Ben Brogan twists around some Kingsland defenders to take a shot for the Gophers.
Ben Brogan twists around some Kingsland defenders to take a shot for the Gophers. SAM CLEMENS/CHATFIELD NEWS

“We played our best game of the year,” said coach Jeff DeBuhr about the contest against St. Charles. 

The Chatfield boys basketball team kept the game against the top team in the Three Rivers Conference close, but fell 89-73 Friday on the road.

“We trailed by more than 20 (points) in the first half but fought our way back to within four points with eight minutes to go, against one of the best teams in the area,” said DeBuhr. “We reacted to adversity much better than in the past, but still had a few too many turnovers.  We reacted to them with good effort.  We moved the ball well and hit some shots.”

Chatfield had five ballplayers in double-figures against the Saints, led by Reid Johnson’s 17 points.  Johnson was seven for 17 (41.1 percent) from the field, which included a pair of three-pointers.  Ben Brogan was five for six (83.3 percent) from the field for 10 points, Landon Bance hit four of nine (44.4 percent), including three of six (50.0 percent) in threes, for 11 points, Austin Hines had 14 points on six for nine (66.7 percent) shooting, including two for two from beyond the arc, and Josef Fahrenholtz had 13 points on five for nine shooting (55.6 percent), including one of two (50.0 percent) from three-point range and two for two (100.0 percent) at the free throw line. 

Seth Allen had six points in the game, making two of four from the field, and one of two from three-point range and the free throw line.  Michael Fishbaugher had two points in the game, hitting his only field goal attempt.  As a team Chatfield was 30 for 58 (51.7 percent) from the field, including nine for 21 (42.9 percent) from three-point range, and four for eight (50.0 percent) at the free throw line.  Five players came up with rebounds for Chatfield: Fahrenholtz (nine), Hines (seven), Brogan (seven), Johnson (six) and Allen (three).  Leaders in assists were Fahrenholtz, six, and Johnson and Brogan, each with five.  Johnson had two of the team’s six steals.

In a 25-point loss to Kingsland 75-50 earlier in the week, Bance (15), Fahrenholtz (11) and Johnson (10) were in double-digit scoring.  Bance was five for eight from the field, including four for five from three-point range, Fahrenholtz hit five of nine from the field and Johnson was three for four at the charity line.  Bance was one for one at the free throw line.  Others to score were Brogan and Fishbaugher, four each, and Allen, Zach Roline and Chance Backer, two each.  Fishbaugher was two for four from the field, while Roline and Backer each went one for one.  Fahrenholtz (seven) and Johnson (six) led the team in rebounding, Brogan and Johnson, four each, led the team in assists, and Bance and Fahrenholtz each had two steals.

With one week to play in the regular season, the Chatfield team has three wins and 20 losses and is 1-15 in Three Rivers Conference play.

The Gophers were scheduled for an away game at Southland on Tuesday and wrap up the 2017-18 regular season at home against Dover-Eyota on Friday.  The seeding will be done next weekend and tournament play begins next week.