Aberdeen Central's offense was as cool as the north wind that blew outside the gym.
The Golden Eagles shot 22 percent from the field as they lost to Brandon Valley by a score of 56-32 on Friday in the season opener in high school boys' basketball for both teams. Central shot just 17 percent from the field in the first half. The temperature outside was also in the teens.
“We didn't shoot well, but I didn't think we took great shots at times,” said Central coach Brent Norberg. “We were forced into some bad ones. In the first quarter, we played really well. We had some bunnies and we need to make those. Offensively is where we struggle - so if we get layups, we have to put them in.”
The first quarter was close and the Golden Eagles led twice. The Lynx outscored the Eagles 21 to 4 in the second quarter and 12 to 6 in the third to take a 44-19 lead with one period left.
“Nobody in South Dakota really has time to prepare for their first game,” said Lynx coach Brent Deckert. “We were fortunate because we have a lot of guys coming back from last year's team. If we can shoot like this every game, I'll take it.”
Brandon Valley shot 61 percent from the field in the first half and 57 percent for the game.
A bright spot for the Golden Eagles was rebounding. Central collected two more rebounds than the taller Brandon Valley squad including 15 offensive boards.
“I was pleased with the rebounding,” said Norberg. “It was encouraging. We have to do stuff like that. We're not big, but we're pretty active. We have to get the hustle plays.”
Micah Rogers topped Central with nine rebounds.
Deckert was not pleased with the rebounding totals. “We made enough mistakes defensively and we gave up 15 offensive rebounds,” he said. “That will kill us. We will not win again this year if we give up that many offensive boards.”
The Lynx put three players in double figures in scoring: Ben Schultz with 15, Tyler Trevino with 11 and Ben Kramer with 10.
Rogers also led the Eagles in scoring with eight points following by Josh Amdahl with seven.
“It's the first game,” said Norberg. “We didn't play well but we played hard. We'll get better. Brandon is a good team. Defensively, I was happy. I thought we had lulls here and there where we didn't make great decisions. Overall, the effort was there. Everything we didn't do well tonight is fixable.”
Aberdeen Central returns to action on Tuesday at Watertown in an ESD game. Brandon Valley, which stayed in Aberdeen Friday night, plays at Huron today.
BRANDON VALLEY: Tyler Trevino 5-10 0-0 11, Sam Rall 1-2 0-0 2, Isaac Hanson 1-1 0-0 2, Ben Schultz 7-10 1-4 15, Dylan Rock 1-3 0-1 2, Trevor Crow 1-1 1-2 3, Kyle Petersen 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Marso 1-3 0-0 3, Brock Wickett 2-2 0-0 5, Nate Peterson 1-2 0-0 3, Ben Richard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-42 4-9 56.
ABERDEEN CENTRAL: Mitchell Babcock 2-10 1-1 5, Brett Lorenz 0-2 0-1 0, Kyle Walz 1-4 0-0 3, Roman Orr 2-6 0-0 4, Reid Fust 2-7 0-2 5, Zack Hagen 0-1 0-0 0, Josh Amdahl 2-12 2-3 7, Micah Rogers 2-4 4-4 8, Josh Hilgemann 0-3 0-0 0, Braden LeGrand 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-50 7-11 32.
Brandon Valley (1-0)
11 32 44 56
Aberdeen Central (0-1)