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Paynesville Press - January 29, 2003

Dogs beat Maple Lake in hoops

By Kevin Mehr

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team desperately needed a win. After losing four straight following their Christmas tournament, the Bulldogs finally got back on track with a 55-38 rout of the Maple Lake Fighting Irish on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The Dogs played great defense, holding the Irish to just one offensive rebound in the first half and took a 28-13 lead into the locker room at halftime, thanks to a strong second quarter where they outscored the Irish 20-7.

In the second half, the Dogs came out and played with a lot of intensity and went on to defeat the Irish 55-38.

Junior post Adam Kampsen poured in 19 points and snagged 12 boards, while his older brother Josh added nine points and and grabbed six rebounds. Senior guard Kevin Mehr added ten points.

The Bulldogs are now 1-3 in the West Central Conference North and 5-7 overall. This week, the Bulldogs hosted New London-Spicer on Monday. They will continue their seven-game homestand on Thursday when they will host Melrose. They also will host St. Cloud Cathedral on Monday, Feb. 3.

Paynesville--8 20 15 12 - 60
Maple Lake--6 7 14 11 - 60

Paynesville 55 - Adam Kampsen 19; Kevin Mehr 10; Josh Kampsen 9; Josh Teicher 8; Milan Virant 8; Sam Thompson 1; TOTALS: FG 23/42, FT 5/15.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Adam Kampsen 4; Rebounds - Adam Kampsen 12; Teicher 7; Josh Kampsen 6; Assists - Mehr 4; Steals - Virant 3; Mehr 2; Flanders 2.

LPGE 63, Paynesville 59
Kevin Mehr, boys basketball - photo by Michael Jacobson On Friday, the Bulldogs hosted the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder and lost 63-59.

The Dogs came flying out of the gates and took a seven-point lead into halftime, 35-28. But that would not be enough as a poor third quarter saw the Dogs get outscored 19-7, and their one-time 14-point lead turned into a five-point deficit.

Senior guard Kevin Mehr launches a jumper on Friday's game against Long Praire-Grey Eagle. Mehr scored five points.

A fourth quarter filled with turnovers and missed shots saw the Dogs lose yet another game in which they were ahead at halftime.

Trailing 50-44, Paynesville scored on three straight possessions - a jumper by senior guard Josh Teicher, a layup by senior guard Kevin Mehr, and another layup by junior wing Adam Kampsen - to tie the game at 50-50. But the Thunder scored the next five points on their way to a 9-1 run to take a 59-51 lead. The Bulldogs scored six straight points again thanks to a three-pointer by Kampsen and a free throw and jumper by Teicher to cut the deficit to two points.

The Thunder made four of six free throws in the final minute to seal the 63-59 victory.

Poor free throw shooting contributed to the loss. The Dogs made only 13 of 30 free throws.

"Were playing extremely hard, and there's no question about how much heart we have and show each night on the court. We just need to keep our heads up, and work harder in practice and things will turn around," said Teicher, who netted 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Adam Kampsen led the Dogs with 20 points, including four treys.

LPGE--14 14 19 16 - 63
Paynesville--15 20 7 17 - 59

Paynesville 59 - Adam Kampsen 20; Josh Teicher 19; Kevin Mehr 5; Riley Flanders 4; Milan Virant 4; Eric Miller 3; Josh Kampsen 2; Adam Hemmesch 2; TOTALS: FG 21/45, FT 13/30.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Adam Kampsen 3; Teicher 1; Rebounds - Virant 10; Teicher 9; Steals - Mehr 3; Teicher 3.

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