Winning streak hits four for Gopher guys

LEIF ERICKSON/CHATFIELD NEWS Chatfield’s Masyn Remme puts up a shot in front of a Wabasha-Kellogg defender.
Bill Bentson

The Chatfield boys basketball team won three games this past week, extending its winning streak to four. 

The Gophers got their wins over Rushford-Peterson (53-50), Cotter (76-42) and Wabasha-Kellogg (74-53).  The team’s record is now 5-10, overall, and 4-6 in the Three Rivers Conference.  The Gophers finished at 3-3 against the teams in the East division.

The most notable commonality in the four wins is low turnovers.  In the four straight wins, the boys only turned the ball over eight times against Fillmore Central, seven against R-P, eight against Cotter and 10 in the game against Wabasha-Kellogg.

In the win over Rushford-Peterson, Reid Johnson led the team with 19 points, hitting seven of 14 from the field and four of four at the free throw line.  He also had six rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Landon Bance was also in double-figures with 12.  He also shot 50.0 percent from the field, making five of 10, along with a pair of three-pointers.  Rounding out the scoring for Chatfield, David Castleberg had eight, Henry Gathje seven, Ben Fretland four and Cole Johnson three.  Castleberg made four of three at the free throw line.

Fretland led the team with eight rebounds and added three assists.  Cole Johnson had team-highs in assists (4) and steals (5).  Austin Koenigs pulled down five boards. 

Chatfield was eight for eight at the free throw line.

Nine different players scored in the big win over Cotter, led by Bance with 23.  He had a very good shooting night, hitting eight of 13 shots from the field, including five of nine from three-point range.  He was also two for three at the charity line.  Reid Johnson had a great shooting night, nailing six of seven from the field and a perfect four of four at the line for 16 points.  Castleberg was also in double-figures with 10 points.  He hit five of his nine shots.

Fretland only had two points in the scorebook, but led the team with six assists and added six rebounds and three steals. Reid Johnson led the team with seven rebounds and had a team-high four steals.  Cole Johnson was the game’s go-four; four rebounds, four assists and four points (shooting four for six at the free throw line).  Koenigs and Castleberg each had five rebounds and Bance contributed three rebounds and three assists.

The team shot 50.9 percent (27/53) from the field, 33.3 percent (5/15) from three-point range and 58.6 percent (17/29) at the charity stripe.  The 29 attempts at the line was the third highest total this season.

And if you thought shooting 50.0 percent against Cotter was good, the team’s shooting against Wabasha-Kellogg (29/55, 52.7%) was even better.  Three-point shooting was down a bit, 21.4 percent (3/14), but the charity tosses were up, at 61.9 percent (13/21).

Reid Johnson had a double-double, 22 points/10 rebounds, against the Falcons.  Bance was in double-digits also, with 10 points.  Others scoring were Cole Johnson (9), Castleberg (6), Henry Gathje (5), Koenigs (7), Sam Backer (2), Sam Stevens (5) and Fretland (8).

Fretland hit three of five from the field, including two of three from downtown, Stevens was two for two from the field and one for one at the line, Sam Backer was one for one from the field, Gathje was two for three from the field and one for one at the line and Castleberg hit three of his four shots.  Bance hit five of 13 field goals, Koenigs hit three of seven and Reid Johnson connected on eight of 13 from the field and five of seven at the free throw line.  Cole Johnson was five for eight at the free throw line.

Cole Johnson had seven assists and Bance pulled down four rebounds.

This past Monday the team hosted Kingsland and Friday the Gophers will travel to St. Charles.  The team is at Zumbrota-Mazeppa on Monday, Feb. 3.