BRAHAM BASKETBALL UPDATES: Braham boys basketball enjoyed a good battle with Melrose Jan. 25 on the Hallenbeck Hall court, leaving St. Cloud with a 73-70 non-conference win. Zach Dahlman had a great all-around game by hitting 10-of-11 from the field, including sinking 4-of-4 shots from the arc to lead the Bombers with 25 points and 9 rebounds.
The tight game throughout came down to Braham making their free throws in the final minutes while the Dutchmen did not convert as well. Braham was up 73-67 when Melrose dropped in a heave the final buzzer. The Bombers’ balanced scoring included John Larson with 14 (8 rebounds), Chris Olson scoring 12, Connor Tschumper 11, and Randy Braund 6.
Preceding that game, Braham fans got to watch Tyler Vaughan score 19 points while hitting two big three-pointers late in regulation when Minnesota State-Moorhead out-lasted St. Cloud State 95-88 in overtime. The Dragons are 10-4 in NSIC games after the win and 14-4 overall.
• On Jan. 24, Braham took an 86-62 road win over a hot-shooting Rush City squad. Dahlman and Larson led the Bombers with 20 and 19 points, and the team received 10 points each from Braund, Tschumper and Ryan Larson. Chris Olson added 7 points and Alec Olson 5.
This Thursday, Hinckley-Finlayson heads to Braham in a must-win situation for the Jaguars to stick close to the Bombers in the Great River race.
GRC Boys Basketball: Braham 9-0, 14-2; Hinckley-Fin. 8-2, 8-6; Pine City 7-2, 10-6; Aitkin 4-4, 7-9; Isle 4-5, 8-8; Onamia 3-6, 7-9; East Central 2-6, 5-8; Rush City 2-6, 3-10; Ogilvie 0-9, 0-15.
Braham Girls perfect through Round 1 of GRCs
Braham completed a sweep of their top three Great River girls basketball opponents over a week span by defeating host Rush City 57-50 Jan. 23. Kayla Nickles made 16-of-18 free throws, finishing with a game-high 32 points, when the Tigers sent the Bombers to the line for 41 free throw attempts.
“We are taking the best shots that our rivals can throw at us. Rush City’s plan was to be pretty physical with us which made their foul count climb, and our girls weathered the storm despite a couple players battling illnesses in the game,” said Bomber Coach Tim Malone. “We are happy to be 8-0 after one rotation of GRC games, and we know we can play even better.”
Angie Bendickson finished with 9 points against RC, and the Bombers got 5 points each from Jaclyn Hollenkamp and Lizzie Altendorf, along with 4 from Jenna Winter.
• Following the tight wins over Isle and Aitkin, Braham also posted a 60-18 home win over Onamia Jan. 21. Nickles (21), Hollenkamp (13), Altendorf (8), Winter (7) and Natalie Bacon (6) led in scoring that night.
GRC Girls Basketball: Braham 8-0, 14-1; Isle 5-1, 11-1; Aitkin 6-2, 11-4; Rush City 4-3, 6-5; East Central 4-3, 4-7; Ogilvie 2-5, 5-8; Onamia 1-6, 2-9; Hinckley-Fin. 1-6, 2-10; Pine City 1-6, 1-13.