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|Paynesville Press - March 9, 2005|
Dogs top Holdingford, fall in district playoffs to NL-S
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team broke a 16-game losing streak with a 59-54 overtime victory over Holdingford on Tuesday, March 1, but lost their first-round playoff game to New London-Spicer 87-38 on Thursday, ending their season.|
The game with Holdingford was tied 52-52 after regulation, but the Dogs outscored the Huskers 7-2 in the extra period, winning 59-54. Junior Aaron Braun got the only field goal in overtime, and junior Mark Andrie added three free throws and sophomore Ben Moser added two for the Dogs.
Sophomore Mike Houske scored four points in the Dogs' season-ending district-playoff lost at New London-Spicer on Thursday.
The Dogs had trailed by five to start the fourth quarter but rallied, outscoring the Huskers 19-14 in the final period to force overtime.
Holdingford jumped to a 12-2 lead at the start of the game. The Dogs cut that to one by the end of the first quarter, closing the period with a 9-0 run to make it 12-11 after one quarter. But Holdingford built a seven-point lead by halftime, 25-18. The Huskers still led 38-33 after three quarters.
"We ended the regular season playing some exciting basketball," said coach Phil Carlson. "We hosted Holdingford and knew they were a good team as they have defeated some of our common opponents."
The Dogs had balanced scoring against Holdingford, with sopho-more Cory Nietfeld (13 points), Braun (11 points), Moser (10 points), and junior Derek Stanger (10 points) reaching double figures.
The Dogs also were dominant on the boards, according to Carlson, grabbing 46 rebounds. Nietfeld snared 22 boards, and Braun and Moser each had eight apiece. Braun, Moser, and Nietfeld all had four blocks each, too. And Nietfeld dished seven assists and made four steals.
The Dogs celebrated Senior Night against Holdingford, honoring seniors A.J. Benson and Atanas Pastarmadzhiev.
Against NL-S, seeded second in District 20 to Paynesville's seventh, the Dogs saw the Wildcats jump to leads of 22-6 after one quarter, 45-14 at halftime, and 75-30 after three quarters. The Wildcats advanced to the district semifinals, where they lost to Annandale, with an 87-38 win over the Dogs.
"We seemed very intense and ready to come out and give the Wildcats a run for their money," said Carlson. "To their credit, they came out and took control with tough man-to-man defense, and we did not handle their intensity well. They had an excellent season and have some strong seniors. We were very disappointed with our game this evening as the score got out of hand. It was like a domino effect."
Junior guard Trent Hansen had seven points in the Dogs' 59-54 overtime win over Holdingford.
Nietfeld led the Dogs with 15 points against NL-S.
The Dogs finished their 2004-05 season with a record of 3-20.
"In spite of this game, we ended the season with a lot to take with us into next season as we will be returning all but two players, and we have some J.V. and C-squad players who have also come on strong to end this season," said Carlson. "I'm already excited about what it ahead."
Dogs 59, Holdingford 54 (OT)
Paynesville 59 - Cory Nietfeld 5-3/7-13; Aaron Braun 3-5/8-11; Ben Moser 4-2/2-10; Derek Stanger 3-4/4-10; Mark Andrie 1-5/6-8; Trent Hansen 3-0/0-7; TOTALS: FG 19, FT 19/27, 3's 2.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Andrie 1; Hansen 1; Rebounds - 46 Nietfeld 22; Braun 8; Moser 8; Assists - 13 Nietfeld 6; Steals - 5 Nietfeld 4; Blocks - 13 Braun 4; Moser 4; Nietfeld 4.
NL-S 87, Paynesville 38
New London-Spicer 86 - David Johnson 10-2/2-22; Todd Hermann 8-2/2-21; Brian Pieh 3-0/0-9; Steve Halvorson 3-1/2-7; Ben Kulset 3-1/2-7; Tim Drier 2-2/2-6; Nick Carlson 2-0/0-5; Justin Haats 1-2/4-4; Scott Rambow 2-0/0-4; Mike Bonynge 0-2/2-2; Steve Danielson 0-0/2-0; Ben Sletta 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 34, FT 12/22, 3's 7.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 3 Houske 1; Moser 1; Stanger 1; Rebounds - 15; Assists - 5; Steals - 9 Moser 2; Nietfeld 2; Blocks - 2.
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