Once again the North Branch boys basketball team came out of a close game on the losing end when it traveled to Concordia Academy last Friday.
The game was tied 21-21 at the half, but in the end the Beacons outscored the Vikings by two points and won 44-42.
“This was a tough loss in a very hard fought game,” said coach David Anderson. “Concordia jumped out on us on a 17-4 run to start the game in the first seven minutes digging us into a big hole right off the bat. However, coach Dreissig made a great adjustment defensively, and our guys executed to perfection on the court holding Concordia to only four points through the final 11 minutes of the first half. We started heating up offensively and went into the locker room feeling very good to be tied at the half.
“In the second half,” he continued, “we went back and fourth until a big shot with about four minutes left by Dylan Dahle gave us a two point lead. After they answered to tie the game again Travis Van Elsberg hit a huge three-pointer to put us up three with just under two minutes left.
“Concordia came back and got a baseline runner to cut it to one. Then after a turnover by us they hit another jumper to take the lead for good. Travis’ jump shot with three seconds left missed just left, and they secured the rebound to win the game,” the coach explained.
“Overall it was a very good game that we can take a lot of positives away from. This is essentially the same team that beat us 77-36 on our home court last season, so to almost pull out the win this year shows how far our guys have come and how their hard work is paying off,” Anderson added.
The North Branch boys basketball team has a 0-2 overall record. The Vikings will host the Hermantown Hawks at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, before traveling to Mahtomedi to face the Zephyrs at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
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Travis VanElsberg, 13 pts
Brandon Thauwald, 12 pts
Aaron Biederman, 6 pts
Cody Knobbe, 6 pts
Dylan Dahle, 2 pts
Jon Blomquist, 2 pts
Dillon Harms, 1 pt