Viking boys take down Irondale

NB basketball starts year at 2-1

Senior Dylan Dahle squares up for a jump shot during a game earlier this season. The guard contributed four points in the 57-44 win over Irondale.  Photos by Kat Ladwig

Senior Dylan Dahle squares up for a jump shot during a game earlier this season. The guard contributed four points in the 57-44 win over Irondale.
Photos by Kat Ladwig

It’s another win for the North Branch basketball boys as they defeated Irondale on the road last Tuesday, 57-44, to bring their record to 2-1 overall.

The Nov. 26 victory over the Knights shows improvement from the past two seasons for North Branch. Irondale defeated the Vikings 63-34 in 2011-12 and 60-53 last year.

Senior Travis Van Elsberg led the scoring effort with 23 points, going 3-6 from the field and sinking five 3-pointers. The shooting guard also tallied eight rebounds. Senior Brandon Thauwald put up a solid nine points and eight rebounds while senior Dillon Harms added seven points.

Junior Matt Blomquist aided his scorers with five assists and five points, while junior center Kyle Burnside led his team on the boards with 10 rebounds and one block.

Next, the Vikings travel to Totino-Grace on Friday, Dec. 6, for a 7:15 p.m. game. North Branch fell by just six points during last season’s matchup.

Junior Kyle Burnside looks to pass to the wing during an away game earlier this season. The center recorded four points and 10 rebounds against the Knights Nov. 26.

Junior Kyle Burnside looks to pass to the wing during an away game earlier this season. The center recorded four points and 10 rebounds against the Knights Nov. 26.

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