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January 22, 2022

1/7/2022 11:43:00 AM
North Branch sweeps Granite City Classic, moves to 8-1 on the season

It doesn’t matter which way they do it, the North Branch boys basketball team just can’t stop winning. Close games, blowouts, non-conference, conference. They’ve almost all resulted in a ‘W’ for North Branch.

They moved their record to  8-1 with two more wins in the Granite City Tournament  over the holidays.

North Branch 70, Delano 69
The Vikings held off a hard-charging Delano Tigers team in the opening game of the tourney on Wednesday, December 29.

“This was a big win against a great program.  Delano is good every year and is so well coached,” Head Coach Todd Dufault said.

Trevor Johnson had a stellar game, scoring 26 points, and Travis Schoeberl added 11, with Logan Murphy chipped in 14 points as North Branch led the whole way.
It took everyone’s complete effort to beat Delano as the Tigers’ Will Strandemo scored 33 points.

The devil was in the details for North Branch, as they were nine-of-nine from the free throw line in the closing minutes of the game, and that sealed the win. Even one miss would’ve meant an overtime contest where anything can happen.

“We continue to find ways to win and that is a testament to the level of confidence, focus and execution our guys have finished games with,” Dufault said. “Once again, a great team effort on both ends of the court.  We have faced some really good competition which has given us the opportunity to get better these past several weeks.”

North Branch  83, Southwest Christian  57
After surviving a scare against Delano, the Vikings got to cruise to an 83-57 victory over Southwest Christian on Thursday, December 30.

“What a great way to finish up before the New Year,” Dufault said after the blowout. “A big win, everyone gets to play, everyone contributes and we ride some great momentum into 2022 with a six game winning streak.”

North Branch only gave up 14 points in the first half, building an insurmountable 30 point lead at the break. “I was so proud of our defense in the first half giving up 14 points,” he said. “It didn't matter who was playing, the effort and energy on defense set the tone for the entire game.”

Adam Rehm led the Vikings with 15 points and Schoeberl had 14 points, and after that it was a cavalcade of scorers for NB. Brody Beaver, Carson Klein, Gabe Huset, Infinite Yang, Noah Thorsen, Andrew Thauwald, Murphy, Johnson and Mason Young all scored over four points for NB.

“We were able to get our bench some great minutes and reward all the guys that come to practice every day and give their best,” Default said proudly. “We have three days off to enjoy before we go back to work and start preparing for a tough conference schedule.”

Hoops Hype
North Branch’s schedule gets very interesting over the next couple of weeks. They took on Big Lake earlier this week and then travel to Grand Rapids for a section showdown on Saturday, January 8. But then it really picks up. they’ll host Becker and Princeton on Tuesday, January 11 and Friday, January 14. The Bulldogs are always tough and the Tigers are currently 7-0 and ranked third in the state in Class AAA.

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