Jake Neis goes up for a basket for the Gophers vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville.  SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Jake Neis goes up for a basket for the Gophers vs. Plainview-Elgin-Millville. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Chatfield's boys basketball team is pleased with a season that produced 19 wins, but is also disappointed it couldn't make it to 20 as the loss against Plainview-Elgin-Millville last week ended the team's season. The Gophers lost to the Bulldogs, 61-56, in the semi-finals of the 1AA-East sub-section.

It was a game of ups and downs for the Gophers. One of the "ups" for the Gophers was leading by five in the early going of the first half. One of the "downs" was falling behind by seven at halftime, after still holding a two point lead, 23-21, with three minutes to go in the first half. PEM went on a 9-0 run in the last three minutes to lead 30-23 at the intermission.

Another "down" was falling behind by 15 (40-25) with 11:16 left in the game. Then another "up," cutting that lead to four (54-50) with the ball and 1:06 left in the game.

Another major "down" was the free throw situation. Plainview-Elgin-Millville hit 22 of 26 free throws, while the Gophers attempted only seven, and made a measly three. The Bulldogs hit seven of eight at the line in the last 43 seconds of the ball game. Chatfield countered with two three-pointers by Nate Skare, but turned out to be too little, too late.

Foul problems also plagued the Gophers, especially in the first half. Jayme LaPlante, Brandon Adler and Christian Bance had two fouls each in the first half, and interfered with their playing time. Jake Neis had three fouls in the first stanza and really affected his minutes.

Chatfield had four players in double-figures, led by Skare's 13. LaPlante and Bance each had 11 and Adler ended the night with 10. Neis's seven and Drew Hurley's four rounded out the scoring for Chatfield in their final game of the 2013-14 season.

Scoring vs. PEM( fg-ftm/fta-tp): Jayme LaPlante 5-1/2-11, Brandon Adler 4-2/2-10, Christian Bance 4-0-11, Nate Skare 5-0-13, Jake Neis 3-0-7, Drew Hurley 2-0/1-4, Ethan Woltz 0-0/2-0, team 23-3/7-56. Three's, 7; Bance (3), Skare (3), Neis.