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Paynesville Press - February 22, 2006

Hoopsters drop two road games

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team led 24-18 in the first half, but Minnewaska ended the half with a 21-2 run, taking a 39-26 lead at halftime and proceeding to win the conference game 75-54 on Friday.

The Lakers (8-5) moved into third place in the West Central Conference North with the home victory. The Dogs, who have dropped six straight games, including five conference games, are now in seventh (3-10).

Minnewaska made all six of its three-pointers in the first half, in which they rallied to take the halftime lead. "They started hitting the threes, and we did not answer well," said coach Phil Carlson.

"We have to compete strong the whole game and work harder on defense to get to the shooters," he added. "It's a team effort to do this."

The Lakers outscored the Dogs in the second half 36-28.

"To get the lead is one thing," said Carlson. "To keep it and win is the main battle."

The Dogs had beaten the Lakers 91-78 at PAHS in January.

The Dogs were led by junior Cory Nietfeld who scored 24 points and snared 11 rebounds.

Nietfeld now has 965 career points and could become the ninth PAHS player to reach the career mark of 1,000 points this week, still needing 35 points.

The Dogs hosted Sauk Centre on Tuesday night in their last conference game of the season. This also was Senior Night, honoring seniors Mark Andrie, Aaron Braun, Trent Hansen, and Derek Stanger. "These young men have stayed dedicated to our program and team through thick and thin," said Carlson. "It's been an excellent experience coaching them and working together through the years."

Paynesville--26 28 - 54
Minnewaska--39 36 - 75

Paynesville 54 - Cory Nietfeld 7-9/11-24; Ben Moser 3-0/0-9; Derek Stanger 3-2/2-9; Nathan Nietfeld 1-1/1-3; Aaron Braun 1-0/1-2; Trent Hansen 1-0/0-2; Shane Kampsen 0-2/4-2; Elliott Wall 1-0/0-2; Ted Hoffman 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 17/47, FT 15/21, 3's 5.

Minnewaska 75 - Jordan Johnsrud 6-5/5-17; Jordan Holte 5-1/2-13; Ryan Kollman 5-0/0-12; Jon Hoffmann 4-0/0-10; Scott Fahlrich 3-0/1-6; Derrek Hyland 2-2/4-6; Jordan Hendricks 1-3/6-5; John Davis 1-0/0-2; Brett Peterson 1-0/0-2; Brady Weispfennig 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 29, FT 11/18, 3's 6.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 5 Moser 3; Cory Nietfeld 1; Stanger 1; Rebounds - 25 Cory Nietfeld 11; Moser 6; Stanger 5; Wall 5; Assists - 12 Cory Nietfeld 3; Steals - 12 Wall 5; Cory Nietfeld 3; Hansen 2; Blocks - 5 Moser 2; Alex Svejkovsky 2.

LPGE 62, Paynesville 51
The Bulldogs led by nine at halftime but were outscored by 20 by host LPGE in the second half, losing the conference game 62-51 on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The Dogs built a nine-point lead over the 18-minute first half 31-22, making 13 field goals in first half. Junior Ben Moser had 15 points in the first half for the Dogs.

But LPGE limited the Dogs to only six field goals in the second half, while outscoring them 40-20 and sweeping the season series 62-51. LPGE beat the Dogs 63-57 in overtime in January at PAHS.

"We played very well in the first half to be up by nine," said coach Phil Carlson. "The second half was a different story as they beat us with a 20-point turnaround. This was a frustrating half as many good shots rolled out. They got the hot hand and dumped in free throws to seal it in the end."

"We don't have time to mope around; we gotta get back up and work to play a strong 36 minutes," added Carlson.

LPGE (4-9) moved a game ahead of the Dogs in the conference standings with the conference win.

Moser led the Dogs with 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks.

Junior Cory Nietfeld added 19 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Only five players scored for the Dogs: Moser 20, Nietfeld 19, senior Derek Stanger 6, senior Mark Andrie 4, and senior Trent Hansen 2.

Paynesville--31 20 - 51
LPGE--22 40 - 62

Paynesville 51 - Ben Moser 8-2/3-20; Cory Nietfeld 6-7/10-19; Derek Stanger 3-0/0-6; Mark Andrie 1-1/3-4; Trent Hansen 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 19/49, FT 10/16, 3's 3.

LPGE 62 - Todd Kuelbs 7-8/12-25; Dan Scheve 7-2/2-16; Jason Tschida 2-5/6-10; Jared Morrill 3-0/0-6; Brent Hoemberg 1-1/2-3; Tyler Minke 1-0/1-2; TOTALS: FG 21, FT 16/23, 3's 4.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Moser 2; Andrie 1; Rebounds - 53 Cory Nietfeld 16; Moser 9; Aaron Braun 5; Stanger 5; Elliott Wall 5; Assists - 12 Moser 3; Cory Nietfeld 3; Stanger 3; Steals - 17 Moser 3; Cory Nietfeld 3; Andrie 2; Sam Bayer 2; Hansen 2; Wall 2; Blocks - 4 Moser 2.

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