By PATRICK SLACK
The Browerville boys basketball team entered Friday’s match-up against Royalton with an unblemished record.
It didn’t leave that way, as the Royals used an 8-1 edge in three-point shots to take down the Tigers 60-56.
Royalton jumped out to a 29-11 lead early in the game before Browerville went on a 12-4 run to cut the gap to nine at the half.
The Tigers continued to slow down the Royals in the second half, tying the game with 8:29 to play and extending their lead to 45-40 with 7:26 remaining.
But Royalton regrouped and came right back, evening up the score with 6:08 to play.
The Royals then took back the lead, eventually pushing it to six points before holding on for the win.
“This was a nice win for our program,” head coach Randy Thielges said. “Browerville is a very solid team and to pull one out from them is a nice compliment to how hard our kids worked.”
Junior Luke Wentland and senior Steve Hoff were the leaders for Royalton offensively.
Wentland went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line to finish with 20 points, while Hoff hit four threes to score 18.
Junior Matt Silbernick posted eight points and five rebounds and senior Dan Anshus chipped in five points.
Royalton plays at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Thursday.
Royalton 60, Browerville 56
Browerville 23 33 – 56
Royalton 32 28 – 60
Royalton—Luke Wentland, 20 (6 rebounds, 6 assists); Steve Hoff, 18; Matt Silbernick, 8 (5 rebounds); Dan Anshus, 5.