A couple of three-point bombs from Caden Norder and Anthony Beavers of Bruning-Davenport-Shickley set the tone for the contest of two ranked teams Saturday night in Brainard.
The Eagles, who were able to substitute liberally with a lineup of eight seniors and two juniors, topped the East Butler basketball team 53-11. There was plenty of athleticism, since the game pitted players from the Class D1 Football champion Tigers against the Class D2 football champion Eagles.
East Butler fell behind but hustled for every point, trailing 13-9 at the end of the opening frame. The Tigers trailed 24-15 at the half.
“This was a tough physical game that really came down to shooting. The difference was the 3-point shot,” said East Butler coach Greg Jahde. “They knocked down over 50 percent and we were under 25 percent. If we could have got to the freethrow line more often like we should have, maybe this could have been different.”
The Tigers’ best quarter was the third, but the Eagles outscored the home team 17-15. In the fourth quarter the Eagles scored enough to begin eating up the clock with a spread-out offense. BDS held a decided size advantage.
East Butler traveled on Tuesday to Exeter-Milligan (2-0), then hosts Osceola(0-2) on Thursday, Dec. 7.
December 2 at Brainard
BDS (2-0) 13 12 17 12 – 53
EB (1-1)9 6 15 11 – 41
EB: Rhynalds 20, Janak 9, Havlovic 6, Jirovsky 3, Dvorak 2
BDS: Norder 17, Schardt 11, Beavers 10, Christensen 8, Stengel, 5
Rebounding – EB: Havlovic 8, Rhynalds 3
Assists – EB: Havlovic 3, Robley 2
Steals – EB: Dvorak 4, Stara 2