Enderson and Lundebrek among leaders for Benson boys basketball team in 2017-2018

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Will Enderson (right) passes to a teammate during a game against KMS this year as teammate Sam Lundebrek (left) looks on from down low.  Enderson and Lundebrek both earned WCC honorable mention this year.

The Benson boys basketball team had a tough season in 2017-18, going 0-26 overall and 0-14 in the WCC.  The Braves were seeded eighth in their half of Section 3AA and Benson was eliminated with a 65-22 loss to top-seeded Minnewaska Area in the opening round.

Minnewaska Area went on to earn the section title, beating Pipestone in the section title game, 56-54, but the Lakers suffered two lopsided defeats during the Class AA State Tourney.

The Braves had several close games, losing 70-59 to Martin County West, 58-45 to ACGC, 52-47 to Sauk Centre, 59-53 to Ortonville, 57-47 to Paynesville, 48-44 to YME, and 50-43 to Montevideo, but Benson was unable to pull out any victories.

A lack of offense was the big key to the winless season as Benson was held under 40 points 15 times in 26 games and scored 50 or more points only four times.  For the season, Benson averaged 38.4 points per game

The Braves, coached by Roger Lindahl, Scott Gonnerman, and Adam Foslien, will lose four seniors to graduation -- Kaden Schmidt, Matt Connolly, Sam Lundebrek, and Dan Lenarz.  Three of those seniors (Schmidt, Connolly, and Lundebrek) earned six-year boys basketball awards at the season-ending banquet last week.

“Even though we didn’t win a game this season, the kids never gave up,” coach Roger Lindahl said.  “They worked hard in practice and in the games.  They are good kids and they will be successful in whatever they do.  The seniors will be missed; they did a good job keeping the team together even though they were struggling for a win.”

•  Melrose won this year’s WCC title with a 14-0 league record.  The Dutchmen, who fell to St. Cloud Cathedral in the Section 6AA semifinals, were followed in order by BOLD (11-3), Minnewaska Area (10-4), Sauk Centre (8-6), Morris Area-CA (7-7), ACGC (4-10), Montevideo (2-12), and Benson (0-14)....
 

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Pictured: Will Enderson (right) passes to a teammate during a game against KMS this year as teammate Sam Lundebrek (left) looks on from down low.  Enderson and Lundebrek both earned WCC honorable mention this year.

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