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Eagles finish strong to secure win over Brookings

Aberdeen Central’s Sam Rohlfs, center, moves to the basket between Sioux Falls Washington’s Tommy Peterson, far left, Zharic Sheppard, left and Joe Uttecht, far right, during a game earlier this season at the Golden Eagles Arena. Rohlfs led the Eagles with 25 points in a win at Brookings Thursday night. Photo by John Davis taken 1/6/2022

BROOKINGS – Aberdeen Central took care of the ball, took care of their free throws and ended up taking care of business Thursday night against Brookings.

The Golden Eagles made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to seal a 67-56 Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ basketball victory.

AJ Hase made four straight foul shots and Sam Rohls added three free throws to help Central turn back the Bobcats.

Rohlfs led all scorers with 25 points. He also had five rebounds and three steals.

“Sam had by far his best game of the year,” said Central coach Brent Norberg. “He scored consistently all night and was excellent defensively.”

Rohlfs and Jackson Dorsett both made clutch three-pointers down the stretch. Dorsett’s final three put the Eagles up by 11 points and helped Central to maintain momentum over the hard-charging Bobcats.

“We kept playing through their hot shooting and were able to come away with a road win,” Norberg said.

Alec Voegele contibuted 14 points, five rebounds and four assists to the Central total.

Hase finished with 12 points and Dorsett added nine to help make up for the absence of Spencer Barr, who is out indefinitely after breaking his wrist in a win over Sioux Falls Lincoln last Saturday.

Brookings was led by Jake Ammann with 20 points and Nathan Lease with 11.

The Eagles, 7-2 on the season, are scheduled to host Tea Area at 3 p.m. Saturday at Golden Eagles Arena, weather permitting.

ABERDEEN CENTRAL (7-2): Alec Voegele 5 3-5 14, Noah Behrends 2 0-0 4, Jackson Dorsett 3 1-1 9, Sam Rohlfs 9 5-8 25, AJ Hase 3 4-4 12, Jameson Palmer 0 1-2 1, Brady Rohrbach 1 0-0 2. Totals 23-42 14-20 67.

BROOKINGS (1-4): Zach Moe 2 0-2 5, Jake Ammann 7 2-2 20, Sam Hardin 3 1-2 7, Jack Even 1 0-0 3, Jet Leddy 3 2-2 8, Nathan Lease 4 2-2 11, Jaxton Eck 1 0-0 2. Totals 21-42 7-10 56.

Aberdeen Central 16 33 48 67

Brookings 14 26 43 56

3-point field goals – Voegele, Dorsett 2, Rohlfs 2, Hase 2; Moe, Ammann 4, Even, Lease. Total fouls – Aberdeen Central 12; Brookings 13. Rebounds – Aberdeen Central 23 (Voegele 5, Behrends 5, Rohlfs 5); Brookings 24 (Lease 6, Moe 5, Leddy 5). Turnovers – Aberdeen Central 7; Brookings 13. Assists – Aberdeen Central 8 (Voegele 4); Brookings 8 (Leddy 4). Steals – Aberdeen Central 7 (Rohlfs 3); Brookings 5 (Ammann 3).

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