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|Paynesville Press - January 30, 2002|
LPGE proves too much for Dogs
The Bulldogs lost 61-38 to conference rival Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Thursday night. |
The Bulldogs played a good game against the Thunder, but woeful shooting led to an embarrassing loss. Paynesville shot only 27 percent from the field for the game.
Senior Aaron Lang battles for a pass with LPGE's Matt Siegle, a 6'7" St. Cloud State University signee.
The Dogs held their own early in the game, trailing on 12-9 at one point in the first quarter, but LPGE scored the final six points of the first quarter and the first five points of the second (an 11-0 run) to take a 23-9 lead.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to ten at 24-14, but LPGE led by 14 points at the half and then scored the first seven points of the second half, too.
The Dogs had only 10 turnovers for the game, which is five less than their team average. The Dogs also held their own on the boards, only getting outrebounded by one against the taller Thunder, led by 6' 7" senior Matt Siegle, an SCSU recruit, who scored 22 points.
Senior Wes Lieser led the Bulldogs with 14 points, including four three-point shots.
The Dogs (now 1-6 in the WCC and 3-10 overall) were forced to play without head coach Steve Little, who was given two technical fouls on Tuesday night. This resulted in his ejection and his suspension for the next game, according to the rules of the Minnesota State High School League.
Assistant coach Phil Carlson was unable to attend either game last week due to a death in his family. So assistant coach Mark Little, along with ninth grade coach Ross Englestadt, took over.
This week, the Bulldogs played at New London-Spicer on Tuesday.
They will play at state-rated Litchfield on Thursday and at Eden Valley-Watkins on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The C- and B-squad games for both upcoming games start at 6:15 p.m.
Sauk Centre 56
As was mentioned earlier, coach Little was ejected from the game within the first three minutes of the first quarter. Coach Little felt he needed to protect his players, no matter the cost. For arguing a controversial call, he was ejected.
The Bulldogs didn't get into the flow of the game until late in the second quarter. The Dogs made a run and cut the Mainstreeters lead to one point before the half was over.
The Bulldogs went into the break with the score 20-19.
The Dogs played a solid third quarter, though the Mainstreeters increased their lead to 38-33, but the Dogs ran out of gas in the fourth. Sauk Centre outscored the Dogs 18-7 in the final quarter and the Dogs ended up losing by 16 points, 56-40.
The Bulldogs had 29 turnovers in the game, a season-high. But the Mainstreeters also committed 24 turnovers. Both are unusually high numbers.
The Bulldogs lost this game on the boards. Sauk Centre had 17 more rebounds than the Bulldogs.
Lieser led the Dogs with 10 points and five boards. Senior Aaron Lang added nine points for the Dogs.
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