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Brooklyn Center hands Breckenridge first-round loss

Breckenridge's Noah Christensen goes up for a shot over Brooklyn Center's Qentrell Douglas during Wednesday night's Minnesota Class 2A state boys basketball tournament game at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Andy Rennecke / Forum News Service

A trip to a state tournament usually brings with it a level of competition outstate teams haven't seen before.

Brooklyn Center had the edge in just about every statistical category Wednesday night against Breckenridge in the Minnesota Class 2A state boys basketball quarterfinals at Williams Arena.

The Cowboys couldn't match the Centaurs' athleticism, speed and physicality in a 63-48 loss to the No. 2 seed in the tournament.

"We don't see a lot of teams like this in our area," Breckenridge head coach Arly Ohm said. "Their quickness and execution were huge factors. Give Brooklyn Center credit—they're going to be a tough out for anybody in this tournament."

Breckenridge head coach Arly Ohm

Brooklyn Center moves on to the Class 2A semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at the Target Center. The Cowboys will play an 8 p.m. consolation game Thursday at Concordia-St. Paul's Gangelhoff Center.

The Centaurs jumped out to a 20-6 lead to open the game as Breckenridge dug itself a big hole early on.

The Cowboys managed to keep it close with a flurry near the end of the first half to make it 31-21 at halftime. But the Centaurs and sophomore guard Lu'cye Patterson were relentless on both ends of the floor.

Patterson had 17 of his game-high 25 points to lead Brooklyn Center, which shot 41.4 percent from the field. Patterson shot 10 of 17 from the field and went 3 of 7 from beyond the arc. Brooklyn Center's defense held the Cowboys to 32.6 percent shooting.

"Patterson is a heck of a player," Ohm said. "He's the real deal. Great players make others better and he did that for his team today. He was the catalyst for them. He's only a sophomore and we're going to hear a lot about him the next two years."

The Centaurs were physical with Breckenridge 6-foot-8 junior guard Noah Christensen, who had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Christensen came in averaging 20 points a game, but he was noticeably bothered by Brooklyn Center in the paint.

"They got up into me and rode me out of the paint," Christensen said. "I should have sat down a little harder, but they collapsed a lot on me and their help defense was really good. We had nerves going in the first half and it kind of showed."

Brooklyn Center forced Breckenridge into 19 turnovers, including eight in the first 18 minutes. The Centaurs finished with a 26-10 scoring advantage in points off turnovers. The Centaurs eventually built a 20-point lead at 53-33 with 8:40 left.

"We really communicated well defensively," Brooklyn Center head coach Matthew McCollister said. "Breckenridge is a good team and they didn't make it here by accident. They never went away. A lot of teams would have given up and folded when we got up by 20. Our commitment to playing assignment basketball helped us pull away in the end."

The Cowboys, who went 0-2 at the tournament last year, will be looking for their first win at state since 1978.

"We're playing for pride and for our community," Ohm said. "You can bet we'll be playing very hard in the consolation round. This means a lot to us."

B (25-6): Kram 1 0-0 3, Pedersen 0 0-0 0, Christensen 6 5-8 18, Dahlgren 3 2-2 9, Feigum 1 0-0 4, McGough 0 2-2 2, Porter 0 2-2 2, Engen 0 2-2 2, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Bakken 0 0-0 0, LeNoue 0 0-0 0, Marsh 0 0-0 0, Randall 0 0-0 0, Yaggie 4 1-1 10, Fredericksen 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15-46 14-17 48.

BC (22-8): Harut 2 0-0 5, Spinkles 4 7-9 16, Douglas 4 0-0 8, patterson 10 2-5 25, Decker 3 1-2 7, Yates 0 0-0 0, Tahir 0 0-0 0, Nelson 0 0-0 0, Hawton 0 0-0 0, Russ 0 0-0 0, Riley 0 0-0 0, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Wehyee 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24-58 10-16 63.

Half: BC 31, B 21. 3-point goals: Kram, Christensen, Dahlgren, Yaggie, Harut, Spinkles 1, Patterson 3. Total fouls: B 14, BC 16. Rebounds: B 35 (Christensen 13, Dahlgren 6), BC 35 (Harut 6, Spinkles 5, Patterson 6). Assists: B 9 (Kram 2, Christensen 2, Dahlgren 2), BC 14 (Harut 4, Spinkles 4). Turnovers: B 19, BC 10.