Jackson Lamb drained a 3-pointer 16 seconds in as the Charger men’s basketball team never looked back in a 99-68 win against Waldorf Tuesday night in Forest City, Iowa.
Briar Cliff showed a balanced attack and took advantage from deep early as the Blue and Gold’s first four made baskets were all from 3-point range and came from four different players. After Lamb’s trey, Ethan Freidel, Austin Roetman and Jaden Kleinhesselink all hit from the outside. By the end of the night the Chargers had 14 made 3-pointers on 30 attempts, compared to just 6-of-29 shooting on 3-pointers by the home Warriors.
“Our guys did a great job of executing tonight’s game plan,” said head coach Mark Svagera.
Free throw shooting was also a spot that saw the Chargers dominate. Briar Cliff hit 17 free throws on 19 attempts, while Waldorf was just 4-of-10 from the charity stripe.
Lamb led all players in scoring with 22 points on the night. Conner Groves was solid off the bench with 14 points for BC, while Freidel (12), Roetman (12) and Kleinhesselink (10) all chipped in with double digit point totals. Kleinhesselink led the squad in rebounds with five and Freidel was the top assist man with five. Quincy Minor Jr. was the top performer for the Warriors with 21 points.
A number of Cliff players helped the team outrebound Waldorf 39-30. Four Chargers ended with four rebounds (Andy Geelan, Roetman, Lamb, Tony Bonner) while three others tallied three (Groves, Carson Kruger, Sammy Green). Bonner had a career-high eight points for BC. Codey Hicks was next up on the scoring chart with five for Briar Cliff. Quinten Vasa had the Chargers lone block in the contest.
“We had some really good contributions from multiple guys,” Svagera noted. “Going into GPAC play we’re looking to continue playing with energy and urgency.”
Briar Cliff’s next time on the hardwood will be in conference play as the Chargers travel to Seward, Neb., on Saturday for a meeting with Concordia. The teams tip off at 4 p.m. Briar Cliff enters league competition with a 6-0 record while Waldorf dropped to 1-5 on the year.