Oakland-Oakland-Craig and BRLD split their Basketball Doubleheader on 107.9 the Bull Friday night as the Knights won the Girls Game 60-50 and the Wolverines took the boys contest 62-51.
In the Girls Game, Oakland-Craig got out to a 13-12 lead at the end of one before winning the 2nd quarter 16-11 to take a 29-23 lead into the locker room.
The Knights outscored BRLD 14-8 in the 3rd quarter to extend their lead to 43-31 at the end of three.
The Wolverines won the 4th quarter 19-17.
Oakland-Craig Head Coach Joe Anderson on the win. “It was fun getting everybody back out there together tonight. And we did some really good things. I was pleased with our defense. We came out at halftime and really played much better halfcourt defense and executed better. And we were able to extend that lead I think 47-31. I think we held them to 8 points in the 3rd quarter, start of the 4th. We’d like to be able to keep pushing and extend that lead a little bit, but credit them, they’re a very good basketball team, and they got a bunch of girls that can put the ball in the basket. That’s what we see on film is they got a bunch of great shooters, and if you leave them they’re going to hurt you. And they did that. They did a nice job, and our girls kept their composure and found a way to get it done.”
Oakland-Craig’s Dacey Nelson led all players with 29 points while Ashley Denton and Kennedy Benne chipped in 11 and 10, respectively.
Caragan Tietz paced BRLD with 10 points. Alyssa Buchholz added 9 while Jordan Snyder totaled 8.
BRLD Head Coach Rod Peters credits his team for never giving up. “I challenged them in the 4th quarter, and I said we got to come out and play. And we maybe cut it to 4 or 5 there. We did a lot of good things so they showed me a lot of guts there. We could of hung our heads and said man this game’s over we can’t shoot free throws, they got a 16, 17 point lead. But they showed me a lot of guts. It’s not easy when you get down to a good team like that. And we competed at the end and we gave up some layups, but we were taking some chances that maybe we normally don’t. So I was proud of them for the way they played in the 4th quarter.”
The Knights run their record to 13-0 on the season and take on Tekamah-Herman on the road Tuesday night.
The Wolverines slip to 10-4 on the season and take on Wakefield-Allen on the road Tuesday night.
In the boys game, BRLD led 9-7 at the end of one. Oakland-Craig won the 2nd quarter 15-14 to make it a 23-22 game at halftime in favor of the Wolverines.
The Wolverines outscored the Knights 19-13 in the 3rd quarter to take a 42-35 lead at the end of three.
BRLD won the 4th quarter 20-16.
The Wolverines’ Lucas Vogt led all scorers with 21 points while Will Gatzemeyer added 16. Dylan Beutler totaled 7.
BRLD Head Coach Cory Meyer says Vogt does a lot for the team. “A lot of times he doesn’t even need to score. He gets a lot of assists, a lot of rebounds. One of my better defenders for the guard position. And I mean there’s a lot of times where we have some big wins and he doesn’t score very much just because he does the other work.”
Oakland-Craig was led in scoring by Colton Thomsen, who notched 12 points. Jared Mulder and Gunnar Ray each had 8 points apiece.
Oakland-Craig Head Coach Aaron Meyer says his team did a lot of good things despite the loss. “One of those games where it came out to be a defensive battle at first, and then all of a sudden both teams kind of cranked it up and hit some shots. And we just wanted to hang around and we did that. Ended up hitting a buzzer beater at halftime to get within 1. Told the guys it’s really important that we get this lead. Got to get over that hump. And I was proud of them, they got the lead, and as soon as we got that it was like oh we took a break. And you just can’t do that, you got to keep playing. And Vogt and Snyder came up, and just as soon as we got that lead they hit some 3’s. And good teams are going to battle back like that and try to take the lead away. And we kind of ran out of gas there for a little bit.”
The Wolverines improve to 11-1 on the season and take on Wakefield on the road Tuesday night.
The Knights fall to 8-7 on the year and battle Tekamah-Herman on the road Tuesday night.