A turnover-filled ball game in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, ended with the Otters nabbing a 65-56 victory on their home court over Breckenridge. The season opener for both teams, the Cowboys went down swinging and were still in the game in the final minutes of the Friday, Nov. 30 defeat.
“I think there were four different times that the momentum was our way and we cut it down to four or five points and then all of a sudden we had a big turnover,” Breckenridge coach Arly Ohm said. “If we wanted to open with an easy one we wouldn’t put Fergus on the schedule. Games like Fergus make us better because it exploits weaknesses we’ve got to correct.”
Fergus Falls keyed on Noah Christensen and made life tough on the Breck big man. Christensen was held to a dozen points, but still had a big game with 17 rebounds.
“I think it’s no surprise that teams are going to load up on Noah really hard,” Ohm said. “I think we’re going to have to make more plays off ball.”
The leading scorer on the night for BHS was Jacob Marsh with 14 points. A small flurry from the senior forward helped key a big run in the second half, but it wasn’t for the road team.
“I thought in the second half (Marsh) played more aggressively and with confidence, which he’s capable of,” Ohm said. “Sometimes he’s his own worst enemy, but when he cuts loose he’s as good an athlete as we have on both ends of the floor.”
Marsh’s classmate, Caden McGough, drew the task of slowing down Matt Johnson. Sam Bakken, another member of the massive senior class, made the most of his minutes with solid play at the other wing spot.
“A bunch of different guys stepped in. I thought Caden McGough did a heck of a job on Matt Johnson,” Ohm said. “Sam Bakken gave us good minutes.”
It wasn’t just the seniors plugging away in the road loss. Jonah Christensen, a sophomore, made his varsity debut. Even though he didn’t blow up the stat sheet, the forward was disruptive on defense while crashing the boards hard on both ends.
“I really thought Jonah Christensen came in and brought a lot of energy, so it was very encouraging,” Ohm said.
Along with bringing down the turnovers, Ohm also wants to see his team get back dictating the game’s pace.
“Everything we see is half-court offense and we’d like to see the game more chaotic. I didn’t feel that in the first half we did that, but in the second half we responded correctly,” Ohm said. “I like this group. We’re going to be just fine.”
The next game for the Cowboys (0-1) is their home opener against Wheaton, Minnesota. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.