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Paynesville Press - February 15, 2006

Dogs swept by Cathedral, HL-W

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team used four three-pointers in the first half to take a slim halftime lead but saw St. Cloud Cathedral nail five three-pointers in the second half to rally for a 61-56 conference victory on Thursday at PAHS.

pass The Dogs built a 26-24 halftime lead that could have been greater had they not shot and missed on a number of good opportunities, according to coach Phil Carlson.

Senior Derek Stanger led the Dogs with 15 points in their 78-52 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly last week.

"The second half saw both teams make runs, and Cathedral hit key threes to extend the lead enough to stay ahead," said Carlson. "It was a strong battle, and our team has nothing but these type of games left. We have struggled to get a win lately, but we have battled sickness and injury. We are looking to get to full strength soon and to keep playing exciting basketball."

Cathedral outscored the Dogs 37-30 in the second half to win the West Central Conference North contest 61-56. The loss extending the Dogs' losing streak to four games overall and three in conference.

Junior Cory Nietfeld led the Dogs with 24 points against Cathedral. He also grabbed 13 rebounds (nearly half of the Dogs' total of 31) and had nine steals, being one short of another triple-double.

Junior Ben Moser added 12 points, all coming from behind the three-point line courtesy of four treys.

This week, the Dogs (3-8 in the WCC North, 6-11 overall) played at LPGE on Tuesday night. They will play at Minnewaska on Friday.

Next week, the Dogs will host Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in their last conference game.

Cathedral--24 37 - 61
Paynesville--26 30 - 56

Cathedral 61 - Tyler Hagen 6-6/7-20; Glenn Carnahan 5-1/2-11; Adam Theis 3-3/4-10; Travis Zwiener 3-0/0-9; Mike Laraway 1-3/4-5; Joey Meyer 2-0/1-4; Brace Hemmelsgard 0-2/4-2; Ryan Wimmer 0-0/3-0; TOTALS: FG 20, FT 15/25, 3's 6.

Paynesville 56 - Cory Nietfeld 10-4/7-24; Ben Moser 4-0/0-12; Derek Stanger 3-1/2-7; Aaron Braun 3-0/2-6; Nathan Nietfeld 1-2/3-4; Mark Andrie 1-0/0-3; TOTALS: FG 22/53, FT 7/15, 3's 5.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 5 Moser 4; Andrie 1; Rebounds - 31 Cory Nietfeld 13; Braun 7; Assists - 13 Cory Nietfeld 3; Steals - 24 Cory Nietfeld 9; Nathan Nietfeld 4; Elliott Wall 3; Braun 2; Moser 2; Stanger 2; Blocks - 5 Braun 2.

HL-W 78, Paynesville 52
Howard Lake-Waverly used full-court pressure and hot shooting to build a 30-point lead in the first half, defeating the Bulldogs 78-52 on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at PAHS.

The Lakers made seven of their nine three-pointers in the first half, as they scored 51 points in the first 18 minutes and led 51-24 at halftime.

"Howard Lake pressed hard and shot well," said coach Phil Carlson. "We have to improve on handling pressure up front."

"We made a strong run to get within 13 in the second half," added Carlson. "Our team kept playing hard."

The Dogs did outscore the Lakers 28-27 in the second half, getting as close as 13 before the Lakers sealed the nonconference win. The Lakers made 30 field goals, compared to 18 for the Dogs.

Senior Derek Stanger led the Dogs with 15 points, making two treys and seven of ten free throws. He also had seven rebounds.

Junior Cory Nietfeld added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Aaron Braun also reached double digits in points with 11, adding seven rebounds as well.

Senior Trent Hansen had five assists for the Dogs, who played without junior Ben Moser (sprained ankle) in this game.

Howard Lake-Waverly--51 27 - 78
Paynesville--24 28 - 52

Howard Lake-Waverly 78 - Tim Zander 6-5/6-20; John Hammer 5-0/0-12; Ryan Streich 4-0/0-11; Brian Pettit 4-2/2-10; Josh Remur 2-2/3-6; Jake Young 3-0/0-6; Sean Clark 2-0/0-5; Jared Glessing 2-0/0-4; Joe Borders 1-0/1-2; Aaron Stueven 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 30, FT 9/12, 3's 9.

Paynesville 52 - Derek Stanger 3-7/10-15; Cory Nietfeld 5-2/3-12; Aaron Braun 4-3/4-11; Elliott Wall 3-1/2-7; Mark Andrie 2-0/0-5; Trent Hansen 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 18/50, FT 13/19, 3's 3.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Stanger 2; Andrie 1; Rebounds - 36 Cory Nietfeld 11; Stanger 7; Wall 7; Assists - 12 Hansen 5; Steals - 4 Cory Nietfeld 2; Blocks - 4 Cory Nietfeld 2.

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