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Boys' basketball: Chargers head to tourney with a pair of victories

The Brandon-Evansville boys wrapped up the regular season with two straight wins to send them into the Section 6A tournament with a little momentum tomorrow.

The Brandon-Evansville boys wrapped up the regular season with two straight wins to send them into the Section 6A tournament with a little momentum tomorrow.

The Chargers never led in regulation but came out on top when it mattered in a 60-57 overtime win at Hancock last Friday. That came after they recognized their four seniors on Senior Night with a 64-28 win over Henning in their last home game of the season last Tuesday.

Brandon-Evansville rallied from an early 13-point deficit to force overtime and eventually beat the Owls in the regular-season finale. The Chargers trailed by seven at the break but went into the extra session when Phill Krueger got a shot block on Hancock's final possession.

Sean Henneman gave his team its first lead on the first possession of overtime. He hit a three to make it 55-52. The Chargers held on by hitting 3-of-5 free throws down the stretch. They shot 48 (23-48) percent from the field in the game.

"Hancock executed their game plan very well and really kept us off balance," head coach John Holsten said. "They outworked us for much of the game. Krueger and Henneman made some big plays at both ends of the floor down the stretch to lead us to the comeback win."

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The two seniors both finished in double figures. Krueger had 21 points, while Henneman poured in 15 points and dished out six assists.

The Chargers took care of things a lot earlier against Henning earlier in the week. They jumped out 35-15 by the break and outscored the Hornets 29-13 in the second half.

"We were active defensively and did a good job contesting Henning's shot attempts," Holsten said. "Offensively, we moved effectively without the ball and passed well, recording 19 assists for the game. We put together a consistent effort throughout the game."

The Chargers got another good shooting night throughout their lineup on their way to a 45-percent shooting game from the field. Jared Goehringer had 23 points and six rebounds to lead the way. Krueger had 18, while Henneman poured in 12.

The Chargers will now turn their attention to the Section 6A tournament this week. They open up the north subsection as the No. 5 seed and will be at fourth-seeded Ashby tomorrow, Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the subsection semifinals on Saturday for a 6 p.m. game at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

GAME STATISTICS

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 22 30 8 - 60

HANCOCK 29 23 5 - 57

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BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Brandt Bitzan - 4 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists; Sean Henneman - 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 6 assists; Kyle Steffenson - 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Krueger - 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist; John Haseman - 5 points, 2 rebounds; Jared Goehringer - 6 points, 5 rebounds; Zach Hintermeister - 3 steals, 2 assists

HENNING 15 13 - 28

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 35 29 - 64

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE - Bitzan - 6 rebounds, 4 blocks, 2 steals, 4 assists; Henneman - 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists; Steffenson - 3 points, 2 assists; Krueger - 18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists; Haseman - 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Goehringer - 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists; Hintermeister - 2 points, 2 assists; Hunter Langlie - 2 points, 1 assist; Billie Juul - 1 rebound

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