Chatfield’s Jake Neis drives against Southland.
Chatfield’s Jake Neis drives against Southland.
This past week the Chatfield boys basketball team had four games, winning two and losing two.

The basketball week started on Monday with a Three Rivers Conference loss to Rushford-Peterson, 67-37. Tuesday they beat Fillmore Central, 82-62. Friday the team downed Southland 60-54. They finished off the week with a loss at Plainview-Elgin-Millville, 69-59. The Gophers are currently 6-5 in Three Rivers Conference play, 10-5, overall.

"It was pretty ugly," said coach Tom Bance, about the loss to the Trojans. "We were close 'til the 12:00 minute mark of the second half. Down two, 30-28, and then they went on a 13-0 run, and it got worse from there."

Scoring vs. R-P: Jayme LaPlante 5-0-10, Brandon Adler 1-0-2, Zach Eggers 1-0-3, Christian Bance 3-0-9, Jake Neis 2-0/3-4, Noah Grant 1-0-2, Ethan Woltz 2-0-5, Drew Hurley 1-0-2, team 16-0/3-37. Three's, 5: Bance 3, Eggers, Woltz.

The Gophers rebounded Tuesday night with a 20-point win over Fillmore Central. "We led the whole way, but I never felt too comfortable. Our kids played hard, and much better than last night (against R-P)."

Leading the scoring for Chatfield was Christian Bance, who finished the night with 24 points, including five for nine from three-point range. Also in double-figures were Skare (21) and Neis (15). Skare was hot from beyond the arc, connecting on six of seven three's. Neis led the team in rebounds with six and assists, with five. Eggers and Skare each had three steals.

Scoring vs. FC: LaPlante 3-3/6-9, Adler 4-1/2-9, Eggers 0-0/1-0, TJ Moechnig 0-0/1-0, Bance 9-1/2, 24, Nate Skare 7-1/2-21, Neis 4-6/8-15, Woltz 1-0-2, Hurley 1-0-2, team 29-12/22-82. Three's, 12: Bance 5, Skare 6, Neis.

In the win over Southland, LaPlante led the team with a real double-double, 22 points and 22 rebounds (my kind of game). LaPlante was nine for 14 from the field and four for seven at the free throw line. However, the rest of the team didn't shoot nearly as well.

"One of the worst displays of shooting I have seen," said Bance. "We had good shots, but just missed them."

As a team, the Gophers were 23 for 71, 32.4 percent. Neis and Bance were also in double-figures with 10 points each. Hurley led the team with five assists. Five players had two steals each.

Scoring vs. the Rebels: LaPlante 9-4/7-22, Adler 1-1/2-3, Eggers 1-0/1-2, Bance 3-2/5, 10, Skare 3-1/2-9, Neis 4-2/2-10, Woltz 1-0-2, Hurley 1-0-2, team 23-10/19-60. Three's, 4: Bance 2, Skare 2.

Against the Bulldogs, Bance said, "We played better than last night (against Southland), but it wasn't enough. We had some silly mistakes that led to easy baskets for them. We played pretty well for the most part though."

Skare (14), LaPlante (13) and Bance (11) all scored in double-figures. LaPlante and Skare each had nine rebounds, Bance and Neis each had three assists and Neis led the team with three steals, half of the team's total of six.

Scoring vs. PEM: LaPlante 5-3/3-13, Adler 2-1/4-5, Eggers 2-0-6, Bance 3-2/2-11, Skare 5-1/1-14, Neis 4-0/1-8, Hurley 1-0-2, team 22-7/11-59. 3's, 8; Eggers 2, Bance 3, Skare 3.

The Gopher guys have four more games this week: Tuesday at Fillmore Central, Thursday against Kingsland at home, Friday hosting the Caledonia Warriors, and Saturday, at home, against Dover-Eyota. They also play St. Charles on Monday, Feb. 3, giving them five games in seven days.

Caledonia beat Rushford-Peterson last week, giving the Trojans their first loss of the season. R-P (12-1) and Caledonia (10-1) are leading the TRC-South. Plainview-Elgin-Millville leads the TRC-North with a 10-1 record. St. Charles is 8-5 in the north.