Pounding the paint was the formula for success for the Swedes, as they scored a 65-41 victory over Perkins County during a hardwood showdown on Saturday in Gothenburg.
Using their distinct height advantage, the Gothenburg offense was pivoted by Tanner Borchardt in the middle to build up a 10-0 lead with 3:03 left in the opening stanza. The Swedes continued to play with confidence and ran off to a 14-6 lead before the horn sounded on the first quarter of play.
Staying on the offensive and sticking to the gameplan paid off dearly for Gothenburg during the second stanza. The Swedes were able to build up their lead on the scoreboard to 35-18 at the break, with a 21-point second quarter.
Finding a way to pressure the ball and limit the access to the paint, the Perkins County defense assisted in creating offense to dent the Swedes lead to the tune of 15-points, 47-32 with just one quarter of regulation remaining.
Throughout much of the fourth quarter of play, the Gothenburg hoopsters held their double-digit lead that was extended to 20-points (61-41) at the 2:05 mark. The Swedes continued to play stiff defense and limit the Plainsmen’s scoring, as the Cardinal-clad cagers continued to play with high-confidence and double-up on Perkins County. Gothenburg outscored the Plainsmen 18-9 over the final eight minutes to finish strong in the 65-41 victory for the Swedes.
The Gothenburg offense prospered greatly in shooting 49 percent from the field, compared to the Plainsmen’s 35 percent outing. The Swedes won the rebounding battle 33-20 over Perkins County. Showcasing unselfishness, Gothenburg combined to dish out 19 assists in the contest.
Tanner Borchardt came up big for the Swedes with 31 points and seven rebounds and an astounding four steals. Borchardt was 15-of-17 from the floor.
Senior swingman Blake Ristine poured in 16 points for Gothenburg.
Having a breakout game in the paint, Nathan Graham contributed greatly with eight points and six rebounds.
Bursting onto the scene with great ballhandling and fast-break prowess, Dawson Graham dished out eight assists.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Perkins County 6 12 14 9 41
Gothenburg 14 21 12 18 65
Gothenburg: Tanner Borchardt 31, Blake Ristine 16, Nathan Graham 8, Connor Schwanz 5, Roy Slack 3, Ross Ostendorf 2.