BDS Boys Third At CRC Tourney

On Monday, top-seeded Bruning-Davenport/Shickley opened play in the 2017 Crossroads Conference Tournament with McCool Junction.  
The game started slowly with both teams playing sound defense. Neither team could really get in a rhythm and the half ended with the Eagles holding a slim 15-13 lead.
“Normally, when you hold someone to 13 points for a half, you go into the break feeling pretty good about your chances,“ Eagle head coach Fred Kluck said.  “We really missed some opportunities to put a few more points on the board, so the half-time speech was mostly about taking advantage of good scoring chances.”
BDS did just that—out scoring the Mustangs 25-14 in the third quarter and breaking open the game to finish with a 58-39 advantage.
Three Eagles were in double figures with Kale Kleinschmidt leading the way scoring 14 points.  He also pulled down a team high eight rebounds and led the team with 4 assists and 3 steals.  Caden Norder added 13 points and John Christensen came off the bench to provide 12.  Anthony Beavers scored 9, Brett Holtzen added 6, and Garrett Schardt had 4 to close out the scoring.
In the semi-final round, BDS met up with another team that had a weather related postponement, although the regular season game with Cross County will be made up on Thursday February 2.  
“We really had a couple of chances to get the lead to a safe place when we were up seven or eight points,” Kluck said.  “They just wouldn’t let us get that margin up to double digits.  They play solid defense and it seemed like when they needed to hit a big shot they did it.”  
BDS played well early jumping out to a 17-13 first quarter advantage, but by the half, CC had cut the margin 26-24.  The Eagles pushed the lead back up to seven with about two minutes to go in the third, but were outscored 8-0 down the stretch including a banked in 3-pointer as the period ended and CC held the lead 37-36 entering the final stanza.
“That was a big turning point I thought,” Kluck said.  “If we had been able to hold that lead or even add to it I think we would have been in pretty good shape down the stretch.”  
Despite trailing entering the period, the Eagles again built a lead back up to four points.  Unfortunately, the turnovers and missed opportunities on the offensive end really hurt as CC hit a late 3-point shot and BDS missed a last scoring chance and the game went to overtime.
The first overtime went back and forth with Anthony Beavers hitting a huge 3-pointer to tie the game late
“Despite the outcome, I really felt like Anthony played easily his strongest game of the year so far,” Kluck said.  “He scored well, rebounded well, and played really sound defense to help keep us in the game.”
CC played for a final shot at the buzzer which they missed to send it to a second overtime.  This time, CC hit free throws to ice the victory and the game ended with them holding a 67-57 lead. The Class C-2 Cougars are 15-3.
Caden Norder scored 22 points to lead the team in scoring and added four assists as well, while Anthony ended up with 16 points, 2 blocks, and 8 rebounds.  Garrett Schardt had 7 points and 8 rebounds including 5 on the offensive end, while Kale Kleinschmidt had 6 points to go with his team high 5 assists and 11 rebounds.  John Christensen and Noel Gines had 4 and 2 points, respectively, to round out the BDS scoring.
The consolation game for third place was held Friday afternoon and despite the disappointment of the close loss the night before, BDS came out and played well against a 10-3 Nebraska Lutheran team they had difficulty beating a couple of weeks before in a regular season game.
“I have to give our kids credit,” Kluck said.  “Third place games are tough to play…neither team wants to be in them, but often they are important momentum builders to get back on track and start another winning streak.  It’s pretty easy to put your head down and just not show up…good teams don’t do that however.”
The game was close early on and as the second quarter was winding down BDS clung to a slim 25-24 margin.  That’s when Kale Kleinschmidt took over as he drove the lane for a final shot he made an acrobatic lay-up while getting fouled and despite missing the free throw got the ball back again on a John Christensen tip out and hit another lay-up as time ran out giving his team  a 29-24 lead at the halftime break.
“Obviously, that was a big turning point for us,” Kluck said.  “We carried that push into the second half and it took a little steam out of them as well.”  BDS outscored NL 19-5 in the third period and built the lead up to 24 at the end winning the game going away 65-41.
Leading the way in scoring for the 12-4 Eagles, who are currently No. 3 in D-1 wild card points, was Garrett Schardt, who attacked the offensive boards and scored down inside for 19 points and 6 rebounds.  Kale added 12 points and had team highs in rebounds with 9 and assists with 6.  John Christensen had double figures scoring 11 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.  Caden Norder added 6 points while both Anthony Beavers and Noel Gines scored 4 points with Noel adding 4 assists and Anthony 8 rebounds.  In other scoring Brett Holtzen came off the bench  to add 3 points and play solid defense, Hunter Krehnke added 2 as did Jacob Swartzendruber, and Taylor Anderson. 

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