Borchardt powers Swedes past Indians
Momentum gain prior to start of Subdistrict C1-11 tourney.
Tanner Borchardt was dominant in Gothenburg’s 53-37 win over Ogallala Friday.At one point in the first quarter he scored nine straight points but the Swedes struggled to maintain an advantage over the Indians.
Trailing 12-8 with 3:04 remaining in the opening stanza, Ogallala scored four of the final five baskets and led 16-14 at the break.
In the beginning of the second quarter Gothenburg stepped up its defensive pressure and didn’t allow a point for more than five minutes.
However, after Gothenburg’s 7-0 run Ogallala responded with consecutive baskets and closed the Swedes’ lead down to four points.
Ross Ostendorf made the second of two free throws before two Indian baskets closed out the half with the 24-23 advantage in favor of Gothenburg.
Head coach Roger Koehler said his players did a good job defensively in the second period after giving up double-digit points in the first.
“We’ve given up a lot of points a couple times this season,” he said. “Our guys did a good job of buckling down defensively and limiting Ogallala’s scoring opportunities.”
Gothenburg came out of halftime with success early and often.
Borchardt again scored four consecutive baskets before a Dawson Graham trey pushed Gothenburg to a 35-25 lead before an Ogallala timeout.
“We didn’t force it to Tanner if he wasn’t open and he got some looks on our transition break, too,” Koehler said.
With the Swedes leading by 10, Ogallala scored consecutive baskets closing the Indian deficit to six.
Each team made one more basket before Graham hit another three-pointer with 1:26 left in the period.
Ogallala was limited to zero points for the final three minutes.
Gothenburg’s 40-31 lead was quickly extended to 19 points after the Swedes scored on their first five possessions in the fourth frame capped by a Collin Hahn triple with 5:40 remaining in the contest.
Leading 50-31 Gothenburg went dry for three minutes on offense while the Indians mustered only two baskets.
Both teams traded baskets with just over two minutes remaining and Gothenburg cruised to its 16-point win.
Koehler said he was pleased with his players effort against the Indians.
“You can control how hard you play and our guys bust their butts,” he said. “We put an emphasis on defense daily and it showed.”
Borchardt led all scorers with 27 points while Graham pitched in 11.
Jared Jaeger managed 14 points to lead the Indians.
Ogallala keeps early lead
Gothenburg’s reserves gave up 19 points in the first quarter to Ogallala in its 49-39 loss.
The Swedes did manage to score 27 points in the second half but it wasn’t enough to erase a 15-point halftime deficit.
Gothenburg’s leading scorer was Patrick Messersmith with 11 points.
Scoring by quarters:
SWEDE SCORING: Patrick Messersmith 11, Bryce Kowalewski 7, Ryan Rehbach 6, Ty Clement 4, Braeden Brundage 3, Jacob Clark 3, Dominic Long 2, Matt Bruntz 2, Marcus Fritton 1.