The Beresford Watchdogs stuck tight to Dakota Valley’s coattails in the first half of their match-up Dec. 15. The score at the end of the half was 27 to 32, with the Panthers leading.

“This was a really rough first half for us, but give a lot of credit to Beresford,” head coach Jason Kleis said. “They hit shots and played harder than we did, but I thought our guys had a much better second half.”

After a coaching adjustment at halftime, the Panthers kicked it into gear. Defensively, they held the Watchdogs to 2 points in the third quarter and 6 in the fourth. Offensively, they put up 12 points in the third and 22 in the fourth to win the game 66-35.

Paul Bruns gained his second double-double, scoring 29 points and securing 15 rebounds. Isaac Bruns followed with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Alex Zephier led the team in assists with 4.

“Isaac and Paul Bruns had full stat sheets,” Kleis said. “They scored and rebounded well and Alex Zephier, again, really was tough on defense. We are focused on being more patient on offense going forward, but our guys gutted through this one to get the win.”