On Friday, the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Eagles traveled to Osceola to face the Bulldogs in a season-ending boys game. The two teams had met earlier in the CRC tournament and while the Eagles had pulled away and won the earlier game this one figured to be a real battle.
“The first game we kind of extended our lead late and Osceola has won some big ball games since then,” commented Eagle head coach Fred Kluck. “We knew this was going to be a fight on their home court, starting three seniors, and with districts right round the corner.”
Osceola took advantage of their size mismatches early on and quickly jumped out to a 8-2 lead on February 19.
“We figured they might adjust to what happened the first time we played,” Kluck said. “It took us about a quarter to readjust and take away some of their inside play.”
Caden Norder hit a buzzer beater at the first-period break to give the Eagles a 14-13 lead. The second quarter was all about defense as both teams struggled to score and they went into the half with BDS leading 22-18.
“Really this was where Sam Christensen kind of took over the game with his defensive play,” Kluck said. “Most people aren’t going to notice, because he didn’t block any shots or make any steals…he just put himself in position to help on every post-up by the bigger Osceola posts and he kept his man from getting any rebounds on the offensive glass…he was always in the right spot at the right time, and it was absolutely a big reason Osceola struggled and scored just five points.”
The third stanza saw Osceola chip away and the teams entered the fourth quarter with the Eagles holding a slim 31-30 lead. Several times, it looked like BDS was about to put away the Bulldogs and each time they hit timely shots even taking a 2-point lead at one point. With the game tied and a little over a minute to go, the Eagles played for the last shot and after a couple of time outs Riley Tegtmeier drove to the top of the key and hit an 18-foot shot as time ran out to give the 21-3 Eagles the victory.
“This isn’t the first time Riley has hit a big shot, and what happened right before that where Cody Garland saved a turnover was huge as well,” Kluck said. “This should be a good preparation for districts. It had a definite district tournament feel to it.”
BDS is the top seed in the D1-2 Sub-district played at the Fillmore Central High School Geneva. The Eagles will tangle with the Friend/McCool Junction winner on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Geneva. The sub-district final is slated for 7 p.m., on Thursday, February 25. Deshler (15-7) and 13-10 Heartland are on the other side of the bracket.
Nebraska City Lourdes CC (20-4, No. 1 in wildcard points in Class D-1) and Sterling loom large on the other side of the district bracket.