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Eagles Advance To District Final

Signal Photo by Jacque Rocole

The BDS Eagles rolled over the Deshler Dragons 58-32 in boys basketball Tuesday, Feb. 22 at Tri-County in the first round of the Sub-district tournament.

BDS’s Ryan Tegtmeier led his team in scoring with 22, 10 rebounds, eight assists and three steals in the Eagle’s first round in the sub-district tournament victory over Deshler.

“Ryan did a lot of things well for us in this win and when he plays like that we tend to be pretty efficient as a team,” said BDS Coach Fred Kluck.

The Eagles jumped ahead 18-14 after the opening period, led 30-19 at halftime, and then led 44-27 going into the fourth quarter.

The Eagles picked up the victory in spite of committing 20 turnovers.

The Eagles heated things up from three-point range, hitting 5 of 9 from long distance.

“We probably played one of our better overall games of the season,” said Coach Kluck. “Especially when you factor in Deshler’s ability and level of play this year.”

In the first period, the Eagles Tanner Ahrens scored all six of his points.

“Tanner really did a nice job of finishing down low when he recognized how they were playing him defensively,” Coach Kluck said.

BDS improved its record to 20-4, while Deshler dropped to 16-6.

BDS connected on 17 of 25 from the line. The Eagles sank 13 of 19 field goal attempts, while Deshler was 5 of 30 from the field. The Dragons made 4 of 5 free throw attempts.

BDS held a 36-14 edge on the boards.

“Derek Swartzendruber had a nice game scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds,” Coach Kluck said.

Individual Stats

Scoring- Tegtmeier 22, Holeman 12, Swartzendruber 9, Ahrens 6, Houchin 3, Christensen 2. Rebounds- Tegtmeier 10, Swartzendruber 10. Assists- Tegtmeier 8. Steals- Tegtmeier 3.

Team fouls-- BDS-13, Deshler-22.


The Eagles Kendrick Holeman drove the line and hit a lay-up to give his team a four point lead with 30 seconds left in the game as the BDS Eagles rallied to defeat the Pawnee City Indians 47-42 in boys basketball Saturday, Feb. 26 at Tri-County in the championship game of the Sub-district tournament.

BDS had trailed by three at halftime.

“That was very big since it meant Pawnee City would need to score twice to beat us in a short amount of time,” said BDS Coach Fred Kluck of the clinching moment.

BDS’s Derek Swartzendruber came up big going 4-4 from the line and scoring 10 points to go along with a team high six rebounds.

“Derek shot the ball well and hit the boards hard all night,” said Coach Kluck.

The Eagles trailed 13-9 after the opening period, trailed 29-26 at halftime, and then led 34-33 after the third quarter.

The contest was well-played, with the Eagles committing only 8 turnovers and the Indians committing only 7.

“We played a little nervous early in the game but kind of worked our way out of it as the game went on,” said Coach Kluck.

In the second quarter, BDS’s Luke Christensen knocked down a big three-point shot to cut Pawnee City’s lead back down to six about half way through the second quarter.

“Pawnee City was threatening to pull away and Luke’s shot kept us in it,” Coach Kluck said.

BDS improved its season mark to 21-4, while Pawnee City fell to 21-3.

BDS made 3 of 9 three-point attempts and sank 10 of 19 free throw attempts. The Eagles sank 14 of 31 field goals, while Pawnee City was 14 of 26 from the field. Pawnee City hit 3 of 8 three-point tries and made 5 of 15 free throw attempts.

“Michael Houchin and Jeremy ?row played very solid on the defensive end for us again tonight,” Coach Kluck said. “Tanner Ahrens scored 11 points and played well defensively the second half. Kendrick Holeman stepped up big especially when Pawnee City made it hard for Ryan Tegtmeier to get his hands on the ball.”

Individual Stats

Scoring- Holeman 11, Swartzendruber 10, Tegtmeier 9, Ahrens 11, Christensen 3, Houchin 2, Row 1. Rebounds- Swartzendruber 6. Assists- Holeman 5, Tegtmeier 5.

Team rebounds-- BDS-25, Pawnee City-16. Team fouls-- BDS-13, Pawnee City-16.

With the victory over Pawnee City, the Eagles advance to play upset-minded Osceola (7-14) on Monday night (after press time) in the D1-1 District Final beginning at 7 p.m. at Friend High School. BDS defeated the Bulldogs on February 18, 53-29.

Also despite defeating Pawnee City in the sub-district final and improving to 21-4 on the season, the Eagles appear to have to win the district final to advance to the D-1 NSAA State Tournament next week. BDS stood fourth in the wildcard points entering the district final.