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BV boys open season with 63-51 win
Petersen & Peterson each net 14 points
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

December 23. 2013 1:23PM
The Brandon Valley boys opened their 2013-14 campaign on a winning note Friday, sending the Brookings Bobcats home with a 63-51 Eastern South Dakota Conference loss.

Lynx head coach Brent Deckert coins the victory as “very sweet, especially after battling foul trouble for most of the evening.”

Brandon Valley’s defense “contained” Brookings’ main scoring threat, Tyler Nagy, to 28 points. While he accounted for more than half of the Bobcats’ total points, Deckert said “it took everything we had to hold him down to 28 points.”

Ryan Immeker, Dom Nealy, Drew Reinschmidt and Devan West took turns guarding Nagy. “Even though he had a great night, from a point and assist standpoint we go what we wanted,” Deckert said.

Nagy guided the Bobcats to a two-point lead after a quarter of play, 15-13, but the Lynx offense got on track in the second stanza to take a 33-28 edge into the break. A 17-point third quarter allowed the Lynx to extend their lead to 10, with the score at 50-40. In the final stanza, Brandon Valley outscored Brookings 13-11 en route to the 63-51 ESD win.

The Lynx were led in scoring by Petersen (Kevin) and Peterson (Nic). The senior duo both netted 14 points. Aiding the cause were seven points from Ryan Immeker and Reid Grode, and five from Ryan Sjoberg and Jacob Adams.

“Kevin had a huge game,” Deckert said. “They kept playing behind the post and we kept throwing it to Kevin. He really made the game easy for us tonight.”

Brandon Valley hit on 16-of-31 from the field, and had a near perfect night at the free throw line, where they dropped in 19-of-21.

Seniors Jacob Adams and Devan West were the workhorses under the net, hauling in 10 and seven rebounds, respectively. Brandon Valley had 31 total rebounds.

West also accounted for five assists and two steals.

The Bobcats were 22-for-29 from the field, and 9-for-13 at the line. They had 22 rebounds and were led by Nagy, who had nine.

The Lynx turned the ball over a dozen times; Brookings had 11.

“I thought we played with amazing energy all weekend long,” Deckert said.

The 1-1 Lynx host the Pierre Governors at 5 p.m. Saturday, and then will go on a two-week break until Jan. 4, when the team plays a road game at Huron.

Brandon Valley 13 33 50 63
Brookings 15 28 40 51
BV: Nic Peterson 2 2 4-4 14; Ryan Sjoberg 0 0 5-5 5; Drew Reinschmidt 0 0 0-0 0; Devan West 3 0 5-5 11; Ryan Immeker 2 1 0-0 7; Jacob Adams 2 0 1-2 5; Derek Johnson 0 0 0-0 0; Austin Trevino 0 0 0-0 0; Ryan Larson 0 0 0-0 0; Tyler Erck 0 0 0-0 0; Kevin Petersen 6 0 2-2 14; Peter Choudek 0 0 0-0 0; Reid Grode 0 1 1 2-3 7. Totals: 15 4 18-21 63.

Brandon Valley senior Kevin Petersen extends his shot over the reach of Brookings' Seth Moret in Friday's season-opening 63-51 victory. Photo by Jill Meier

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