Chatfield's boys basketball team won the holiday tournament at Annandale Saturday on a tip-in with one second left on the clock to defeat host Annandale 61-60 in the championship.

The Gophers were down most of the game, trailing 36-33 at the half and by nine points with 6:30 left in the game, but fought back to narrow the margin. Jake Neis hit a three-point shot with one minute left, cutting Annandale's lead to just one point.

On Annandale's possession, after passing the ball around, Nate Skare stole the ball with about 40 seconds left.

The Gophers called a time out and held the ball for a last shot. Christian Bance missed, Drew Hurley rebounded and missed the layup, but Jayme LaPlante tipped it in with one second left.

Annandale took a time out, but Chatfield stole the inbounds pass to seal the victory.

LaPlante hit double figures in scoring with 16 and rebounds with 10 to lead the Gophers in both categories. He made seven of nine shots from the field.

Neis had 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a team-high nine assists. Brandon Adler had eight points and nine rebounds while Skare had eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Bance had nine points, Drew Hurley five and Ethan Woltz added two points.


Chatfield got to the title game by beating host Annandale 53-44 on Friday. The Gophers led the entire way, but coach Tom Bance said they were helped out by Annandale's free throw shooting, which was five for 22 from the line.

"Our defense was very good," said Bance, "although out shooting was not real good."

The Gophers made just 20 of 61 shots from the field and 10 of 22 from the line.

Skare had the double double in this game, scoring 16 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. He also had seven steals and a couple assists.

LaPlante tied him for the team lead with 16 points while adding eight rebounds. Neis had 10 points along with three rebounds, five steals and three assists. Bance had 10 rebounds to go with his four points while Adler added four points and Hurley three points and five rebounds.

The Gophers, now 5-3 overall, resume play Thursday at home against Winona Cotter, which is 4-3 in the Three Rivers Conference. They have another home game next Tuesday, Jan. 7, against Dover-Eyota, which is 4-6 overall.