 3; Owen Longnecker - 3; Jesse Anderson - 3; Nathaniel Miska - 2

Spuds stay hot with win over Alexandria

Moorhead stayed hot with a 77-67 victory over Alexandria on Thursday night, pushing the Spuds’ winning streak to eight games.

Drew Hagen led all scorers with 22 points for the Spuds. Brady Walthall poured in 15 points and Donnavin Hinsz had 13.

Erik Hedstrom scored 19 points for the Cardinals (16-6), who had won nine of their last 10 games entering Thursday. Alexandria beat Moorhead 74-59 when these two teams met on Jan. 14.

MOORHEAD 77, ALEXANDRIA 67

ALEXANDRIA TOTALS - FG - 24-48; Three-point FG - 10-27; FT - 7-11

ALEXANDRIA - Carter Steffensmeier - 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Carrson Jones - 7 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds; Isaac McCoy - 3 points; Ethan Patience - 7 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Kristen Hoskins - 15 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Erik Hedstrom - 19 points, 4 assists, 1 steal; Ryan Forster - 5 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound; Colton Roderick - 9 points, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 1 rebound

Lakers hold off Sauk Centre

Minnewaska held off a big comeback attempt by Sauk Centre on Thursday night in a 62-58 win for the Lakers.

Minnewaska (15-6, 9-4 West Central Conference) led 35-20 at the half, but the Mainstreeters (7-15) outscored the Lakers 38-27 after halftime. Minnewaska held on by shooting 58% overall. A huge part of that came from inside the arch, where the Lakers were 20-of-26.

Grant Jensen and Sam Hested led four players in double figures for Minnewaska with 14 each. Peyton Johnsrud and Aaron Ver Steeg each added 13.

MINNEWASKA 35 27 - 62

SAUK CENTRE 20 38 - 58

MINNEWASKA TOTALS - FG - 23-39; Three-point FG - 3-13; FT - 13-23; Assists - 7; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 22; Steals - 5; Turnovers - 9

MINNEWASKA - Peyton Johnsrud - 13 points, 1 rebound; Grant Jensen - 14 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Sam Hested - 14 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds; Drew Nelson - 4 points, 1 rebound; Aaron Ver Steeg - 13 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Luke Barkeim - 4 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Brady Hoffman - 1 block, 2 steals

SAUK CENTRE SCORING - Riley Gritz - 2; Logan Suelflow - 18; Jay Neubert - 15; Mathew Warring - 2; Macoy Thiesen - 11; Isaiah Hornick - 8