Coach Vaughan’s MBCA Hall induction celebrated: A big night at the Braham gym Dec. 6 saw the Bomber boys basketball team rack up a 93-52 victory over Rush City in the teams’ Great River Conference opener.
The evening began with a tribute to Coach Bob Vaughan being inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association ‘Hall of Fame” a month earlier. Activities Director Tim Malone emceed the short program and unveiled a banner honoring the accomplishment. After the game, both Braham and Rush City fans stuck around for refreshments in a nice gathering.
Eighth-grade starter Ryan Larson popped a ‘3’ for the Bombers’ first points in the game, then Connor Tschumper scored six straight points as Braham took the lead for good at 9-4. Returning point guard John Larson followed by knocking down a three-pointer, then he passed behind his head on a drive for a sweet assist to Zach Dahlman. Two steals led to two J. Larson scores and forced a Tiger timeout just over six minutes into action.
The Bombers’ offensive output kept increasing as the game continued, and the team went into the locker room with a 61-32 lead on the scoreboard.
“We really passed the ball well against Rush City. Balanced scoring was a positive, too,” commented Coach Vaughan.
John Larson finished with 11 assists and 26 points to lead in those categories, and Ryan Larson added 8 assists to go with his 10 points. Tschumper scored 21 points and had 7 rebounds, and Dahlman totaled 16 points and 8 rebounds. Randy Braund had 5 points and 2 assists, and the Larsons combined for 10 steals against the Tigers.
• Braham’s first win of the 2014 season came Dec. 3 at home when the boys worked past Mora 88-75. Dahlman hit 5-of-8 three-pointers to lead the way with 36 points, and he doubled up with 15 rebounds against the section-partner Mustangs. J. Larson also had a nice line with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Tschumper delivered 17 points, and R. Larson scored 12 in the home victory.