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BDS Boys Improve To 15-1; No. 2 In Wildcard Points In Class D-1

Last Tuesday, the Bruning-Davenport/Shickley boys basketball team traveled to McCool Junction for a Crossroads Conference (CRC) game against the Mustangs.  BDS was seeing its first action since winning the MUDECAS "A" Division Tournament the week before and McCool was coming off a six-point loss at Deshler.
The first half was a struggle as both teams played physically and good defense dictated the tempo on both ends of the court.  Ben Elznic (6 points) and Cody Garland (7 points) gave the Eagles a small lead by hitting the offensive boards hard and hitting some early jump shots.  As the half ran down, Riley Tegtmeier hit T.J. Krupicka deep in the corner for a 3-point shot as the horn sounded to give BDS an 8 point lead at the break.
The second half saw the Mustangs making runs at the Eagles' lead and BDS holding on in large part due to free throw shooting down the stretch where Riley Tegtmeier went 7-for-8 from the line in the final minutes to help secure the victory.
“We weren’t sharp,” commented Eagle head coach Fred Kluck.  “It’s difficult to maintain momentum after a big win, and sometimes you have to find ways to win ugly, which we did tonight.”  
Scoring for the Eagles were Riley and Cody with 11 each, Grant Norder chipping in with 9, Jayden Otto and Ben Elznic added 6 each, T.J. Krupicka had 3 and Chris Rohr had 2.  Riley had a season-high 8 assists, while Ben and Jayden led in rebounding with 7 and 6, respectively.
On Friday, for the second time in less than two weeks, BDS met the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves, this time in Davenport.  The prior meeting took place on the preceding Tuesday in a first round MUDECAS Tournament game in Beatrice which saw the Eagles take a close hard fought victory.
The Eagles bench provided an early spark as both teams struggled to get going offensively in the first period.  T.J. Krupicka came in to hit a deep 3, Kamron Ficken hit a driving lay-up and the foul shot that went with it, and Kale Kleinschmidt scored on a twisting lay-up at the buzzer to open up a 10-3 margin at the first quarter break.
“Our bench is really maturing as we get deeper into the season,” Kluck said.  “It’s provided us with a real advantage in close ball games, even when we’re a little shorthanded like tonight,” said Kluck, referring to Eagle starter Cody Garland having to sit out with a concussion.
Jayden Otto got the start in Garland's place and played well scoring seven points to go along with seven rebounds for the game.  The game stayed close and BDS took a 22-16 lead into half time.
The third period saw both teams continue to battle and once again T.J. Krupicka came up big hitting a deep 3-pointer from the corner off a feed from Kale Kleinschmidt as the buzzer sounded to boost the Eagles to an eight-point advantage entering the final period.
BDS senior guard Grant Norder took over from there scoring 10 of his team high 22 points including going 6-for-6 from the line to seal the victory.  In addition to his scoring, Norder also pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles in that category as well.
“Grant does a great job of sensing when we need him to get a bucket and taking advantage of what the defense gives him,” Kluck said. “When we need him to step up, he’s always willing to give it his best, and his teammates know they can count on him down the stretch.”  
In addition to Grant and Jayden, Chris Rohr had 7 points and 2 steals, T.J. Krupicka had 6, Kamron Ficken 3, Kale Kleinschmidt 2, and Riley Tegtmeier 1, while leading the team in assists with 4.