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|Paynesville Press - January 14, 2003|
Free throw shooting costs Dogs versus Sauk
Sauk Centre avenged an earlier defeat and handed the Bulldogs boys' basketball team their first conference loss, winning 60-57 on Friday night in Sauk Centre.|
The Bulldogs - who beat Sauk 60-55 at home in December - built a 23-17 lead in the first half, but the Mainstreeters outscored the Dogs 43-34 in the second half, winning the conference game by three points.
The Bulldogs played well, according to coach Phil Carlson, but shot only 12 of 28 from the foul line. The Dogs did make 10 of 14 from the line in the second half, including four of six in the fourth quarter, but made only two of 14 in the first half, squandering opportunities to add to their lead.
Sauk Centre outscored the Dogs from the free throw line by three points, despite shooting nine fewer attempts, going 15 for 19.
Senior Adam Kampsen led the Dogs with 21 points. He also had four assists. Ninth grader Cory Nietfeld had 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and three steals for the Bulldogs, who are now 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the West Central Conference North.
This week, the Bulldogs played at Annandale on Tuesday. They will host Albany on Thursday.
Sauk Centre 60 - John Ellens 6-5/6-20; Jake Jenc 5-7/8-18; Dustin Meyer 2-1/2-6; Isaac Berling 2-2/3-6; Jared Poepping 2-0/0-4; Zach Wachlarowicz 2-0/0-4; Jess Lubbers 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 20, FT 15/19, 3's 5.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Kampsen 3; Rebounds - 37 Nietfeld 12; Hemmesch 9; Mages 5; Assists - 13 Kampsen 4; Nietfeld 3; Steals - 6 Nietfeld 3; Blocks - 1.
Benson 62, Paynesville 51
Both teams pressed and looked to run the floor, and Benson had the upper hand right away, scoring 13 of the first 15 points in the game. Benson turned that 13-2 advantage into a 15-7 lead after one quarter, and then started the second quarter with a 12-3 run.
Senior Adam Hemmesch launches a jump shot against Benson on Monday, Jan. 5. He scored nine points in the Bulldogs' 62-51 loss.
The Bulldogs battled back to cut the deficit to less than ten at halftime, trailing 32-23. Then senior Adam Kampsen hit a three-pointer to start the second half and the Dogs pulled within six points. Benson, though, responded with a 12-2 run, rebuilding a double-digit lead.
The Dogs scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to cut Benson's lead to ten, but Benson maintained a lead throughout the final period and won 62-51.
Kampsen led the Bulldogs with 17 points, including two three-pointers. Seniors Adam Hemmesch and Doug Mages had nine points each, and ninth grader Cory Nietfeld added eight.
Junior wing Adam Jensen scored 27 points to lead Benson.
Paynesville 51 - Adam Kampsen 7-1/2-17; Adam Hemmesch 3-3/4-9; Doug Mages 4-1/4-9; Cory Nietfeld 3-2/2-8; Adam Ingalsbe 2-0/0-4; Jordan Haag 0-2/2-2; Derek Stanger 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 20, FT 9/14, 3's 2.
3-pointers - 2 Kampsen 2.
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