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Baraboo senior Noah Jackson passes the ball during a game earlier this season.

The Baraboo boys basketball team held its own on Thursday against the 7-5 Beaver Dam Golden Beavers, but couldn’t match their opponent’s offensive production in the second half the Thunderbirds fell 52-39 in a Badger North Conference game.

Baraboo saw a balanced first half, matching nearly every point made by Beaver Dam (7-5, 3-4) as the T-Birds trailed by only four at halftime, 25-21. Baraboo saw its small deficit slowly grow in the second half, as the lengthy Golden Beavers outscored the Thunderbirds 27-18. Beaver Dam ended the night with nine players contributing points.

“We had a good finish to the first half to get to 21-25,” Baraboo coach Darrin Berger said. “For the first (part) of the second half we really struggled to score. We did a pretty good job against Beaver Dam’s press, but their denial and switching defense made it difficult for us to get ball reversals. We didn't get as many good looks as we'd like.”

Senior Caden Blum led Baraboo with 10 points, followed by Noah Jackson and Max Koenig who had nine apiece. Calvin Peterson and Justin Philipp combined for 11. While Baraboo seems to be finding its game in a number of ways including less turnovers and stronger defense, Berger said the offense still needs to come together.

“The positives from the game were that we had our season low for turnovers in a game versus a team that pressed and pressured all game, we played really hard on the defensive end and we held our own rebounding the ball. Ultimately, we needed to score and we had a hard time creating good looks and that is a credit to Beaver Dam's athletes and defensive effort.”

The T-Birds (0-13 overall, 0-7 Badger North) will compete in the Badger Challenge next Friday in Waunakee.

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