BDS CRC Reg. Season Champs

Published on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 19:05
Written by thenebraskasigna

On Friday night, High Plains traveled to Davenport to take on Bruning-Davenport/Shickley in a rematch of the CRC Tournament championship game held two weeks before in York which the Storm won.  This time, the teams were playing for the regular season conference championship and the Eagles turned their fortunes around beating High Plains 57-51 to win the regular season title for the second year in a row.
Both teams started out tentatively and neither could really sustain a push as they entered the half tied at 21.
 “We looked at that as a positive,” Eagle head coach Fred Kluck said. “The first time we played, we shot so poorly and went to the half down by eight, so even though we weren’t exactly shooting well, we were still in the ball game.”
Eagles Stuart Rohr and Kale Kleinschmidt carried most of the early load offensively scoring 6 each in the first half.
The second half was close as well as the lead changed hands six times and was tied another six times until finally the Eagles took a three-point lead with about two minutes to go on a Kleinschmidt jumper on the baseline.  When the Storm missed the next time down, it was time for Riley Tegtmeier to take over at the free throw line.  He went 11-for-12 in the fourth period and scored 15 of his team's 22 fourth quarter points to help the Eagles seal the victory.
“We did a good job of limiting High Plains to one shot each time down and then hit some big free throws to ice the game,” Kluck said.
For the winners, Tegtmeier ended up with 17 points and five assists, while Kleinschmidt added 15 along with nine rebounds.  Stuart Rohr had 9 points and a team high 10 rebounds, Kendall Dickson scored 5, Cody Garland added 4 as did Ben Elznic and Sam Christensen finished off the scoring with three points.
On Saturday morning, at 9 a.m., the BDS team tried to complete a tough turnaround facing the undefeated, class C-2 Amherst Mustangs in the 2016 Heartland Hoops Classic in Grand Island.
Things started slowly as Amherst, who averages close to 70 points a game, got out and ran and the Eagles looked like they were just a step slow on both ends of the court.  
“We knew this was going to be a tough turn around,” Kluck said.  “It was last year too. When you get invited to a deal like this where you get to play a top team from a bigger class in an arena like some that we think we might see in a district or state game, we think it’s one you have to take a chance on.  We got beat pretty soundly, but hopefully we can learn a lot from it and use that information to be a better ball club at the end of the year.”
The Eagles made a game of it early, but by halftime trailed 32-18.  In second half, 22-0 Amherst continued to shoot the ball well and the game ended with BDS on the losing end 70-40.
Leading the way for the Eagles were Riley Tegtmeier and Kale Kleinschmidt, who each scored 8 points.  Caden Norder, Kendall Dickson and Ben Elznic each added 6 with Kendall pulling down a team high 8 rebounds.  Cody Garland had 3, Holden Stengel 2, and Sam Christensen added 1 to the total.
BDS will wrap up its regular season with a game at Osceola Friday.  The Eagles are projected to be the top seed in the D1-2 Sub-district.