Regular season ends 'on a run' as boys to host La Crescent Thursday
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:13 AM
The Chatfield Gophers boys basketball team ended the regular season on a four game winning streak, giving the team great momentum heading into the sub-section playoffs, which start Thursday night.
Jayme LaPlante drives to the basket for the Gophers in a game against Dover-Eyota. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS
Last Friday night the guys ended the regular season with a 67-62 win over Dover-Eyota. In spite of the win, coach Tom Bance said, "This was an ugly second half for us, part of that due to D-E playing very well. We didn't manage the clock well towards the end (of the game), but we made our free throws and got some big stops when we needed it."
At the line, everybody was at 50 percent, or better, led by an excellent performance by Jake Neis at eight-for-10. Drew Hurley hit five of six, while Christian Bance and Nate Skare were three-for-four. Jayme LaPlante connected on two of four from the charity stripe.
Jayme LaPlante recorded a double-double by adding 10 rebounds. Nate Skare led the team with 11 boards. Jake Neis had a team-high four assists.
Scoring vs. Dover-Eyota (fg-ftm/fta-tp): Jayme LaPlante 6-2/4-14, Brandon Adler 2-0-4, Christian Bance 2-3/4-8, Nate Skare 2-3/4-8, Jake Neis 5-8/10-20, Noah Grant 1-0-2, Drew Hurley 3-5/6-11, team 21-21/28-67. Three's, 4: Bance, Skare, Neis (2).
Last Thursday night, the Chatfield Gophers lit it up with 90 points against the Southland Rebels. Bance led the way with 28 points, connecting on 11 of 12 from the field (four of five three's) and two of three at the free throw line. Skare also had a 21-point game, hitting eight of 17, including five of 11 from downtown. Also in double-figures, with 13, was Neis, who hit four of eight from the field and five of seven at the charity line. Neis was also tops in steals (4) and assists (6). Skare and Bance led the team with six rebounds each. Skare and Bance also dished off five and four assists, respectively. Zach Eggers also had a good all-around game with four points, three rebounds and three steals. Justin Friedrich came off the bench and picked up a pair of assists.
Scoring vs. Southland: LaPlante 3-3/4-9, Adler 2-2/2-6, Zach Eggers 2-0-4, TJ Moechnig 0-1/2-1, Bance 11-2/3-28, Skare 8-0/1-21, Neis 4-5/7-13, Payton Lund 1-2/3-4, Ethan Woltz 2-0-4, team 33-15/23-90. Three's, 9; Bance (4), Skare (5).
"We played very well on defense," said Bance, about the win over Cotter. "We held their leading scorer to eight points and rebounded very well. This very well could be our first playoff match-up next week." Nope, the Gophers get LaCrescent!
Skare hit double-digits in rebounds, pulling down a team-high dozen. LaPlante had eight boards, along with 15 points on seven for 10 shooting. Leading scorer was Bance with 21. He hit four of eight from long range. Eggers had a good shooting night. Eggers turned in a double-digit performance with three-for-four shooting from the field, two-for-three three's, and two-for-two at the line. He also had two rebounds, two steals and four assists, for another good all-around game. Dalton Schwier came off the bench and led the team with three steals. Brandon Adler also had a good game off the bench, scoring six points (2/3 from the field, 2/2 at the ft line), five rebounds and two assists. Alex Bradt only scored two points, but was perfect in his one shot from the field....so was Tommy Jech.
Scoring vs. Cotter: LaPlante 7-1/3-15, Adler 2-2/2-6, Alex Bradt 1-0-2, Eggers 3-2/2-10, Bance 8-1/1-21, Skare 4-0-9, Neis 0-1/2-1, Hurley 1-0-2, Tommy Jech 1-0-2, team 27-7/12-68. Three's, 7; Eggers (2), Bance (4), Skare.
Chatfield got the No. 3 seed in the upcoming 1AA-East playoffs, and will host No. 6 La Crescent Thursday at 7 p.m. Little history lesson: Last time these two teams met was in 2006-07; La Crescent won the match-up, 63-38. In the last 10 years they also met in 2003-04, with Chatfield coming out on top, 51-43.
Last year both teams lost their first round games: Chatfield to Cotter and La Crescent to Caledonia. In the last 10 years, La Crescent has been knocked out by a Three Rivers team nine out of 10 years.
The winner of Thursday's game advances to the semifinals against either No. 2 Plainview-Elgin-Millville or No. 7 Winona Cotter on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Mayo Civic Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m. The Section 1AA title game is Saturday, March 1, at 5 p.m. Caledonia is the top seed in the tourney and Lake City is No. 4.