Arrows come back to beat Bobcats 67-55

Troy Maroney/Register: Brookings’ Trevor Woodall draws the blocking foul against Watertown’s Brandon Florey during the third quarter of the Bobcats 67-55 nonconference loss to the Arrows on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

BROOKINGS – The Bobcats got off to an early lead over Watertown on Tuesday night at Bob Jostad Gymnasium, but the Arrows got hot in the second half to rally for a 67-55 nonconference win.

“I felt, defensively, we were OK the first half; I think part of it was they were missing some open shots and we were getting the rebounds,” said BHS head coach Travis Engebretson. “In the second half, we didn’t show any toughness – we didn’t fight through screens; we gave them some open looks; and when we weren’t giving open looks, we were giving shots to guys that were in a rhythm and it just snowballed from there. Their press bothered us a little bit – we didn’t handle that very well and had some bad turnovers.

“This was a big game for us and the kids knew it coming in and I think we feel that we let ourselves down a little bit by playing well enough the first half to find a way to win and then, the second half, defensively, we never gave ourselves a chance.”

Brookings led 16-8 after the first eight minutes and extended its advantage to 20-8 a minute into the second quarter before the Arrows went on an 11-5 run over the final 3 1/2 minutes of the frame to pull within 25-19 at the intermission.

Trevor Woodall scored in the lane to open the second half to push the Bobcats’ edge to eight – 27-19 – but then, Brandon Florey sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Solomon Bach trey as Watertown went up, 28-27, at the 5-minute mark.

Trent Broksieck converted a pair of free throws to put the ‘Cats back on top, 29-28, but then it was Pierre Lear’s turn to knock down a 3 to give the Arrows a 31-29 lead with 3:43 to play in the third.

Parker Schmidt went coast-to-coast following a steal before Florey drained another trey and now Watertown led by seven, 36-29, with 1:28 left.

Brookings went 6-of-6 from the free-throw line over the next minute to get back within three points, but Adam DeJong hit the Arrows’ sixth 3-pointer of the quarter with six seconds on the clock to make it 41-35.

Woodall dribbled the length of the court and scored on a contested layup to pull the ‘Cats within four, 41-37, at the end of three.

Watertown scored the first six points of the final frame for its first double-digit lead of the night at 47-37 with 6:42 remaining.

The Bobcats whittled away at the lead and closed to within six points, 52-46, at the midpoint of the quarter, but Watertown went on a 6-0 run – which included a shot-clock buzzer beater by Bach from beyond the arc that banked in from the top of the key – to take its largest lead of the night at 12 points, 58-46.

The Bobcats got it back within seven points following a pair of Drew Cole free throws before the Arrows went 6-of-6 from the foul line over the last 42 seconds for the final margin.

Watertown shot 64 percent from the field (16-of-25) in the second half, which included a 7-of-10 performance from downtown to improve to 6-9 on the season.

Florey finished with 17 points, while Bach added 12 and Evan Falconer 11.

Woodall scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Bobcats while pulling down eight rebounds and coming up with a pair of steals. Cole added 17 points and eight boards as Brookings dropped to 4-10.

On Thursday, the Bobcats travel to Aberdeen to face the Golden Eagles. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

WATERTOWN 67, BROOKINGS 55

Watertown (6-9)

Solomon Bach 4-9 2-4 12, Blake Holden 4-7 0-1 8, Parker Schmidt 3-4 1-2 7, Evan Falconer 3-7 5-5 11, Brandon Florey 6-10 0-0 17, Adam DeJong 1-2 3-5 6, Jacob Tisher 0-0 0-0 0, Pierre Lear 2-5 0-0 6, Mason Morris 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 23-47 11-17 67.

Brookings (4-10)

Eric Sell 1-5 0-2 2, Drew Cole 4-9 8-8 17, Jay Wilber 0-2 0-0 0, Trevor Woodall 6-13 6-7 21, Trent Broksieck 2-10 4-4 10, Parker Beers 0-0 0-0 0, Carson Gullickson 1-3 2-2 5, Ryan Treiber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-42 20-23 55.

Watertown   8  11  22  26    67

Brookings   16    9  12  18    55

3-point goals – W 10-21 (Florey 5-8, Lear 2-2, Bach 2-4, Dejong 1-2, Morris 0-2, Falconer 0-3), B 7-27 (Woodall 3-6, Broksieck 2-9, Gullickson 1-3, Cole 1-4, Wilber 0-2, Sell 0-3). Rebounds – W 29 (Holden 5), B 29 (Cole, Woodall 8). Assists – W 12 (Falconer 5), B 8 (Wilber 4). Steals – W 6 (Schmidt 2), B 5 (Woodall 2). Blocks – W 1 (Bach 1), B 4 (Cole 3). Turnovers – W 12, B 8. Total fouls – W 18, B 14. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.

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