Jaguars upend BRLD
HOWELLS — Howells-Dodge came into an East Husker Conference showdown on a three-game losing streak when facing Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur Northeast here Friday night.
The Jaguars defeated the Class C No. 1 Wolverines 61-51 with hot shooting and a great defensive effort which stymied BRLD.
“They were really shooting the ball well in the first half,” Wolverine coach Cory Meyer said. “But their defense is what did us in.”
Howells-Dodge had dropped its last three games after opening the season with three wins, but came to play on this night.
“Now we know how good we can be,” Jaguar coach Kevin Janata said. “We had good practices this week and we just saw what working hard can produce. I’m happy for the team, but it’s still December. We have a lot of work to do to continue to get better.
The Wolverines opened the game with a 10-point lead in the opening eight minutes after beginning the game on a 6-0 run.
Darwin Snyder hit Dylan Beutler underneath, Will Gatzmeyer drove to the basket then Lucas Vogt had a steal and a layup to put BRLD up 6-0 with just over a minute gone in the opening frame.
“We withstood the first part of the game and battled back,” Janata said. “We grew up a lot tonight.”
The Wolverines outscored the Jaguars 9-2 to finish the quarter on a pair of conventional 3-point plays from Will Gatzemeyer and a long ball from Vogt.
Although BRLD seemed to be in control, Howells-Dodge was just getting started.
The Jaguars tied the score 18-18 in the second period after a 9-1 run of their own.
Josh Brester hit a shot inside for two of his game-high 20 points to begin the frame. After freshman Blake Sindelar hit a 3-pointer with 5:26 left in the half and knocked down a couple of free throws, the score was knotted.
Sindelar hit a pair of free throws to give H-D the lead 20-18 and by the half, his team was up 28-21.
“This was a great game for us,” Sindelar said. “I think we did it with our defense and now we just need to get back to work to be as good as we can be.”
Howells-Dodge never trailed again, but the Wolverines did get back to within a bucket with 3:39 left in the third. Sindelar hit another shot from behind the arc with a little over a minute left in the third to make it 44-35.
“We really went cold, especially in the second half,” Meyer said. “We couldn’t buy a bucket — a lot of that was them but we had some looks we didn’t connect on. That’s basketball.”
The game never got back under a four-point lead for the Jaguars as they improved to 4-3.
“This will provide motivation for practice and the rest of the season,” Janata said. “I’m sure they (BRLD) will look forward to playing us again. We just need to keep working to be ready. We’ll need to be ready tomorrow night when we play Clarkson/Leigh.”
BRLD 17 4 16 14 — 51
H-D 7 21 16 17 — 61
BANCROFT-ROSALIE/LYONS-DECATUR NORTHEAST (4-1): Will Gatzemeyer 5 2-3 13; Dylan Beutler 6 0-2 13; Lucas Vogt 2 1-5 6; Darwin Snyder 0 2-2 2; Jaxson Johnson 5 4-9 14; Brayden Anderson 1 1-1 3.
HOWELLS-DODGE (4-3): Josh Brester 7 3-5 20; Charlie Dvorak 3 7-8 13; Luke Rocheford 1 0-2 2; Blake Sindelar 3 6-6 14; R. J. Bayer 2 2-2 6; Lane Hegemann 2 2-4 6.