The Breckenridge boys basketball team debuted a lineup with only seniors active for its first game of the delayed 2021 season against Upsala/Swanville. Everybody contributed in an 87-45 blowout win on the Cowboys' home court. Breckenridge cruised to victory on the strength of a 50-18 halftime lead. Stevin Lipp earned his first win as Breckenridge's head coach, while Cooper Yaggie burst onto the scene with a game-high 29 points.
It was Yaggie who sparked the home team from the jump, pressuring the Patriots into a turnover that resulted in a big run-out dunk for University of Jamestown basketball commit Anthony Conzemius. Sebastian Anderson assisted that jam and went on to finish a complete performance with 12 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals.
Breckenridge placed nine players in the scoring column, with four of them in double digits, led by four 3-pointers from Yaggie and efficient scoring outings by Anderson, Conzemius, Jonah Christensen, and Reese Pederson.
Breckenridge was clearly a level above its opponent, swiping 16 steals in the game. Francisco "Junior" Perez caused havoc in the backcourt with 4 steals, while chipping in 6 points.
The last time we saw Jacob Vizenor in action, he was scoring 5 touchdowns in the section championship football game. This year, he's back on the court. He found Pederson twice early in the contest with sharp passes that resulted in layups. He scored his first points on a runner towards the end of the game.
It was a relatively quiet offensive night Christensen, an ultra-crafty post presence, but he still ended up with 10 points and 5 rebounds. The highlight of the night for Christensen was a full-court baseball pass that dropped into the arms of Yaggie who scored at the cup and was fouled. The center showcased his ability to score with both hands, depositing a reverse with his right and later dropping in a left-handed baby hook in the lane.
Seniors Adam Ohm and Gus Hasbargen also scored in the contest, with Ohm drilling a corner three and Hasbargen euro-stepping his way in for a layup.
Breckenridge will face a much taller task when they host Pelican Rapids on Tuesday, January 19th in a 7:30 p.m. battle of Section 8AA foes.
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