Thursday, March 22, 2012

Belgrade Brooten Elrosa 85 Lakeview Christian 76

As expected BBE and Lakeview put on a great show. BBE ran out to an early lead of as much as 19 points at 36-17 at 5:34 of the 1st half. BBE played a 2-3 and 1-3-1 zones, and didn't do anything too terribly special to defend Lakeview's 44 points-per-game scorer, Anders Broman, yet Broman struggled, hitting 4-of-9 shots with 5 turnovers in the 1st half.

But Anders' 9th grade brother Bjorn stepped up, scoring 16 1st half points, and Josh Plys hit 4-of-8 3s for 12 1st half points, and by half-time Lakeview was within 47-39.

Lakeview got within 1 at 52-51 and 54-53 in the 2nd half but couldn't seal the deal. BBE guard Brian Goodwin took over at that point, repeatedly driving to the rim for a total of 15 2nd half points to go with 10 in the 1st half. Earlier it had been older brother Connor Goodwin with 15 1st half points who had dominated in the paint. He added 9 2nd half points for a total of 24. And Billy Borgerding showed a beautiful shooting stroke, hitting 7-of-10 FG and scoring a total of 18 points.

In the end the outcome was all about shooting percentage: BBE 53 percent, Lakeview 38. That and BBE's persistence in pushing the ball upcourt, even while trying to protect the lead. Its aggressive style resulted in a great many lay-ups and a 22-16 edge scoring in the paint.

Anders finished at 5-of-19 and 2-of-10 3s, well below his 44 point average with just 18 points. Bjorn finished with 18 as well on 6-of-10 shooting. Plys scored 18 on 6 3s, and Luke Borchardt scored 12 with 10 boards.

Player of the Game: Brian Goodwin edges out brother Connor. Brian had 25 points, 6 assists and 5 steals.

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