BROOKINGS – The Bobcats boys’ basketball team got down early and was unable to complete the comeback as they came up short against the Arrows Friday night.
Watertown jumped out to a 9-2 lead early and led 16-5 at the end of the first quarter. The teams went back and forth in the second quarter and the Arrows had a 32-22 lead at halftime.
The Bobcats fought back in the third quarter as they went on a 6-0 run to begin the quarter. The Arrows answered with 7-0 run, but the Bobcats cut the lead to 39-33 at the end of the quarter. Watertown’s lead grew to 11 with 6:18 left in the game. The Bobcats would get within six, but the hole was too deep to get out of and the Arrows came away with the victory.
“It was a tale of two half’s,” Brookings head coach Travis Engebretson said. “First half was defensive execution. They hit seven 3-pointers, they were all wide open looks and you saw the scouting report on those seven made baskets it said ‘shooter first.’ We just didn’t do a very good job of closing out. Second half the defensive effort was a lot better, but it was still inconsistent. When we got it down to four it seemed like it was our defensive execution again.”
The Bobcats were led by Nick Shefers who had 29 points and six rebounds. Engebretson said the game plan was to go inside and they executed it well by getting the ball to Shefers.
“We definitely wanted to focus on getting the ball inside and in the paint. [Shefers] did a nice job with his back to the basket. So once the game got going that was definitely a big focus for us,” Engebretson said.
Jonah Dobbs had seven points and three assists for Brookings. Theo Burns had four points and four rebounds. Trent Broksieck had two points and eight rebounds. The Bobcats shot 47.7% from the field, but were 2-14 from three.
“I think you have to give [Watertown] credit. They did a nice job of getting up and chasing us off the 3-point line. Our focus was definitely to get the ball inside, so that was an area of improvement for us. We did a nice job of getting the ball in the paint and taking advantage of what the defense gave us,” Engebretson said.
The Arrows (6-7) were led by Evan Falconer who had 15 points, three rebounds and three assists. Dawson Schmidt had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists. Drew Norberg had 11 points and three rebounds. Kale Stevenson had nine points.
Watertown shot 42.2% from field and were 9-22 from three. The Bobcats were able to outrebound the Arrows 34-19, but Watertown forced them into 16 turnovers. The Arrows had eight turnovers.
The Bobcats are now 2-13 on the season and Engebretson said the team needs to become more consistent if they want to pick up some more wins down the final stretch.
“A lot of it is consistency,” Engebretson said. “It seemed like in the first half it was defensive execution and then we had 10 turnovers. Some of those were bad turnovers and it seemed like one turnover compounded on top of another turnover. So we just have to find some consistency here as we make a stretch run.”
Up next, the Bobcats will host Aberdeen Central on Feb. 13th in Brookings.
WATERTOWN 54, BROOKINGS 49
Evan Falconer 5-11 3-7 15, Dawson Schmidt 4-12 2-2 11, Drew Norberg 3-3 2-2 11, Kale Stevenson 4-4 0-0 9, Mason Morris 2-6 0-0 5, Wyatt Berner 1-4 0-0 3, Brandon Smith 0-2 0-0 0, Cooper Heiser 0-2 0-0 0, Jack Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0, Resse Stark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-45 7-11 54.
Nick Schefers 13-18 2-3 29, Jonah Dobbs 3-9 0-0 7, Theo Burns 2-2 0-0 4, Tanner Shepardson 0-1 3-6 3, Trent Broksieck 1-8 0-0 2, Casey Woodall 1-3 0-0 2, Henry Hammerich 1-2 0-0 2, Tyson Boeve 0-1 0-0 0, Brock Longville 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-44 5-9 49.
Watertown 16 16 7 15 – 54
Brookings 5 17 11 16 – 49
3-point field goals – W 9-22 (Norberg 3-3, Stevenson 1-1, Falconer 2-6, Berner 1-3, Schmidt 1-4, Morris 1-4, Heiser 0-1), B 2-14 (Schefers 1-3, Dobbs 1-6, Shepardson 0-1, Boeve 0-1, Woodall 0-1, Broksieck 0-2). Rebounds – W 19 (Schmidt 5), B 34 (Broksieck 8). Assists – W 10 (Schmidt 4), B 6 (Dobbs 3). Steals – W 9 (Schmidt, Smith, Heiser 2), B 4 (Broksieck 2). Blocks – W 4 (Schmidt 2), B 2 (Burns, Woodall). Turnovers – W 8, B 16. Total fouls – W 10, B 16. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.