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Published March 16 2012

Ada-Borup falls in section boys basketball championship

MOORHEAD – Even the No. 1 team in the land gets a little nervous every now and again.

Or at least that’s what Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa point guard Brian Goodwin claims. Goodwin helped the nerves disappear, picking up three first-half steals en route to rolling Ada-Borup 80-38 on Friday in the Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 boys basketball final at Concordia College.

“We just set out in the zone and trapped them pretty aggressively,” Goodwin said. “We just wanted to see if we could force some turnovers.”

The Jaguars (30-0) did just that, forcing four turnovers in the Cougars’ (22-6) first five possessions, resulting in a 9-0 run less than three minutes into the first half.

B-B-E’s opening-half run reached its peak at 21-2 with 12 minutes, 34 seconds left in the half.

It was also at that point the Jaguars had more steals (7) than the Cougars had shot attempts (5).

“Obviously, we put ourselves in a tough hole to start,” said Cougars coach Trevor Stewart. “We were a little nervous, but give them credit. They were quick.”

Goodwin said the Jaguars’ plan was to consistently pressure the Cougars with the hopes of forcing turnovers.

B-B-E did more than force turnovers, putting Ada-Borup’s starting point guard, Dan Atwood, in early foul trouble as he picked up four fouls before the halfway point of the first half.

B-B-E used a balanced scoring attack with Billy Borgerding, Goodwin and Goodwin’s older brother, Connor, each having nine or more points at the half.

Even with the balance, the Jaguars kept feeding the ball to the 6-foot-7 Connor Goodwin. Goodwin finished with a game-high 24 points.

“We just had to keep our heads in the game,” Connor Goodwin said. “Play our game and do what we normally do.”

The Jaguars return to the Minnesota state basketball tournament, where last season they lost in the state final.

Yet with a perfect record, balanced scoring and a dominant center, it appears the Jaguars could finish off the job.

That’s of course if there are no nerves.

“You get a little nervous sometimes,” Goodwin said. “But once the game got started, we felt comfortable with what we were doing.”

ADA-BORUP: Atwood 0-3 0-0 0 Hennen 3-6 1-2 9 Blasey 1-7 1-2 3 Ambuehl 1-3 0-0 2 Merkens 1-2 0-2 2 Ruebke 2-6 3-5 7 Kappes 4-7 1-2 11 M. Ruebke 0-1 0-0 0 Peterson 1-2 0-0 3 Hoven 0-0 1-2 1 TOTALS: 13-37 7-13 38

B-B-E: Goodwin 6-9 4-6 16 Montbriand 2-8 1-2 5 C. Goodwin 9-13 6-8 24 Borgerding 4-9 2-2 12 Heinsius 1-1 4-7 6 Heinze 2-3 0-0 4 Rodgers 0-0 2-2 2 TOTALS: 27-57 17-26 80

Readers can reach Forum reporter Ryan S. Clark at (701) 241-5548.

Clark’s Force blog can be found at slightlychilled.areavoices.com

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