The Bridgewater-Emery boys basketball team flipped the switch again in the fourth quarter.
The No. 4 Huskies, who are notorious for pulling comebacks, did it again on Saturday. Trailing the entire contest and 33-32 entering the fourth quarter, Bridgewater-Emery once again rallied for a 45-37 win over Aberdeen Christian during the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic at the Corn Palace.
"I think we were more patient in the fourth quarter," B-E coach Scott Schultz said. "We kind of trusted what we were doing. I think that was the main difference. We had some patience. We executed what we were trying to do."
Sawyer Schultz was the main finisher for the Huskies. The senior guard finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds, including 10 points in the crucial fourth quarter.
"We battled hard," Sawyer Schultz said. "We got rebounds. We made crucial free throws, layups down the stretch and we slowly worked our way out of the slump we were in during the beginning of the game."
While the Huskies were pulling away, the Knights struggled to close. Aberdeen Christian, which was led by Andrew Rohrbach's 18 points, made only four free throws in the final quarter.
This not long after the Knights were going toe-to-toe with the Class B heavyweight.
"We put together a really solid first half and solid enough third quarter," Aberdeen Christian coach David Rohrbach said. "... I just think our energy wasn't there in the fourth quarter. We struggled creating shots for each other that fourth quarter. It was right there and for us not to finish is frustrating."
Chase Arend added 11 points for the Huskies, who outrebounded the Knights 33-27. Carter Dye powered the rebounding with nine boards, while also scoring nine points in the low-scoring affair. Both teams hit only 14 field goals apiece, while they combined for five total made 3-pointers.
But in the end, Bridgewater-Emery's defense took over in the final frame.
"I was happy with our defense and rebounding," coach Schultz said. "We always kind of talk about it if shots aren't falling and we have some adversity out there, that we can always defend. They really bought in well with the defense tonight."
The Huskies (13-3) play Irene-Wakonda on Tuesday in Emery. Aberdeen Christian (12-3) hosts Langford Area on Tuesday.
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