Braham boys basketball kept on its roll in the Great River with two more wins this past week, locking in at least a share of the program’s 10th-straight conference championship. In doing so, the Bombers extended their GRC win streak to 55 games, with three more to go this season.
On Friday night, the Bombers ran past visiting Pine City 71-39. Chris Olson came off the bench to hit consecutive three-pointers which put his team ahead to stay at 10-7. In a half where the Bombers didn’t shoot that well, Shaun Hollenkamp helped keep the lead by pounding the offensive boards well and driving.
The pesky Dragons hung around, however, as soph guard Mitch Hansmann nailed four ‘3s’ to keep the lead down to single digits. But the second half mirrored the teams’ first meeting back in early January when Pine City could not match the Bombers’ energy and were limited to 15 points over the final 18 minutes.
Olson finished with four three-pointers to lead the scorers with 18 points. Zach Dahlman came on strong in the second half to score 16, and Hollenkamp closed with 11 points and a team-high 8 rebounds. John Larson dropped in 13 points and dished 8 assists, and Connor Tschumper added 11 points and 5 rebounds.
• On Feb. 12, the Bombers clinched the share of the GRC crown by romping to a 97-57 win at Aitkin. Dahlman hit 8-of-12 from the field to lead the team with 21 points, along with grabbing 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Larson sunk four ‘3s’ amid his 19 points and found guys for 7 more assists. Olson scored 18, and Hollenkamp chipped in 12 points and 5 steals. Sam Stigen also dished 7 assists to go with his 4 points, and Tschumper finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Great River Boys Basketball
Braham 13-0, 19-2; Hinckley-Fin. 11-3, 14-4; Onamia 10-4, 11-9; Rush City 8-5, 10-8; Aitkin 7-6, 7-11; Isle 6-7, 11-8; Pine City 4-10, 6-13; Ogilvie 1-12, 2-16; East Central 0-13, 1-17.
Braham Girls will host Isle Feb. 19 for GRC title
The Braham girls, holding on to the No. 4 spot in the Class AA rankings, stayed perfect at 22-0 with two more conference wins this past week.
On Feb. 7, the Bombers did not allow a made field goal until the second half when they defeated Pine City 76-14. Braham then took care of visiting Aitkin 91-37 on Feb. 12.
After a Feb. 16 matinee game at Hibbing, the Bombers will host Isle Feb. 19 in an effort to take the Great River title outright from the Huskies.
Great River Girls Basketball
Braham 13-0, 22-0; Isle 12-1, 16-5; Aitkin 9-4, 17-6; Rush City 8-6, 10-9; East Central 7-6, 11-8; Ogilvie 4-9, 6-14; Hinckley-Fin. 3-9, 5-13; Pine City 3-10, 6-15; Onamia 0-14, 1-21.