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BDS 15-1 Entering CRC Play

On Tuesday, the McCool Junction Mustangs came down to Bruning for a CRC regular season matchup with Bruning-Davenport/Shickley.
BDS started fast as Sam Christensen, Cody Garland, and Caden Norder  combined to hit four first-quarter threes to help the Eagles to a 23-10 advantage at the periods end.  
“Those guys can all shoot and Riley and Stuart made good passes to get those shots in rhythm,” Eagle head coach Fred Kluck said. “When that’s happening, everything looks easy and teams tend to play a little more relaxed.”
Things continued to go well from there with Noel Gines joining the 3-point parade and by the half, BDS was up a comfortable 44-19.
The second half slowed down and by game's end the Eagles pulled away for a 71-34 victory.  Two seniors, Cody Garland and Ben Elznic, led the way as Cody ended the night with 11 points and a team leading 4 steals, while Ben scored 10 points while knocking down all four of his free throw attempts and leading the team with 7 rebounds as well.
Balanced scoring was the name of the game for the Eagles as a dozen BDS players scored with Sam Christensen and Noel Gines scoring 8 apiece, Kale Kleinschmidt had 7, Kendall Dickson and Caden Norder scored 6 each, Riley Tegtmeier had 5 and a team high 6 assists, Garret Schardt put in 5 points, while Brett Holtzen and Anthony Beavers had 2, and Stuart Rohr finished tying a team high with 7 rebounds and 1 point as well.
Friday night, saw the Eagles in Exeter for a CRC matchup with the E-M Timberwolves.  Both teams were playing their final tune-up for the CRC Tournament held over the next week at the York auditorium.  
The game started with E-M holding the upper hand as the Timberwolves attacked the press and shot well on the end to help them to a two-point lead about half way through the first quarter.  But the Eagles settled in behind Kale Kleinschmidt and Riley Tegtmeier's strong offensive play and by the end of the period BDS led 15-9.
“It took us a few possessions to figure out the type of zone they were playing and once we did Kale and Riley did a nice job of hitting the shots,” Kluck said.
The second period saw the Eagles push their lead to 17, but E-M hung tough and by the half BDS’s lead was only 28-18.
The Eagles came out on fire to start the second half and once again 3-point shooting broke things open as Cody Garland, Riley Tegtmeier, Caden Norder and Sam Christensen knocked down five threes in the third quarter including Sam's buzzer beater to put the game out of reach at 51-26.  The Eagle reserves continued strong scoring in the fourth stanza and the game ended 71-34.

A total of 10 Eagles made it into the scoring column led by Riley Tegtmeier's 19 points and a team-high 5 assists.  Kale Kleinschmidt had 13 points along with 3 steals, and Caden Norder came off the bench to knock down 11.  Cody Garland had 9, Sam Christensen,Ben Elznic,Garrett Schardt, Stuart Rohr, and Kendall Dickson each added 3, while Anthony Beavers finished up the scoring with 2.  Ben also led all rebounders with 9.

BDS (15-1), ranked No. 1 in wildcard points in Class D-1, opened CRC Tournament play on Tuesday against the winner of the E-M/McCool Junction contest.  With a win, the Eagles (the tourney's top-seed) would advance to a CRC semi-final game on Thursday in York.