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|Paynesville Press - January 16, 2002|
Dogs drop conference games to Albany, Melrose
The Bulldogs scored 23 first quarter points against the Huskies of Albany on Friday, but Albany rallied in the second and fourth quarters and won 72-60.|
The Bulldogs had an eight-point lead at one point in the second quarter, but the Huskies put some full-court pressure on the Dogs and forced some turnovers, which led to easy Albany points. Albany outscored the Bulldogs 25-15 in the second quarter, and the Dogs went into halftime down by five.
The Bulldogs played a good third quarter, cutting into Albany's lead, and started the fourth down by two. But Paynesville ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. Albany outscored the Bulldogs by 10 points again in the final quarter.
Senior wing Wes Lieser had a career high 27 points against Albany, making 11 shots from the field including two three-pointers. Lieser added five rebounds.
Senior post Aaron Lang added 12 points and six boards.
The Bulldogs played both games last week without starting sophomore wing Adam Kampsen. Kampsen has a deep thigh bruise and is expected to be out for one or two weeks.
The Bulldogs' next game is at St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday night. They also will host Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Jan. 22. B- and C-squads start at 6:15 p.m. with the varsity following.
Melrose 57, Paynesville 41
The Bulldogs shot poorly against the stifling zone defense of Melrose. The visiting Dutchmen led 26-15 at halftime and then outscored the Bulldogs 21-3 in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs scored 23 points in the fourth quarter to make the final score 57-41.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over 25 times, which is 10 more than the team's average for the year.
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