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Eagle Boys Third At CRC

The Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Eagles boys team spent the past week involved in the Crossroads Conference (CRC) Basketball Tournament held in York at the York City Auditorium.  The Eagles went 2-1 in the tournament finishing as the consolation winner for the second year in a row.   
The CRC quarter-final game featured BDS versus seventh seeded Shelby/Rising City.  The Huskies were ready early jumping on the Eagles and taking a 22-14 lead into the half-time break.
“We were pretty average, especially shooting the ball, the first half,” commented Eagle head coach Fred Kluck.  “They played with some fire and really took it to us early on."
BDS turned up the heat defensively and got some offense going in the third period outscoring S/RC 16-4 and then costing to a final of 45-36.  
“Once we got things rolling defensively, we played better on both ends,” Kluck said.
Scoring for the Eagles on January 26 were Grant Norder with 13, Riley Tegtmeier with 9, Cody Garland with 6, Chris Rohr and Kamron Ficken with 4 each, Sam Christensen with 3, and 2 each for Jayden Otto, Kale Kleinschmidt, and Ben Elznic.  Jayden came off the bench to lead the team with 4 steals; while Grant had a team high 7 rebounds and Riley added 3 assists.
The CRC semi-final game on Thursday, January 29, saw the Eagles facing a team they had defeated twice in the past two weeks in the Exeter-Milligan Timberwolves.
“It’s sometimes difficult to play a team several times in a season,” Kluck said. “But, we felt like we were ready.   They did a nice job of adjusting to the things we beat them with earlier.  They have a really strong inside game in their two big posts and when we try to take that away somebody is going to get a good look.  Tonight they hit enough to beat us.”
E-M held off a furious fourth quarter rally as the Eagles came from 12 down to cut it to just two points with 10 seconds to go, having a chance to tie, but the shot fell off and after hitting some free throws, the third-seeded Timberwolves escaped with a 56-52 win.
Scoring for BDS were, Riley Tegtmeier with 18, Ben Elznic, who came off the bench to not only score 10, but to lead the team in rebounding with 10 as well, Grant Norder with 7, Cody Garland with 6, Chris Rohr and Kale Kleinschmidt with 4 apiece, and T.J. Krupicka with 3.  Riley also contributed 5 assists.
In the CRC Tournament third-place game, the Eagles once again faced a team they had beaten earlier in the season in the Giltner Hornets.
This time, BDS held on to pull out a 51-42 win, after a close first three periods.  Chris Rohr had a strong game scoring eight first-half points to help BDS take a slim 22-20 lead into the break.  For the game, Rohr ended up with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 assists.
“Chris (Rohr) established himself early,” Kluck said. “And, when he does that, he opens things up for some of the other players to drive and get better looks from the perimeter.  He had a strong all-around performance for us tonight.”
Another player who didn’t get a lot of stats but really contributed to the effort, Kluck said, was Cody Garland whose defense kept a dynamic scorer from Giltner in check most of the night.
“Between Cody and Kale Kleinschmidt off the bench, we can put a pretty quick defender on a scorer and really give them trouble,” Kluck said.  “Those two held a 15 or 16-point a night player to just eight points and frustrated him into some big mistakes down the stretch.”

Riley Tegtmeier led the team in scoring with 18, while Grant Norder added 8 to go with his team high 10 rebounds and 5 assists.  Ben Elznic and Cody Garland scored 4 each, while Jayden Otto had 3 and Sam Christensen finished with 2.