The Briar Cliff men’s basketball team bounced back from Wednesday’s defeat and downed (RV) Doane 100-89 Saturday evening.
Ethan Freidel scored a 3-point bucket to open the game and put the Chargers in front 95 seconds into the contest. The lead changed hands six times in the first 11 minutes before Jay Wolfe hit a 3-pointer to put the Chargers on top for good. BC led 49-43 at halftime.
Erich Erdman notched another 3-point basket for Briar Cliff, which went 15-for-32 from beyond the arc in the contest, to start the second half. Doane came back within seven points in the second half but the Chargers were able to maintain the lead and get the win on the road.
“It was great to get back on the winning side of things this afternoon,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “Our guys came out and played with high level energy. Defensively we executed our game plan and rebounded well. Our ball movement and getting multiple guys involved was huge! Jeff Daubanton was outstanding for us off the bench on both ends.”
Erdman poured in 27 points to go with six assists and two rebounds. Jay Wolfe had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Daubanton matched his career high with 14 points, Jackson Lamb added 11 points and Ethan Freidel chipped in 10.
Three Tigers hit the 20-point mark, with Trace Tupper scoring 21 and Nick Kornieck and Koh Flippin adding 20 each. Korneick also pulled down six rebounds.
The Blue and Gold shot 56% from the field, including 47% from beyond the arc. They also capitalized on 87% of their free throw chances. Doane went 33-of-59 in field goal shooting and 10-of-28 from the 3-point line. The team shot 62% from the charity stripe.
Briar Cliff moves to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in GPAC play while Doane falls to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Chargers will play one more game before Thanksgiving break, taking on Mount Marty at 8 p.m. Tuesday night in Yankton, South Dakota.
The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team picked up its first GPAC win of the season this afternoon with an 82-55 victory over Doane. A big first half was the difference for the Blue and Gold as they improve to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Doane falls to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the GPAC.
The Chargers got on the board first when Alyssa Carley stole the ball 11 seconds into the game and scored a layup for the 2-0 lead. Doane’s Sidney Blackburn hit a 3-pointer on the next possession go up 3-2 but Carley responded immediately with a 3-pointer of her own and BC did not trail the rest of the game.
The Tigers were able to get within one point a few times in the first quarter but the Chargers pulled away and were up 30-24 at the end of the period. Carley put up a game-high 11 first-half points to help her team to a 58-32 halftime lead.
Carley led all players with 17 points and went 5-for-8 from the 3-point line. She was followed by Taylor Vasa with 13 points and four rebounds. Logan Ehlers pulled down 10 rebounds and Patricia Martinez Sanz dished out a career-high five assists.
Cassandra Vasa and Lauren Schmidt were the only Tigers in double digits, putting up 11 and 10 points, respectively. Emma Areman had five assists.
BC shot 52% from the field, 48% from beyond the arc and 52% from the free throw line. Doane went 16-for-51 in field goal shooting, including 11-for-23 from the 3-point line. They also were 13-for-25 from the charity stripe.
The Chargers will play Tuesday night at Mount Marty. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Yankton, South Dakota.