Fond du Lac finishes fine season in fourth
MINNEAPOLIS—Like only Trevontae Brown and the Fond du Lac Ojibwe boys basketball team know how to do, they finished their season on Saturday running and gunning.
Brown tied a Minnesota State High School League state tournament record when the lone senior made 10 3-pointers for all of his team-high 30 points, but it wasn’t enough in the Ogichidaa’s 103-87 Class A state boys basketball third-place game loss to Maranatha Christian Academy Saturday morning at the Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University-St. Paul.
“It’s just natural, I’ve always been able to shoot threes well,” said Brown, admitting he was unaware of the milestone while playing. “I wish someone would have told me [about the record], so I could have beaten it with another three.”
“I don’t think he made one for the last five minutes of the game,” said Coach Earl Otis, also oblivious to the history-making moment, with a laugh.
Brown, a 6-foot-guard, was a ridiculous 10-of-16 from behind the arc in a shooter’s-paradise game that was played behind the slightly-deeper collegiate 3-point line, as FDL broke a MSHSL single-game team mark with 19 total trifectas, giving the entertaining Ogichidaa 36 3-pointers over three days.
Over those three days, FDL (24-5), making their first-ever state appearance in any sport for their tiny tribal school, played hard, starting with what felt like a never-ending triple-overtime win over Canby in the quarterfinals, before falling to eventual-champion Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the semifinals.
The No. 5 Ogichidaa, one of the tournament’s finest Cinderella stories and very-well supported by throngs of fans all week, led early Saturday, but trailed 57-48 at halftime and couldn’t keep pace with third-seeded Maranatha (27-4), led by Josh Goldschmidt’s game-leading 45 points.
Still, the experience was one never to be forgotten.
“We got compliments everywhere we went,” said Otis, in his third year coaching the up-tempo, 10-man Ogichidaa, a fan-favorite to watch with their fast-paced form. “We were tired, but run-and-gun is our style. We live and die by it.”
Especially Brown, who along with teammate Davonte Williamson, was named to the all-tournament team, even after suffering a laceration above his right eye Friday and returning to play with butterfly bandages instead of getting stitches.
“It just shows you what kind of competitor — what kind of kid — he is,” BBE Coach Dave Montbriand said of Brown.
“He’s going to be missed,” said teammate Jordan Diver, who followed with 17 points Saturday, as did Williamson.
“He started hot and finished hot,” Bruce Martineau added.
“It’s the best way I could have gone out,” Brown said.