Class AA: No.5 seed Lynx look fierce in routing Huron

Class AA: No.5 seed Lynx look fierce in routing Huron

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Class AA: No.5 seed Lynx look fierce in routing Huron

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The Brandon Valley boys basketball team made a pretty big statement to open the Class AA state tournament on Thursday, routing a strong Huron team 62-29 at the Arena.

It was the eighth straight win for the Lynx, and sets up a semifinal clash with Roosevelt.

The top-ranked Riders have not lost a game to an in-state team this year, but on Thursday the Lynx made clear they’re a credible challenger with an effort that was impressive on both ends of the court.

The Tigers were with the Lynx step-for-step through the first quarter, but Brandon (17-6) scored on a buzzer-beater just before the end of the first to make it 15-12, then totally dominated the rest of the contest, outscoring Huron 47-17 over the final three quarters.

Brandon Valley coach Brent Deckert seemed almost stunned by how completely his team had controlled the contest.

“I knew we’d be ready,” said Deckert, whose team shot 54 percent and committed just six turnovers. “This whole month we’ve been very sharp in practice. But to play a team as good as Huron that has an unbelievable coach and have an outcome like that, we sure didn’t expect that. That’s a credit to our kids.”

Chase Marso is BV’s leading scorer, but he missed his first seven shots, and finished just 3-for-13 — though he did still manage nine points, five rebounds and three assists. While Marso was cold early, Nic Peterson was red hot, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half. Peterson finished the game 8-of-9 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from deep.

“We just came out with an edge,” Peterson said. “We were making shots and playing good ‘D’. It wasn’t just me hitting shots, I thought everyone was getting each other open. We were setting screens and helping each other out. We really executed.”

And while the Lynx were excellent in both shooting and discipline on offense, the Tigers (16-8) were not. They hit just 3-of-16 field goals in the second half, and turned it over 19 times for the game.

“They were the better team,” said Tigers coach Tim Buddenhagen, who got 12 points from Justin Decker. “I’m not going to say anything bad about the way we played because a lot of it has to do with (Brandon) and what they did. They made things happen and we didn’t. We got caught on our heels and never got in a rhythm on offense, and that has a lot to do with their physical defense. They got what they wanted on offense and we couldn’t get the ball inside like we wanted to.”

Now the Lynx are set up for their clash against the top-ranked Riders, who routed Brandon 82-55 in Brandon back in December. But the Lynx are a different team today.

“We’re playing with a lot of confidence,” said Brandon’s Jacob Adams, who had 10 points, four rebounds and two steals Thursday. “As long as we can keep knocking down big shots and playing good defense I think we can beat anybody.”

Meanwhile the Tigers head to the consolation round in a daze after getting run over by a streaking team.

“I hope we can (bounce back for the consolation round),” Buddenhagen said. “Right now our dreams have been shattered because we wanted to be one of the last teams standing. We’ll find out how much resolve we have tomorrow.”

BRANDON VALLEY (17-6)

Adams 4-8 1-3 10, Bauer 3-4 2-2 9, Marso 3-13 3-3 9, N. Peterson 8-9 3-4 20, Winter 2-3 0-0 4, Nealy 2-2 0-0 4, Bruget 1-1 0-0 2, Albertson 0-1 0-0 0, Immeker 0-1 0-0 0, Sjoberg 1-2 0-0 2, Erck 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-46 9-17 62.

HURON (16-8)

Noonan 2-4 0-0 6, Carr 0-2 0-0 0, Morrison 0-1 0-0 0, Zwanziger 3-5 0-0 7, Decker 5-9 2-3 12, Heinz 0-2 0-0 0, Brooks 0-2 0-0 0, Kopfmann 0-1 0-0 0, C.Carr 1-1 1-2 3, Busch 0-2 0-0 0, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0, Sporrer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 11-31 4-7 29.

Brandon Valley 15 35 52 62

Huron 12 20 25 29

3-pointers: BV 3-9 (Marso 0-4, Peterson 1-1, Bauer 1-1, Adams 1-1, Alberston 0-1, Sjoberg 0-1), Huron 3-10 (Noonan 2-3, W.Carr 0-2, Zwanziger 1-1, Heinz 0-1, Brooks 0-1, Kopfman 0-1, Busch 0-1). Rebounds: BV 26 (Marson 5), Huron 20 (Decker 3). Assists: BV 15 (Marso 3, Winter 3), Huron 7 (Heinz 2). Total fouls: BV 14, Huron 14.

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