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Paynesville Press - March 5, 2003

Bulldogs rally but lose against ACGC

The Bulldogs boys' basketball team lost their Friday night game to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The next one is the one that matters.

ACGC held on to beat the Dogs 54-51 in Paynesville on Friday.

Seniors Josh Kampsen (4) and Josh Teicher (20) guard an ACGC player. The Dogs hosted ACGC again on Tuesday for the district playoffs.

The Dogs, seeded fourth in District 20, hosted ACGC, seeded fifth, again in the first round of the district playoffs on Tuesday.

ACGC controlled the game early on Friday, building leads of 12-9 after one quarter, 27-21 at halftime, and 41-29 at the end of three quarters.

The Bulldogs rallied. Trailing 50-40, the Dogs scored the next nine points to get within one point.

With 30 seconds to play, trailing 52-51, the Bulldogs had a chance to take the lead but could not convert. ACGC sealed the win by getting an offensive rebound on a free throw and making two free throws with less than 15 seconds to play.

Junior wing Adam Kampsen led the Bulldogs with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

The Dogs made five treys, with senior Kevin Mehr making two and junior Doug Mages making two as well. Senior Josh Teicher made the fifth one.

The Bulldogs hosted ACGC last night in the opening round of the district playoffs. If the Bulldogs win, they would play on Thursday, March 6, at New London-Spicer at 7:30 p.m., most likely against top-seeded and defending state champion Litchfield.

ACGC--12 15 14 13 - 54
Paynesville--9 12 8 22 - 51

Paynesville 51 - Adam Kampsen 18; Josh Kampsen 7; Josh Teicher 7; Doug Mages 6; Kevin Mehr 6; Milan Virant 5; Adam Hemmesch 2; TOTALS: FG 16, FT 14/19.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 5 Mages 2; Mehr 2; Teicher 1; Rebounds - 30 Adam Kampsen 12; Josh Kampsen 8; Assists - Adam Kampsen 3; Teicher 3; Steals - Eric Miller 3; Virant 3.

Melrose 61, Paynesville 28
The Melrose Dutchmen held the Dogs to 28 points in a conference victory on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The Dutchmen held the Dogs to single digits in every quarter on their way to victory. Paynesville took an early 5-0 lead, but Melrose led 14-5 after the first quarter and led 30-12 at the half.

The Bulldogs made only nine field goals, including two treys, and eight free throws.

With the loss, the Dogs finished 2-8 in the conference. They are 6-16 overall entering the playoffs.

Paynesville--5 7 7 9 - 28
Melrose--14 16 16 15 - 61

Paynesville 28 - Kevin Mehr 9; Josh Kampsen 8; Adam Kampsen 5; Riley Flanders 2; Milan Virant 2; Josh Teicher 1; Doug Mages 1; TOTALS: FG 9, FT 8/18, 3's - 2 Adam Kampsen 1; Mehr 1.

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