Battle Lake wins over RHSPublished 10:40am Monday, February 6, 2012
Coming into Battle Lake boys basketball game against Rothsay, Battlers coach Dan Petekra knew the Tigers were much improved after beating them 57-30 on Dec. 22 in Rothsay.
On Friday, the Tigers even took a 3-0 lead off a 3-pointer from Dexter Aaberg. But the No. 3 Battlers displayed why they have yet to lose, by going on a 19-0 run. They ended up winning 77-26.
“It was a good win. Rothsay is a good team, and they can put the ball into the basket,” said Peterka. “The team came together on this one.
“We got some good defense from a lot guys, and the pressure was the reason for their turnovers.”
BL put together several defenses, which forced 25 total turnovers. Battle Lake only had five turnovers.
“The guys did a good job,” said Peterka. “We especially did a good job rebounding on the defensive end.”
It was the 17th victory of the season for Battle Lake. Its closet challenge of the season was an early game against Hillcrest (43-37 victory on Dec. 15).
Peterka is pleased that his players were awarded game after game.
“It’s fun,” said Peterka. “It’s been fun so far. They’re good kids and they’re working hard.”
Alex Ukkelberg and Nick Trosdahl both posted 12 points for the Battlers. Dan Marso scored 11 and Micah Rogness added 10. BL’s Tyler Ukkelberg scored nine points and Zach Wilkie along with Aaron Butler both posted eight points.
Rothsay fought hard all game long “They’re (Rothsay) better with more experience. I told them they’re a decent team, and we couldn’t let up,” said Peterka.
Aaberg ended up with nine points and Aaron Brenden chipped in six points and five rebounds in the setback. Noah Brenden and Matt Zimmeman both scored four points, while Brett Brenden scored two for the Tigers.
After taking on Hankinson on Saturday, BL will travel to Graceville to take on Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Thursday. Rothsay (0-16) will face Brandon-Evansville in Brandon on Friday in a Little Eight conference showdown.