GENEVA — For the chances of a Heartland Huskies’ boys state basketball tournament run to stay alive, it had to go through the No. 1 rated team in Class D1 Thursday night in the D1-2 subdistrict final at Fillmore Central High School in Geneva.
The Bruning-Davenport/Shickley Eagles showed why they are rated No. 1, however, ending the Huskies’ season with a 59-36 win. Heartland’s season ends with a 14-11 record.
BDS got right after the Huskies in the first half, and after sophomore guard Lane Huebert had cut the Heartland deficit to 9-6 after scoring four-straight points, the Eagles showed what they’re capable of, ending the first quarter on a 10-0 run that included 3-pointers from six-foot senior Benjamin Elznic and 5-foot-11 senior Riley Tegtmeier. Tegtmeier also added four more points in that run with a steal for a break-away layup and two free-throw makes.
The only Huskie to score in the first quarter was Huebert with six, but in the second quarter the Eagles clamped down on Huebert, who leads the team with 18.5 points per game, holding him scoreless in both the second and third quarters.
Heartland ended up being outscored 15-10 in the second stanza and trailed 34-16 at halftime. The Eagles, again, ended on a good note, closing out the second quarter on a 8-2 run. Heartland got its last basket of the first half thanks to the inside play of Aaron Buller, who grabbed an offensive rebound off a Huebert miss and put it back in.
The Huskies were unable to mount a rally in the second half, as the Eagles held on tightly to their lead and never let Heartland back into the game.
Both teams had about equal production in the third quarter. The Eagles scored 10 points while the Huskies poured in nine, but BDS still held a 44-25 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
During that third-quarter action for Heartland, Bergen scored four points in the paint after sealing off his defender both instances, and junior guard Austin Stuhr chipped in with a 3-pointer and a fast-break layup.
With the Huskies in need of more offensive possessions, they were forced to foul for much of the fourth, but BDS converted 11-of-14 shots from the charity stripe to seal Heartland’s fate.
BDS advances to the D1-1 district final Monday night at a host school to be named later against the winner of the D1-1 subdistrict, the Class D1 No. 3 Lourdes Central Catholic Knights (22-4), who beat the Johnson-Brock Eagles (11-12) 60-39 Thursday night at Freeman High School in Adams.
The Eagles have already played and beaten LCC by the score of 44-39 back on Jan. 14 in the MUDECAS Tournament.
Offensively for Heartland, Huebert led the team with 12 points while Stuhr scored nine, Bergen six and Jaden Regier three. Three players: Buller, Connor Boehr and Kyle Ott, all chipped in with two points.
For BDS, Tegtmeier led everyone with 22 points, including four first-half 3-pointers. Cody Garland had five points while Kale Kleinschmidt had nine, Elznic had seven and Stuart Rohr four. Sam Christensen recorded three while Brett Holtzen had two and Garrett Schardt one.
Heartland (14-11) ................... 6 10 9 11- 36
BDS (23-3) ............................ 19 15 10 5- 59