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Breckenridge outmuscles Chargers

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team wrapped up a tough three game stretch of its season schedule on Monday in a home game against Breckenridge.

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Brandon Christianson goes up for a shot attempt in the second half of the Chargers' 52-28 loss to Breckenridge in Evansville on Monday. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team wrapped up a tough three game stretch of its season schedule on Monday in a home game against Breckenridge.

The game against the Cowboys came after the Chargers lost 66-34 to an undefeated Battle Lake team last Tuesday and a 66-63 to Ortonville on Thursday.

The stretch ended in a 52-28 loss to Breckenridge in Evansville on Monday, sending the Chargers into a 13-day break with a 3-4 overall season record.

The Breckenridge High Cchool enrollment is twice that of Brandon-Evansville, which showed in the size advantage that the Cowboys had over the Chargers.

“It was a tough team, a double-A school,” said Skyler Quinn, who led the Chargers with 10 points in the game. “We should have boxed out more, a hard game.”

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The Cowboys came out firing, leading 18-4 with eight minutes left in the first half. B-E cut that lead down to 29-12 at the half, but the Cowboys continued to mount the points in the second half.

Head coach John Holsten said part of the Chargers’ struggles on offense could be attributed to the size of Breckenridge. But he they did not use the best shot selection at times.

“We didn’t play well offensively, really,” Holsten said. “There were some bad shots, I thought. We weren’t as patient as we should have been.”

The Cowboys scoring was led by Nate Lorenz, a 6-foot-7-inch senior who is committed to play basketball at the University of Minnesota-Crookston next year. Lorenz scored 16 points in the first half Monday and added four in the second half.

Nate Blaufuss also finished in the double digits for Breckenridge with 11 points.

James Huisman was the second leading scorer for the Chargers with six points.

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