WORTHINGTON -- Worthington High’s Brock Bruns is a talented athlete, but the junior forward knows better than anyone what teammate Terbuto Ochothow means to the Trojans boys basketball team.
“He really does it all for us,” said Bruns.
That was certainly the case Tuesday night as Ochothow poured in 34 points to lead the Trojans to a 64-57 victory over the Windom Area Eagles.
“He played great, knocking down shots when we needed them and spreading the ball around,” Bruns said.
The 6-foot-6 Bruns was also a key factor with 12 points, including a 4-for-4 effort at the foul line, as the Trojans of coach Clint Meyer improved to 2-1 with their first Big South Conference triumph of the season.
“We struggled at times but we really stuck together,” Bruns said. “We held the turnovers to a minimum (eight), unlike the past few games.”
Freshman guard Henry Erickson drained five 3-pointers en route to 17 points for Windom (0-2). Junior Connor Redman added 13 and sophomore center Dylan Serreyn had 11 points and several rebounds for the Eagles of coach Mitch Boeck.
“Windom’s never going to quit,” said Meyer. “They’re not real deep but the guys they do have play their tails off the entire game. There’s no quit, for sure, with any of coach Boeck’s teams.”
Neither is there any stopping Ochothow, at least not this night. The silky smooth 6-footer scored 20 points as Worthington built a 13-points lead. His final line included five 3-pointers, several sweet assists and two free throws with 30 seconds left to help seal the deal.
Ochothow, who averaged 22 points per game last season as a sophomore, displayed superb quickness and a tremendous touch from behind the arc.
“He’s obviously going to be our go-to guy,” said Meyer. “When he’s on, he’s a tough guy to defend. When he gets going it’s good to see. He’s one of the best players in the area, and he proved that tonight.”
Erickson, whose father Juhl was a star basketball player for Westbrook about 25 years ago, was among several underclassmen who played well for Windom.
“I’m happy with the effort,” Boeck said. “We hit some shots at the end that were big and helped us come back a little bit. We’re young and I’m happy with them, but I also think Worthington has a real nice team. They’ve got some good skilled players, and that’s kind of what it came down to at the end.”
Ochothow was too much.
“He’s really hard to stop,” Boeck said. “We kind of threw some things at him (defensively), but he stayed real poised. Just a good ballplayer.”
Worthington plays at Waseca on Tuesday night, while Windom travels to Okabena to take on Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda.