Chatfield’s Josef Fahrenholtz shoots over a Southland defender.
Chatfield’s Josef Fahrenholtz shoots over a Southland defender. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

The losing streak has reached seven as the Chatfield boys basketball team dropped a pair of Three Rivers Conference games last week to La Crescent (61-43) and Southland (61-52). 

The guys are now 3-13 for the season, 1-10 in the TRC.  The team has now finished the inter-divisional play and ended up with a 1-5 record against the teams in the East Division.

In the loss to the Lancers, no player was in double-figures in scoring but Austin Hines (12) and Reid Johnson (11) had double-digit rebounds.  Landon Bance led the team with nine points, hitting three of five from three-point range.  Ben Brogan hit four of five field goals and finished the game with eight points.  Others getting into the scorebook were Hines (seven), Josef Fahrenholtz (six), Jacob Gillespie (five), and Michael Fishbaugher (four) and Johnson (four).  As a team, Chatfield shot 30.4 percent (17/56) from the field and 50.0 percent (3/6) at the free throw line.  The guys were four of 20 from three-point range, 20.0 percent.  The team had 28 turnovers in the game.

“We are still having too many turnovers leading to easy baskets,” said coach Jeff DeBuhr. “Our half court defense is greatly improving, but we need to stop giving up the easy ones due to mistakes on the offensive end.  We had our best game on the boards we have had in a long time.” 

In addition to Hines and Johnson, Brogan had six rebounds, four for Seth Allen, three each for Bennett Gathje, Bance and Fahrenholtz and one for Jack Tuohy.  Johnson led the team with three steals and Gathje, Brogan and Hines each had two assists to lead the team in that category.

Turnovers were down considerably against the Rebels, only 15.  Brogan had a good scoring night as he turned in his season high of 19 points.  Brogan was eight for 13 from the field and three for six at the charity stripe.  He also had five rebounds, three assists and a steal.  Johnson, Bance and Fahrenholtz each had eight points in the game, Gillespie added four, Allen had three and Hines had a bucket for two points.  Fahrenholtz was four for eight from the field, Bance went two for four and Johnson was three for seven in his field goals, two for three from beyond the arc.  Bance also shot well from “news office,” going two for four.  Bance (2/2) and Allen (1/1) were perfect on the line.  Bance and Brogan led the team with three assists apiece and Bance was the chief thief with three steals. 

“We played a strong game against Southland,” said DeBuhr.  “We rallied from down double-digits multiple times and came back to take the lead. The final score is not indicative of the way the game was played.  We had a one-point lead with a few minutes to go, but they made free throws in the end and took the lead and extended it to nine.  The energy in the gym was great and the boys battled very hard.  We just came up on the short end.”

Tuesday night the team will travel to Dover-Eyota and Thursday night the team will host No. 20 ranked Plainview-Elgin-Millville.  Monday the Gophers are at Stewartville.