OG rallies to beat Brookings


BROOKINGS – An ineffective 8 minutes cost the ‘Cats on Saturday night.

Leading 19-17 after the first quarter, Brookings put up only six points in the second as O’Gorman built a 32-25 halftime edge en route to a 71-61 nonconference win at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.

“Good first quarter – offensively, we were really good,” said BHS head coach Travis Engebretson. “Second quarter, we come out and have a 5-minute drought where we didn’t score – that’s kind of been the tell-tale of the season for us – we just have those droughts of three to four minutes where it seems like it’s just enough to bury us and once again, please with the effort; the guys played hard.

“Offensively, I thought we did a pretty good job of executing; defensively, some fundamental stuff – we gave up baseline too many times; some effort things in terms of getting back – gave up some layups in transition – that’s probably worth 10 points. If we can do a better job of the closeouts, not giving up baseline on defense, and sprinting back – who knows?”

Brookings went 7-of-11 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the foul line for the two-point lead after the first eight minutes.

But the Knights went on a 13-0 run over the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second frame to take a 30-19 lead before Drew Cole drained a pair of free throws to end the Bobcat drought with 2:26 on the clock.

Two more free throws by Josh Sell with 7 seconds left pulled Brookings within seven, 32-25, at the half.

After OG’s Jaron Zwagerman went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line to open the second-half scoring, Trevor Woodall cashed in on an offensive rebound and then, Riley Schafer went coast-to-coast after a steal to get the Bobcats within four at 33-29.

It didn’t take O’Gorman long to build its lead back to double digits as the Knights hit back-to-back 3-pointers to go back up by 13 points, 45-32, with 3:23 to play in the third.

Trent Broksieck and Sell scored on successive possessions as the ‘Cats closed with 47-41 inside of a minute, but Canyon Bauer answered with a trey that gave the Knights a nine-point advantage, 50-41, heading into the final frame.

Sell knocked down a 3-pointer to open the fourth to get Brookings within six points, but that turned out to be the closest the Bobcats would get the rest of the way as O’Gorman went up by as many as 13 points following Zach Nagel’s old-fashioned three-point play at the 3:40 mark.

The ‘Cats did close to within seven points at 68-61 after Cole knocked down two free throws with 40 seconds left, but OG went 3-of-4 from the foul line for the final margin.

Cole led Brookings with a game-high 30 points to go along with seven rebounds. Sell finished with 12 points and two takeaways as the Bobcats dropped to 3-13 on the season.

Zwagerman’s 20 points were tops for the Knights, 10-8, as Isaac Struck added 15 markers.

On Tuesday, the Bobcats travel to Yankton to face the Bucks in an Eastern South Dakota Conference contest.

S.F. O’GORMAN 71, BROOKINGS 61

S.F. O’Gorman (10-8)

Jaron Zwagerman 8-14 3-6 20, Akoi Akoi 4-6 0-0 8, Isaac Struck 4-7 5-8 15, Luke Ronsiek 1-2 0-0 2, Zach Norton 2-8 0-1 4, Riley Katen 1-4 3-4 6, Jack Cartwright 1-2 0-0 3, Zach Nagel 3-4 2-4 8, Canyon Bauer 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 26-50 13-23 71.

Brookings (3-13)

Seth Swedlund 1-5 0-0 2, Drew Cole 10-23 8-9 30, Riley Schafer 4-8 1-2 9, Trevor Woodall 1-5 0-0 2, Josh Sell 3-6 5-7 12, Trent Broksieck 1-4 1-2 3, Jacob Engen 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan McMacken 0-1 3-4 3. Totals 20-52 18-24 61.

O’Gorman 17  15  18  21  –  71

Brookings 19    6  16  20  –  61

3-point goals – OG 6-16 (Zwagerman 1-4, Akoi 0-1, Struck 2-4, Ronsiek 0-1, Norton 0-1, Katen 1-3, Cartwright 1-1, Bauer 1-1); B 3-11 (Cole 2-6, Schafer 0-1, Woodall 0-2, Sell 1-2). Rebounds – OG 34 (Akoi 13); B 31 (Woodall 8). Assists – OG 16 (Zwagerman 3, Katen 3); B 2 (Woodall, Engen). Steals – OG 4 (Zwagerman, Akoi, Struck, Norton); B 4 (Schafer 2, Sell 2). Blocks – OG 4 (Zwagerman 2); B 1 (McMacken). Turnovers – OG 8; B 7. Total fouls – OG 20; B 16. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.

JUNIOR VARSITY

S.F. O’GORMAN 56, BROOKINGS 39

Points – Trent Broksieck 10, Tyler Kreutner 8, Eric Sell 7

Rebounds – Kreutner 6, Sell 5, Eternal Tooley 5

Assists – Broksieck, Kreutner, Sell, Parker Beers, Jay Wilber

Steals – Wilber 2, Kreutner 2

SOPHOMORE

S.F. O’GORMAN 49, BROOKINGS 45

Points – Parker Rykhus 14, Tanner Shepardson 7, Sean Roiger 7

Rebounds – Shepardson 5, Theo Burns 5

Assists – Shepardson, Rykhus, Omar Sharif, Jonah Dobbs, Jackson Krogman, Adam Stauffacher

Steals – Dobbs 3, Shepardson


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