Guys still making shots, but drop below .500

David Castleberg (21) and Chatfield teammate Josef Fahrenholtz (33) grab a rebound before Lanesboro’s Connor Ruen can grasp it. LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS
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After winning two games and moving one game above .500 (4-3) the Chatfield boys’ basketball team lost a pair of games and dropped one game below the .500 mark (4-5).  The losses came to Caledonia, 97-75, and Blooming Prairie (71-66).

Scoring points doesn’t seem to be an issue for the Chatfield team, having scored more than 60 points in eight of their nine games.  In their five losses they have given up 78, 84, 78, 97 and 71.

In the loss to the state-ranked Warriors (No. 6) Chatfield had four players score in double-figures: Reid Johnson (18), Ben Brogan (12), Landon Bance (12) and Josef Fahrenholtz (17).  Also scoring were David Castleberg (six), Jack Tuohy (four), Kobe Schott (three), Masyn Remme (two) and Henry Gathje (one).  Remme and Gathje saw their first varsity action of the season.

The field goal shooting was good against Caledonia, 27/54 (50.0%).  Individual shooting, for those who had at least one make: Johnson (6/16), Brogan (3/4), Bance (4/11), Castleberg (3/3), Tuohy (2/3), Fahrenholz (7/11), Schott (1/3) and Remme (1/1).  Three-point shooting: Johnson (2/6), Bance (4/11) and Fahrenholtz (1/2).  At the free throw line: Johnson (4/4), Brogan (6/9), Schott (1/2), Gathje (1/2) and Fahrenholtz (2/5).  The team made seven of 22 (31.8%) from three-point range and 60.9 percent (14/23) at the free throw line.

Johnson led the team with 11 rebounds, completing his first double-double of the season.  In the assist department, Johnson led with five and three each for Bance, Seth Allen, and Schott.  Steal leaders were Johnson (three) and Brogan (two).  The team had 23 turnovers in the loss.

Chatfield had three players in double-figures against Blooming Prairie: Johnson (12), Bance (19) and Fahrenholtz (14).  Bance hit six of 12 shots from the field (50.0%), including five of eight (62.5%) from three-point range.  Fahrenholtz was also six for 12 (50.0%) from the field.  Brogan was two for four from the field and Tuohy was one for two.

The Gophers had their best game of the season at the free throw line, connecting on 15 of 18, 83.3 percent.  Individually, nobody shot below 50.0 percent: Allen (2/2), Johnson (4/4), Brogan (1/2), Bance (2/2), Castleberg (3/4), Schott (1/2) and Fahrenholtz (2/2).

Fahrenholtz was one rebound short of double-digits in rebounds.  He led the team with nine, followed by Castleberg with five.  Johnson dished out five assists and he, Brogan and Bance came up with two steals each. 

The team only had 10 turnovers against Blooming Prairie.

“We played fairly well against Caledonia,” said coach Jeff DeBuhr. “They forced us to play a game outside of our comfort zone.  They’re a very good team.  The Blooming game was frustrating.  They had kids making shots that hadn’t done that all season.  That was a winnable game, but we missed too many opportunities and they hit the shots.”

Tuesday the team was set to host Triton and Friday the Gophers are on the road against Lewiston-Altura.  The guys will host Fillmore Central on Tuesday, Jan. 15.