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Paynesville Press - March 1, 2006

EV-W, Sauk Centre defeat Dogs in hoops

By Michael Jacobson

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team dropped a nonconference game against neighboring Eden Valley-Watkins on Saturday 70-45, with the highlight for Paynesville being junior Cory Nietfeld scoring his 1,000th career point early in the second half. (See story.)

The Eagles used a 31-11 run over the final seven and a half minutes of the first half to build a 49-27 lead at halftime. The Dogs, whose only lead came at 2-1, trailed only 18-16 after senior Mark Andrie made a three-pointer with 10:30 to play in the first half, but the Eagles scored 11 of the next 13 points to lead 29-18, 24 of the next 32 to lead 42-24, and scored the last seven points of the first half, including a layup at the buzzer, to lead 49-27 at halftime.

trent Senior guard Jason Huschle had 14 points in the first half for the Eagles. Junior post Matt Theis also reached double figures in the first half with 11 points.

Senior Trent Hansen prepares to go up for a shot in the Dogs' 50-47 loss to Sauk Centre on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Nietfeld led the Dogs with 10 points in the first half. Entering the game with 989 career points, he got to 999 with five minutes to play in the first half. He had a ten-foot jump shot roll off the rim in the last minute of the first half and missed his first shot of the second half, a 15-foot jumper.

His 1,000th career point came a couple minutes into the second half, with the 6' 3" junior grabbing an offensive rebound and scoring a layup. For the game, five of his seven hoops came on offensive rebounds. He ended the game with 16 points to lead the Dogs and 1,005 career points.

The Eagles outscored the Dogs 21-18 in the second half to make the final score 70-45.

Coach Phil Carlson said the game had a rough outcome but the team worked hard. "Our whole team was very excited about this milestone for Cory and being a part of it," Carlson added.

The Dogs (6-15) will play their last regular season game at ACGC High School in Grove City on Thursday.

Next week, the Dogs will start the District 20 playoffs. The Dogs are seeded sixth in District 20 and will travel to Howard Lake-Waverly on Thursday, March 9, for a rematch with the Lakers at 7:30 p.m.

The Lakers beat the Dogs 78-52 in early February.

Complete District 20 standings are: (1) New London-Spicer; (2) Eden Valley-Watkins; (3) Howard Lake-Waverly; (4) Maple Lake; (5) BBE; (6) Paynesville; (7) St. Cloud Cathedral; (8) Kimball.

Paynesville 27 18 - 45 EV-W 49 21 - 70
Paynesville--15 15 - 60
Paynesville--15 15 - 60

Paynesville 45 - Cory Nietfeld 7-2/4-16; Derek Stanger 2-2/3-6; Mark Andrie 2-0/0-5; Ben Moser 2-0/0-5; Trent Hansen 1-0/1-3; Sam Bayer 1-0/0-2; Aaron Braun 1-0/0-2; Shane Kampsen 1-0/0-2; Nathan Nietfeld 0-2/6-2; Alex Svejkovsky 0-2/3-2; TOTALS: FG 17, FT 8/17, 3's 3.

Eden Valley-Watkins 70 - Matt Theis 6-5/7-17; Jason Huschle 6-1/2-15; Chris Bischof 5-3/4-13; Kiel Tschumperlin 2-3/4-8; Shawn Kummet 0-4/6-4; Nate Schoenecker 1-2/4-4; Brandon Stenger 2-0/0-4; Jake VerDugt 1-0/0-3; Dan Holdvogt 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 24, FT 18/27, 3's 4.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Andrie 1; Hansen 1; Moser 1; Rebounds - 28 Cory Nietfeld 13; Assists - 7; Steals - 6 Nathan Nietfeld 3; Cory Nietfeld 2; Blocks - 3 Moser 2.

Sauk Centre 50, Dogs 47
The Dogs rallied in the second half against the Mainstreeters but fell short, losing their final conference game to Sauk Centre 50-47 on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Trailing by seven at halftime, 27-20, the Dogs rallied in the second half, getting within two points with six minutes to play at 38-36 when junior Ben Moser scored and then within one point when junior Cory Nietfeld completed a three-point play with just under five minutes to play at 43-42.

That was a four-point possession for the Dogs, who trailed 43-38 before senior Aaron Braun made his first free throw before missing the second. Nietfeld grabbed the rebound, made the bucket, was fouled, and added the free throw to get the Dogs within a point.

Over the last five minutes, though, the Mainstreeters patiently ran their offense, holding the ball for 45 seconds on several possessions. The Dogs only had five possessions in the last four minutes of the game. The first two ended in turnovers.

Senior Mark Andrie got the Dogs within two again with 1:45 to play when he made a three-pointer at 47-45, but Sauk Centre, which made only half of their free throws for the game, made three of four in the final minute. The Dogs missed a three-pointer in the final minute that would have tied the game, and then Nietfeld scored a layup at the buzzer on an offensive rebound to make the final score 50-47.

In the first half, after Sauk took a 13-4 lead, the Dogs used a 13-2 run to take the lead. Moser hit Braun for a layup to tie the game at 15-15 and then Moser scored on the next possession to lead 17-15.

The Dogs still led at 18-16, but Sauk tied the game at 18-18 and then used a 9-2 run to end the half to take a 27-20 halftime lead.

With the loss, the Dogs finished 3-11 and in seventh place in the West Central Conference North. Melrose (12-2) won their last six conference games to edge New London-Spicer (11-3) for the conference title.

This game was also Senior Night for the Dogs, who honored seniors Mark Andrie, Aaron Braun, Trent Hansen, and Derek Stanger. "They have all been strong competitors for our team through the years," said coach Phil Carlson. "They are going to be missed. It's been a very good experience coaching and working with them."

Sauk Centre 27 23 - 50 Paynesville 20 27 - 47
Paynesville--15 15 - 60
Paynesville--15 15 - 60

Sauk Centre 50 - Brent Egan 7-1/5- 16; Lucas Odegard 4-3/4-11; Matt Wallin 2-5/9-10; Steve Wolbeck 4-0/0-9; Austin Robischon 1-0/0-2; Greg Welle 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 19, FT 9/18, 3's 3.

Paynesville 47 - Cory Nietfeld 10-4/5-24; Ben Moser 4-2/3-11; Mark Andrie 1-2/2-5; Aaron Braun 1-1/2-3; Trent Hansen 1-0/0-2; Derek Stanger 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 18, FT 9/12, 3's 2.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Andrie 1; Moser 1; Rebounds - 32 Cory Nietfeld 12; Stanger 5; Assists - 7; Steals - 10 Hansen 3; Sam Bayer 2; Cory Nietfeld 2; Blocks - 2.

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