Boys basketball: Brandon-Evansville makes the clutch plays needed to beat Parkers Prairie in overtime
Tuesday's game between Brandon-Evansville and Parkers Prairie was close throughout and Brandon-Evansville pulled through with the overtime win with clutch plays from multiple players.
PARKERS PRAIRIE - With a 65-64 lead and possession of the ball with less than a minute remaining in overtime against the Parkers Prairie Panthers, the Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team worked to find a good shot to try to pad its lead.
The Chargers found that open shot as sophomore Tanner Riedel knocked down a corner three with about 40 seconds left in overtime and locked up the Chargers' 68-64 win on Tuesday.
Riedel knocked down two three-pointers in regulation, but no three-pointer was bigger than the one he hit in front of the B-E bench in overtime to seal the win.
“That was a big shot, obviously,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “The fun thing about Tanner is we came into the season expecting that he might end up being a starter, and this guy that we rely on to do so many things for us. At the start of the season, things were hard. He was struggling, and he wasn't playing well. We sent him down to JV. The resolve he has as a human being is astounding for a 15-year-old. I'm just so happy for him as a person because of how hard he works and because of how great of a person he is. He works hard, cheers on his teammates, and he never gives up. I’m just so proud of him.”
Following Riedel’s basket, B-E’s Brady Perleberg earned a steal and gave B-E the ball back with 21.8 seconds left in overtime.
“He’s a dog,” Hintermeister said. “He’s a three-year varsity starter for us, and we told him in those first two years we didn't care if he shot the ball well at all, but he was going to guard the other team's best players. This year, he's doing that and scoring for us.”
B-E (4-9, 2-6 Section 6A) had a chance to put the game away in overtime and came close to doing so.
Coming out of a timeout with 9.7 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 60, Dezmond White drove to the left elbow, put up a floater, and collided with Parkers Prairie’s Caden DeBoer. White’s shot went in with 0.4 seconds left, but DeBoer drew a charge call on White, and the basket was wiped off the board, and the game headed to overtime.
But White and the Chargers weren’t fazed.
White knocked down the first shot in overtime which gave the Chargers a 63-60 lead in overtime, and the Chargers never trailed in overtime.
“I’ve always had the ball in my hands at the end of the game, and you just have to refocus after something like that,” White said. “A play is a play, and a turnover is a turnover; you just have to get back on your feet and move on to the next play.”
The Chargers started the game on a 7-0 run in the first minute and a half, but Panthers (6-5, 3-5 Section 6A) rallied and led for a bit in the first half.
“We just kind of went back to our original game plan of limiting their shots from the outside and trying to get the ball back down low for our guys to have easy shots on offense,” Parkers Prairie head coach Drew Johnson said. “When we get the ball down low, we can open our shots from the outside as well. I think we followed that pretty well into that second half.”
B-E led 29-28 at halftime, but Parkers Prairie took control of the game for a bit in the second half.
Parkers Prairie led by a handful a couple of times, but B-E wouldn’t go away and went on to force overtime.
“It all starts with our seniors,” Hintermeister said. “Guys like Aaron Gillespie, Kian Gackle, Nathan Anderson, Dez, and Brady really set a good example for our guys and are great teammates. They just stayed composed.”
This loss is Parkers Prairie’s first loss at home this season.
“It came down to missing a couple of key shots here and there when we had open looks,” Johnson said. “We also had a couple of turnovers that gave them the opportunity at the end.”
White led the Chargers in scoring with 25 points, while Riedel added 10.
White knocked eight three-pointers in the team’s win.
The Chargers, who made 15 three-pointers in their 80-59 win over Swanville on Monday, knocked down 17 three-pointers in Tuesday’s win.
“We work on making sure that we're crisp with our sets, crisp in our offense, and being patient with the ball,” Hintermeister said.
Dylan Debilzen led Parkers Prairie in scoring with 20 points. DeBoer and Mason Arens combined for 34 of Parkers Prairie's other 44 points.
“We have some quickness with our guys on the outside,” Johnson said. “With guys like Dylan and Mason [Arens] on the outside where we can dribble drive, get to the lane, and finish underneath the basket as well
Both teams' depth was on display on Tuesday, and players from both teams’ benches made big plays in the game.
The Chargers have won their last two games now and are aiming to get on a roll.
“It gives us a spark,” White said about Tuesday’s win. “We’ve got a lot of conference games coming up, so winning big games like this gives us energy. Hopefully, this propels us forward to get more wins later on in the season.”
The Chargers play host to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (9-2, 8-2 Section 6A) at 7:15 p.m. in Evansville on Friday.
Parkers Prairie and B-E are set to meet once more in the regular season on Monday, Feb. 20, in Evansville.
Parkers Prairie is back at home on Friday at 7:15 p.m. against Battle Lake (12-3, 10-2 Section 6A).
“We’ve just got to finish better underneath,” Johnson said. “We've been having a hard time making close shots. Also, our defensive intensity is what we're really trying to preach here. Getting that picked up a little bit so we can set the tone of the game on defense and not setting it on offense is what we’ve been preaching.”
Brandon-Evansville - 29 31 8 - 68
Parkers Prairie - 28 32 4 - 64
B-E SCORING - Micah Fuller, 7 points; Riley Perleberg, 7 points; Brady Perleberg, 5 points; Carter White, 4 points; Dezmond White, 25 points; Kian Gackle, 2 points; Lucas Fuller, 8 points
PARKERS PRAIRIE SCORING - Dylan Debilzen, 20 points; Ryder Ashbaugh, 4 points; Mason Arens, 18 points; Cohen Noska, 2 points; Ben Harrington, 4 points; Caden DeBoer, 16 points