Chatfield boys lose ‘heart-breaker’ on last shot

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS David Castleberg goes up for two Chatfield points vs. Stewartville.
Bill Bentson

The Gophers may have had an 0-3 week in boys basketball, but the first two games were tightly contested games.

“At Zumbrota we had a tie game with under 10 to go and Landon Bance hit a runner to take the lead that got waved off due to an offensive foul call. Z-M then came down and hit a tough shot for the game winner. That was a heart breaker,” said head coach Jeff DeBuhr. “Thursday against PEM we got down and battled back from down 21 to cut it to four. We battled very well and never gave up. On Saturday we ran into a buzz saw as Stewartville shot phenomenally well in the first half and built a lead we couldn't overcome.”

In the three games last week, Monday, the guys lost to Zumbrota-Mazeppa 71-69, Thursday they gave everything PEM wanted, but lost 70-65, and Saturday, the buzz saw, the guys lost to a very good Stewartville team 93-60.

Bance led the scoring against Z-M with 23 points, hitting hit eight of his 15 field goal attempts, including five of 10 from three-point range. He was also two for three at the free throw line. Reid Johnson also shot very well, making eight of 17, and finished with 22 points. Johnson was four for 10 from beyond the arc and went two for two at the free throw line. Drew Schindler came off the bench and scored seven points, two for two from the field, one for one from three-point range and two for three at the charity line. David Castleberg and Ben Fretland each had six points, with three for Henry Gathje and a bucket for Austin Koenigs. Castleberg was three for five from the field.

Johnson was a rebound short of a double-double, with nine. Gathje pulled down five boards and Bance had four. Assist leaders were Reid Johnson (4), Cole Johnson (4) and Bance (3). Fretland and Reid Johnson each had two steals.

Gathje had a super shooting performance against PEM, while scoring a team-high 14 points. He hit six of seven from the field, including two for two from long-range. Bance (11), Reid Johnson (10) and Castleberg (10) were also in double-figures. Bance was four for nine from the field (3/7-threes), Castleberg hit five of nine from the field and Johnson was two for five from three-point range.

Cole Johnson had a fine game with eight points, seven rebounds and six assists. Reid Johnson added eight rebounds, six assists and three steals to his resume. It’s also nice to see outside threat Bance get to the inside and pick up five rebounds.

Chatfield had four steals in the game, and turned the ball over 18 times.

Bance was high-point man again against Stewartville with 14. He had four threes (4/7) on five of 11 shooting against the Tigers. Reid Johnson hit three of six from three-point range and finished the game with 13 points. Austin Koenigs got seven points, with six each for Masyn Remme and Gathje, four for Castleberg, three for Fretland, two each for Schindler, Sam Backer and Sam Stevens and one point for Cole Johnson.

Chatfield only came up with 18 rebounds against Stewartville, its lowest total of the season. Castleberg had four of the rebounds and Cole Johnson had three. Cole Johnson had four of the team’s 12 assists and Remme and Bance each had three steals. 

Stewartville has a 17-4 record and is ranked 12th in Class AA. The Tigers are also the No. 7 ranked QRF team in the state, for Class AA. Caledonia and Lake City are both ranked ahead of the Tigers in the MBBN poll and the QRF rankings.

Tuesday the Gopher guys travel to Southland, Friday they host Dover-Eyota and Monday, Feb. 17, they go over to Grand Meadow for a game.