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Basketball: Hancock's home win streak comes to end

Hancock junior Daniel Milander sends a floater to the basket for two points early on in the non-conference game against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday, Jan. 3, in Hancock. Despite four starters in double figures and nine points from Milander, the Owls dropped their first home game since the 2016-2017 season. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times1 / 4
BBE freshman Ashton Dingmann pulls down an offensive rebound for the Jaguars in the first half of non-conference action against Hancock Thursday, Jan. 3, in Hancock. Dingmann had his team's first 10 points and finished with a game-high 24 in the Jaguar win. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times2 / 4
Hancock senior Connor Reese releases a shot from the corner three-point line in the first half against BBE Thursday, Jan. 3. Reese finished with 13 points in the Owls first home loss since February 2017. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times3 / 4
Hancock senior Bennett Nienhaus drives to the hoop during the first half against BBE Thursday, Jan. 3, in Hancock. Nienhaus had 10 points in the Owl loss. Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times4 / 4

The Hancock Owl boys basketball team suffered its first home loss since early 2017 in a 61-60 overtime loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday, Jan. 3, in Hancock. It is the first home game loss for the Owls since falling to Hillcrest Lutheran 63-57 back on Feb. 23, 2017 two seasons ago after posting a perfect 13-0 home record last season.

It is also the first loss of the season for the Owls, who started the year 6-0.

"I'll take 15 home wins in a row any day," Hancock coach Cory Bedel said. "I told the guys let's start another home win streak (Friday night) against Battle Lake."

Freshman Ashton Dingmann led BBE in the upset, scoring 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior Evan Weiner added 15 for the Jaguars.

Four Owls finished in double figures scoring led by 17 points from senior Cole Reese. Twin brother Connor Reese followed with 13 and the Owls got 10 from both Peyton Rohloff and Bennett Nienhaus. Rohloff also grabbed eight rebounds while Nienhaus finished with six steals and five assists.

"We just had an off night offensively, and I don't feel like we rebounded very well" Bedel said of the Owls, who got outrebounded 38-24. "We just didn't put two halves of basketball together against a very good BBE team."

Hancock had chances to win with a last second shots at the end of regulation and again at the end of overtime, but both shots missed, Bedel said.

The Owls, now 6-1, close out the week against Battle Lake Friday, Jan. 4, in Hancock. Next week, Hancock hosts Rothsay Monday, Jan. 7, travels to Brandon-Evansville Tuesday, Jan. 8 and hosts Ortonville Friday, Jan. 11.

BBE 61, Hancock 60

BBE...................28 27 6 — 61

Hancock (6-1)..............26 29 5 — 60

BBE - Scoring: Ashton Dingmann 24, Evan Wiener 15, Dylan Meyer 9, Will VanBeck 4, Ryan Schwinghammer 4, Jackson Peter 3, Abe Peter 2 ... 3-point shots: Dingmann 4, Meyer 3, Wiener 2 ... Rebound leader: Dingmann 9, Evan Wiener 7 ... Assist leader: Wiener 2 ... Steal leader: A. Peter 2, Wiener 2

HANCOCK - Scoring: Cole Reese 17, Connor Reese 13, Peyton Rohloff 10, Bennett Nienhaus 10, Daniel Milander 9, Brandon Kellenberger 1 ... 3-point shots: B. Nienhaus 1, Milander 1, Cole Reese 1, Con. Reese 1, Pe. Rohloff ... Rebound leader: Pe. Rohloff 8, B. Nienhaus 5 ... Assist leader: B. Nienhaus 5 ... Steal leader: B. Nienhaus 6

Brooke Kern

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