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Paynesville Press - January 28, 2004

Rally propels LPGE to last-second victory

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team lost a heartbreaker to LPGE on Friday night, leading for most of the game before LPGE rallied in the fourth quarter to win 59-56.

The Dogs led for nearly the entire game, but the Thunder took the lead 57-56 with 4.5 seconds to play, scoring after the Dogs missed two free throws. The Dogs tried a length-of-the-court pass but failed to connect, and LPGE made two free throws to make the final margin 59-56.

The Bulldogs had taken the lead in the first quarter, outscoring LPGE 20-7 in the first eight minutes. They led 30-19 at the half and 41-32 entering the fourth quarter.

But the Thunder outscored the Bulldogs 27-15 in the final eight minutes, making three treys and connecting on 10 of 12 free throws.

Coach Phil Carlson said the game was a tough loss for the team, since they led for so much of the game.

The Dogs, now 3-2 in conference, trail LPGE, now 3-1, by a half game for the conference lead.

The Dogs, 6-5 overall, played at Eden Valley-Watkins on Monday and hosted Maple Lake on Tuesday. They will play a conference game at Melrose on Thursday, and next week they will play at St. Cloud Cathedral on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Paynesville--20 10 11 15 - 56
LPGE--7 12 13 27 - 59

Paynesville 56 - Adam Kampsen 6-8/8-20; Doug Mages 3-4/5-12; Jordan Haag 2-1/2-8; Cory Nietfeld 2-1/4-5; Mark Andrie 1-0/0-3; Adam Ingalsbe 1-0/2-2; Adam Hemmesch 2-0/3-4; Derek Stanger 0-2/2-2; TOTALS: FG 17, FT 16/26, 3's 3 Mages 2; Haag 1.

LPGE 59 - Brian Kuelbs 4-3/3-12; Bryce Brunswig 4-2/2-10; Mike Ager 4-0/0-10; Craig Tschida 4-0/0-9; Ben Pohlman 0-6/8-6; Nathan Tschida 3-0/1-6; Kevin Pommier 1-0/0-3; Harrison Dotson 1-0/0-2; Chris Fink 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 21, FT 12/16, 3's 5.

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