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|Paynesville Press - January 2, 2002|
Dogs falter at Minnewaska tourney
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team lost twice in the Minnewaska Holiday Tournament on Thursday and Friday night.|
The Bulldogs played the Alexandria Cardinals on Thursday night. It looked to be a tough battle against a much larger school, but Paynesville aimed for an upset.
Alexandria took it to the Bulldogs in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 22-15. The Bulldogs had to play catch-up after that, but never could. The Dogs went into the break down by nine, 38-29.
The Cardinals refused to let the Bulldogs back into the game in the second half and put them away in the fourth.
The Cardinals outscored the Bulldogs in each quarter. Paynesville ended up losing by 17.
Senior Wes Lieser led the Bulldogs with 18 points and five assists. Senior Andy Jones followed with 11 points.
The Bulldogs were missing starting point guard Josh Teicher, who was on a family vacation.
The loss put the Bulldogs in the third place game against the host Minnewaska Lakers on Friday.
Minnewaska 81,Paynesville 69
After Minnewaska built a six-point run in the first quarter, the Dogs made a good run to end the second quarter and go into the break only down by five, 38-33.
Paynesville was stricken by fouls. Lieser had three very early, and Jones and senior Aaron Lang had three by early in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs made a good run to tie the game twice in the third quarter, but mental mistakes stopped them from keeping the lead.
The Bulldogs trailed by four entering the fourth quarter, but the Lakers hit lots of free throws down the stretch and won by 12.
Sophomore Adam Kampsen led the Bulldogs with 17. Jones added 15 points and 11 boards. Lang scored 14 points and added six rebounds.
Junior Riley Flanders came off the bench and played well for the foul-stricken Lieser. Flanders had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Bulldogs, now 2-6, next play Melrose at home on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
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