BBE wins first round game at state

MINNEAPOLIS -- The top-ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars did something Thursday that they hadn't done all season. They allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points. But for a Lakeview Christian Academy team averaging a state-high 92 ppg,...

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Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's Brian Goodwin drives for two of his 25 points in the Jaguars' 85-76 victory over Lakeview Christian Academy on Thursday in the opening game of the Class A state tournament at Williams Arena. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The top-ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars did something Thursday that they hadn't done all season. They allowed an opponent to score more than 70 points. But for a Lakeview Christian Academy team averaging a state-high 92 ppg, scoring 76 points was something it usually achieved well before a game ended.

With the help of a 16-0 run in the first half and a combined 49 points from Brian (25) and Connor (24) Goodwin, BBE outlasted the Lions of Duluth 85-76 in the quarterfinals of the Class A State Tournament at Williams Arena.

BBE (31-0) will meet unseeded Mountain Lake-Butterfield-Odin (25-5) in today's semifinals at noon over at the Target Center in Minneapolis. MLBO, winners of 11 straight, advanced after going on a 20-8 run over the final 7-1/2 minutes in its 73-61 win over No. 4-seed Browerville.

Lakeview Christian Academy entered its showdown with BBE having scored 90-or-more points in a game 21 times, including hitting the century mark seven times. But a rough stretch midway through the first half hindered any chances the Lions had to upset BBE. So everyone thought.

"We started slow in the new setting and got in a big hole, but we fought back," said LCA freshman point guard Bjorn Broman. "When they double teamed Anders (Broman, the state's leading scorer), everybody else does their best to step up."


During BBE's 16-0 run that took just 5:25 to complete, LCA was 0-for-8 from the field and committed four turnovers. After trailing 7-6, BBE found itself in front 30-12 with 7:05 left in the opening half.

The Jaguars would later own a 19-point lead in the half before LCA made a late run to go into halftime trailing 47-39.

The Lions finally found their offensive rhythm in the second half. A sizeable BBE lead was dwindled to one at 52-51 after LCA made 6 of its first 7 shots to open the second half.

"We just had to stay calm," said Brian Goodwin. "We stayed pretty calm and kept our composure. Last year helped a lot playing on this court and playing on college courts at UM-Morris and Concordia in the sections. I had fun the whole game. It's a great atmosphere."

Billy Borgerding's layup and then a thunderous 3-pointer gave BBE some breathing room again at 57-54. A Kirby Montbriand trey from the side of the key made it 60-55 at 11:33 and the Lions wouldn't get inside a five-point spread again.

After the Lions pulled within two at 57-55 with 11:42 remaining, BBE finished the game going 10-for-15 from the field while LCA was 8-for-22. Borgerding finished with 18 points behind 7-of-10 shooting and nine rebounds.

Connor Goodwin was a force inside on 10-of-16 shooting and 10 rebounds, plus four steals.

"That's a great team," said Connor of the 7A champs. "We were lucky to get a win. We knew they'd make a run with those two Bromans."


Defensively, the Jaguars played their usual 1-3-1 zone most of the time "with hands out, playing tall and getting deflections," said Connor, a 6-foot-7 senior post.

Bjorn Broman scored 19 points -- 16 in the first half -- while LCA junior guards Josh Plys and Anders Broman each scored 18. Anders, also a marvelous passer, is the second-leading scorer in Minnesota history with 3,834 points. He averaged 44 ppg this year.

Bjorn, who leads the state in assists with just under 10 a game, said his older brother had influenza this week and didn't practice until the run-through on Wednesday at the Barn.

"BBE played good defense," said Anders. "I just wasn't able to make my shots; they always had someone close to me. But I don't care if I score; I'll look for the open guy. I just want to win."

The Lions tried a full-court trap to start but the Jaguars avoided the snares and that led to full-speed transition baskets.

"We were a step slow today and down here that leads to easy scores," said Anders Broman.

Lions head coach Bob Newstrom commented: "They made it difficult for us to get to the rim while they attacked our inside with success. We knew they'd make a run and I'm happy we answered in the second half, but give them credit, they answered."

Mountain Lake finished the runner-up to Fosston in the first state tournament held in April, 1913, at the new Carlton College gymnasium in Northfield. Thirteen teams participated in the invitational, including Willmar which lost in the first round to Fosston which beat Mt. Lake 29-27 in the championship game.


Ninety-nine years later BBE reached the state tournament for the first time its program's history ... and finished second. Mountain Lake had two more runner-up finishes in the tourney's infant years and then won the state title in 1939. But until now Mountain Lake hadn't played in a state tournament since 1952. (Butterfield-Odin made a single trip in 1978 when they beat Clara City in the first round).

No. 2 Southwest Minnesota Christian (27-1) and No. 3 Rushford-Peterson (25-5) meet in the other semifinal today at 2 p.m. after SMC beat Fosston 59-41 and Rushford-Peterson downed Prairie Seeds Academy 74-68.

BBE 85, Lakeview CA 76

Lakeview CA (25-6) 39 37 -- 76

BBE (31-0) 47 38 -- 85

LAKEVIEW CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - 24-63 FG (12-34 3-pt); 16-22 FT; 41 rebounds; 19 fouls ... Scoring: Anders Broman 5-19 6-7 18, Bjorn Broman 6-10 3-4 19, Ethan Lawler 0-1 2-2 2, Adam Fuchs 2-5 3-6 7, Luke Borchardt 5-9 2-2 12, Josh Plys 6-15 0-1 18 ... 3-point shots: A. Broman 2-10, B. Broman 4-7, Plys 6-15 ... Rebound leaders: Borchardt 10, A. Broman 8, B. Broman 6, Fuchs 6 ... Assist leaders: B. Broman 7, Lawler 4 ... Steal leaders: A. Broman 4, B. Broman 3, Borchardt 2

BELGRADE-BROOTEN-ELROSA - 32-61 FG (5-10 3-pt); 16-24 FT; 35 rebounds; 18 fouls ... Scoring: Brian Goodwin 8-13 9-10 25, James Kuefler 1-5 2-4 4, Billy Borgerding 7-10 1-3 18, Kirby Montbriand 4-13 0-0 9, Connor Goodwin 10-16 4-5 24, Trey Heinsius 2-3 0-0 5 ... 3-point shots: Borgerding 3-5, Montbriand 1-3, Heinsius 1-1 ... Rebound leaders: C. Goodwin 10, Borgerding 9 ... Assist leaders: B. Goodwin 6, Heinsius 3 ... Steal leaders: B. Goodwin 5, C. Goodwin 4

James Kuefler
Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa's James Kuefler takes a shot during the Jaguars' victory over Lakeview on Thursday in the first round of the Minnesota Class A boys basketball tournament.

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