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|Paynesville Press - January 1, 2003|
Bulldogs take third at Kimball
Maybe it was all the time off, or maybe it was the all of the Christmas candy eaten. Whatever it was, it made the Bulldogs play their worst game of the season in a 59-50 loss to Lester Prairie on Friday night at Kimball in the first round of the Kimball Classic.|
After playing their worst game of the season on Friday, though, the Dogs came out and played one of their best on Saturday, beating Ogilvie 51-46 to take third place in the holiday tournament.
Against Lester Prairie, the Dogs got off to a rough start and trailed 13-5 at the end of the first quarter. The offense woke up in the second quarter, scoring 17 points, but the defense surrendered 16, and the Dogs trailed 29-22 at the half.
Junior Adam Kampsen scored 19 points in the Dogs' loss to Lester Prairie on Friday and 10 points in their win over Ogilvie on Saturday.
The Bulldogs finally woke up in the third quarter and went on a 13-2 run to end the quarter as the two teams were deadlocked at 37. But poor execution and bad defense left the Dogs with an uneasy feeling by the game's end. The Dogs were outscored 22-13 in the fourth quarter and lost 59-50.
"It's tough to lose games like that, but if you win every game you're supposed to, there would never be any upsets. But the good news is we've got a lot of basketball left, and we need to move on and keep our heads high," said head coach Phil Carlson in a dead silent locker room after the game.
Junior wing Adam Kampsen led the Dogs in scoring with 19 points. Senior guard Josh Teicher added 14 in the losing effort.
The Bulldogs were determined to get off to a better start against Ogilvie on Saturday, and they did just that, taking a 15-6 lead into the second quarter. But the defense couldn't contain Ogilvie's shooters and watched a 12-point lead slip to just one at the half.
The Dogs came out in the second half and shut down the Beavers' offense, holding them to just four third quarter points. But once again a fourth quarter filled with turnovers and bad defense, let the Beavers back in the game.
The tide turned, though, when senior Josh Teicher found senior Kevin Mehr wide open in the corner for a three-point shot, and the Dogs never looked back. Senior Riley Flanders then hit two huge free throws to ice the game.
Mehr had 13 points, six assists, and five steals for the Dogs. Kampsen added 10 points, and junior guard Doug Mages had eight huge points and grabbed seven boards for the Dogs off the bench.
The Bulldogs are now 4-2 for the season. Next week, they will play at Dassel-Cokato on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.
Lester Prairie 59, Bulldogs 50
Bulldogs 51, Ogilvie 46
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