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Several Bulldog seniors, including Josh Groskreutz, played their final game for the program last week in the Section Semifinal loss to Totino-Grace. (Submitted Photo).

Bulldog hoops season ends with loss to Eagles

The Becker boys basketball team saw its season end last Friday in a 106-63 loss to the top ranked team in Class AAA, Totino-Grace.  The Eagles came into the Class 3A, Section 5 Semifinal game as the #2 ranked team in the entire Metro area with a 20-4 record and a roster littered with Division One prospects.

“Totino took it to us and are obviously a very talented team, but they are also well coached and very respectful competitors,” Bulldog coach Cory Nuest said.  “I was very glad we won a playoff game and were able to compete against them so our guys can see where we need to get to in order to have a shot at knocking them off.”

Becker fell behind 55-25 at halftime, but picked up their scoring pace in the second stanza before the Eagles ran away with the game down the stretch.

Despite the loss, Nuest reflected on his first season as head coach and counted many positives for the Bulldogs.

“I really enjoyed coaching this group of boys and am proud of what they accomplished,” Nuest said.  “They were the fourth winningest team in the last 20 years, the highest scoring team in Becker basketball history, had the most team assists in school history and were the second best shooting team in school history.”

The team finished the season with a 14-14 overall record, and averaged nearly 78 points per game.  Overall, Blomquist averaged 19 points per game, while underclassmen Sawyer Brown (14.6) Nathan Weiss (12.2) and Landon Peterson (10.6) also reached double figures per game.  This will give the Bulldogs an accomplished group of scorers on the court next season.

Nuest commented that he is ready for the offseason improvement he knows his team will exhibit.

“I have a list of things that I need to improve on as a coach,” Nuest said.  “I want to thank the seniors for helping us build a solid foundation in my first year coaching and the parents and community for the support this year.”

Seniors who will be graduating from the program include Blomquist, Josh Gorskreutz, Zach Bengtson, Landon Lahr and Connor Gass.

Scoring: Josh Groskreutz two, Nathan Weiss five, Kyan Blomquist 21, Mitch Soltau two, Sawyer Brown 12, Landon Peterson 18, Landon Lahr three.