Monday, April 22nd, 2024 Church Directory

Offense propels Becker boys to 2 wins

It was a great week of offense for the Becker boys basketball team, as they picked up a pair of wins while scoring 92 points in each game.

Last Friday, Becker burned their home court nets with in a  92-62 win over Zimmerman before a large Fan Appreciation Night crowd.

“This was our most complete game of the season,” Coach Cory Nuest said.  “I was very proud of the boys playing with a renewed sense of connectedness and competing at a high level.”

Becker jumped out to an incredible 20-0 lead to start the game, as the crowd provided a high level of energy.

And despite the huge offensive night, Nuest was especially happy with his team’s defense, noting that the Bulldogs contested 88% of Zimmerman’s shots.  Becker also took care of the ball, committing just six turnovers.

“We really appreciate our youth basketball board and all the work they did for Fan Appreciation night to create an exciting atmosphere,” Nuest said.  “We also really appreciate Mr. Frerich coming to the game, as he has the pep band sounding really good . . .  it’s a blast having them at the game!”

Senior Landon Lahr entered the game in the final minutes and poured in five points for Becker, while sophomore Troy Nuest scored his first varsity points as a Bulldog.

Scoring: Josh Groskreutz seven, Nathan Weiss 13, Kyan Blomquist 11, Mitch Soltau 15, Zach Bengtson five, Troy Nuest two, Sawyer Brown 13, Landon Peterson 13, Landon Lahr five, Connor Gass eight.

Tigers

Tuesday night, Becker again provided a workout for the score clock operator in a 92-81 home court win over Princeton.

The Bulldogs had four players score in double figures: Brown (25), Soltau (15), Blomquist (22) and Peterson (11).

Becker led just 75-73 with four minutes remaining in the game, but showed great defensive poise to outscore the Tigers 17-8 over the final minutes.

“Mitch Soltau’s offensive rebounding and defense were keys for us to pull away down the stretch,” Nuest said after the game.  “Landon Peterson played a great defensive game, especially in the second half.”

With the win, Becker improved to 7-4 in the Mississippi 8 Conference, good enough for fourth place and just one game behind Big Lake.  

Becker hosted Cambridge-Isanti in a Friday night matchup that saw the Bulldogs welcome the players from the 1991 and 2001 state tournament teams for a special championship reunion celebration, while Tuesday night, Becker will play host to the Hornets.