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Anders and Bjorn Broman | Duluth Rookie Basketball

Broman brothers headed to the ‘Big Dance’

Added on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Written by Jeffrey DeMars, Divisional Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division

Anders and Bjorn Broman scored their first basketball buckets as little tykes playing for The Salvation Army’s Rookie Basketball Association. Their most recent baskets, however, helped propel their college team, the Winthrop Eagles into the NCAA basketball tournament. Winthrop beat Campbell 76 – 59 to win the Big South Conference Tournament and an automatic bid into the NCAA basketball tournament.

“We’re so happy for them,” said Kris Mallett, Rookie Basketball Association Coordinator. “They’re such great guys, they work so hard and really, truly earned this.”Broman Brothers past and present

It’s the first trip to the tournament for Winthrop since 2010. The number one seeded Eagles never trailed during the championship game and ended a streak of three straight conference championship losses.

Anders Broman, a junior and his brother Bjorn, a sophomore–both play guard and are known for their outside, three–point shots. In high school they played for Lakeview Christian Academy where they racked up big points. In college, though, they both average under ten points per game.

Anders scores about eight points per game and plays a little more than 20 minutes, while Bjorn averages about five points per game and 28 minutes. But what they may lack in points, they more than make up for in setting up plays, passing, and avoiding turnovers.

Not to mention they are simply relentless and determined on defense.

Bjorn Broman dribbling between the legs“It’s so wonderful to see a couple of kids from Duluth that got their start at The Salvation Army excel at something they enjoy,” said Mallett. “Once the tournament starts we will be glued to the TV.”

While spring registration for Rookie Basketball is already full, parents can still register for upcoming summer day camp clinics. They will focus on basketball fundamentals and character-building qualities like integrity, teamwork and excellence. The clinics are broken by grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-6. Registration begins in May. For more information contact Kris Mallett at 218-576-6174.

Who knows maybe your little dribbler will one day play in the NCAA tournament?

“I never thought it would get to this level,” explained John Broman, the boys’ father. “You know we as parents just wanted to play with our kids whatever they did, we made it a family event and they took off on basketball.”

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