Browerville ends Tigers' season
Top-seeded Browerville defeated No. 8 Pine River-Backus 78-46 in the North Subsection 5A quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 27.
Cody Hansmeyer had 25 points to help Browerville win its eighth straight. Konrad Bueckers and Shane Sepin each had 10 points PR-B, which finishes the season 6-21 overall.
Both teams were able to get descent looks at the basket, but while the top-seeds were able to knock down their opportunities, PR-B’s shooting was off all night.
PR-B did not look intimidated by the top-seed on the road. The visitors began the game with tough defense and were able to find good opportunities on the offensive end, but finishing was another story.
The game started with two missed layups by PR-B, before it finally scored. For much of the next 10 minutes, PR-B was able to get in the lane, but was unable to complete the play. In all, PR-B missed an astonishing seven layups in the early minutes of the game.
“We were getting good looks, but we couldn’t finish,” said PR-B sophomore Hank Raph.
PR-B played tough defense, but the home team showed a tremendous amount of patience in the offensive zone. Browerville would often have the ball for 40 seconds or more while they looked for the best possible shot.
“They wore us down,” Raph said.
Browerville was extremely unselfish as they would often pass up on fairly open three-point attempt in order to make an extra pass to a wide-open player. The strategy paid off as Browerville was able to hit three consecutive shots from behind the arc to put the game out of contention, with a score of 26-7 with 7:40 to go in the first half.
“We played good defense on their best player, but he would kick it out to an open player,” said Bueckers.
Browerville 44 34 — 78
PR-Backus 18 24 — 42
Trent Johnson 13, Jordan Thielen 19, Bryce Irsfeld 6, Grant Heid 5, Cody Hansmeyer 25, Brandon Host 2, Trevor Johnson 8. FT 14-17 (82 percent).
Zach Semmler 1, Hank Raph 4, TJ Lukanen 3, Konrad Bueckers 10, Shane Sepin 10, Saul Sasse 3, Zach Struss 9, Nate Brasel 2. FT 9-15 (60 percent).