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BDS Dominates D1-2 Sub-district

The Bruning-Davenport/Shickley boys spent the week playing the D1-2 Sub-district tournament in Geneva.  On Tuesday, the top seeded 21-3 Eagles met up with the fourth seeded Friend Bulldogs.  
The first quarter was tight as Friend took an early 6-2 lead. Hustle and opportunity came together with Caden Norder and Cody Garland scoring six quick points between them as the two teams traded buckets and BDS took a slim 12-11 lead into quarter number two.  There, the BDS defense clamped down holding Friend to just six second quarter points while Kale Kleinschmidt's drives to the lane and Ben Elznic's solid free throw shooting helped push the Eagle advantage to 28-17 by halftime.
The second half defensive effort stayed strong and Friend could get no closer as the Eagles pulled away for a 55 to 30 victory.
“We really just had a little nerves I think to start things out offensively,” Eagle coach Fred Kluck said.  “Defensively, we really stepped up in the second quarter and really for the entire second half. Some nights when shots aren’t falling like you would like to see them fall, you just have to stop the other team.  Tonight was kind of one of those nights.”
Leading the scoring effort for BDS was Cody Garland who finished with 12.  Kleinschmidt added 10, Riley Tegtmeier had 8 along with 3 assists.  Kendall Dickson and Elznic each had 6 points with all six of Ben’s points coming from the free throw line where he went 6-for-6 on the night in addition to grabbing 6 rebounds.  Stuart Rohr had 5 points and 6 rebounds, while Sam Christensen and Norder each finished with 4 points to round out the scoring.
On Thursday, BDS faced off with a familiar foe as for the fifth time in the last five seasons, they met the Heartland in the sub districts.
“It’s just like clockwork,” Kluck said. “We just seem to meet up with them and the games are always tough.  Coach Ribble does a nice job of getting his kids ready and they play a tough schedule so usually our games are competitive and hard fought.”   
This time, the Eagles offense came out firing as Tegtmeier took matters into his own hands early on scoring 12 first-period points including everything from a full court steal and layup to two 3-pointers and going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
“Riley didn’t have a great shooting night in our first round game on Tuesday,” Kluck said.  “I think he decided to make up for it tonight.”
As time wound down in the first quarter, Kleinschmidt grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to Riley who buried the 3-pointer as time ran out giving the Eagles a 19-6 lead entering quarter number two.
From there, BDS built on its lead hitting three more 3-point shots in the second stanza to enter the half time up 34-16.
“That was probably one of our shortest half time breaks ever,” Kluck said. “I didn’t really want them to have a chance to cool down—they were playing so well, I just said keep up the good work and let’s get after them this third quarter.”
BDS did and after entering the fourth period with a 19 point lead, the Eagles slowed things down and hit free throws to finish the game ahead 59-36.
For the game, Tegtmeier finished with 22 including four 3-pointers and an 8-for-8 night at the free throw line.  He also led the team in assists with six, steals with three and added a team high nine rebounds as well.
“Riley just basically does what we need him to do,” Kluck said. “Some nights his scoring is important, other nights it’s his ball handling and passing, once in a while its rebounding and defense...tonight it was a little of everything.”
Garland finished up with 11 points and Kleinschmidt added 9 along with 4 assists and 7 rebounds.  Elznic scored 7, Rohr added 4, Christensen had 3 along with 7 rebounds, Brett Holtzen scored 2 and Garrett Schardt had 1.  
The Eagles played in the D1-1 District final on Tuesday at Doane College against NC Lourdes Central Catholic.  BDS appears on to State win or lose on March 1.  They are No. 2 in wildcard points.