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Paynesville Press - March 13, 2002

Buzzer-beater downs Dogs against D-C

By Andy Jones

Dan Savage The Bulldogs boys' basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the first round of the district playoffs on Monday, March 5, to the Dassel-Cokato Chargers. The Bulldogs tied the game with less than 10 seconds to play, but the Chargers sank a buzzer-beating three-pointer to win 58-55.

The Bulldogs and Chargers proved to be a great matchup. The Bulldogs were seeded sixth in District 20, and the Chargers were seeded third. The Chargers beat the Bulldogs 71-60 in the Dogs' home opener back in December.

Senior guard Danny Savage led the Bulldogs with 16 points last week, including three three-pointers.

In the first quarter, the Chargers got an early lead and were up by as many as five points, but the Bulldogs were able to take the lead before the end of the first quarter, leading 16-14.

The second quarter yielded very equal play again and the Bulldogs went into the break up by one point. 30-29.

Neither team was able to put a large run together in the second half. The intensity was very high. The Bulldogs were led by as many as five points in the second half, but quickly lost the lead in the fourth quarter after a few turnovers.

With 30 seconds left on the clock, the Bulldogs trailed by three points. The Dogs needed a big shot to tie the score. They ran a play for senior Wes Lieser, who was able to get a shot off, missed, but was fouled beyond the three-point arch. Lieser received three free throws with only seven seconds left on the clock and sunk all three to tie the game at 55.

The Chargers called a time out after Lieser's third free throw to set up their last play. Driving the length of the court the Chargers were able to get a three-point shot off at the buzzer. To Paynesville's dismay, the shot went in as time expired, giving Dassel-Cokato a 58-55 victory.

The loss meant the Bulldogs' season was over. They finished with a record of 5-18. The Chargers were eliminated by New London-Spicer, which played Litchfield for the district title on Monday night.

Senior guard Danny Savage came off the bench to lead all scorers with 16 points. He made three three-pointers for the Bulldogs.

Lieser added 13, including two three-pointers. And sophomore Adam Kampsen added 10 points, with one three-pointer, for the Dogs.

The boys' basketball team will have their end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, March 24, at Northern Lights Dining and Lounge.

Paynesville--16 14 13 12 - 55
Dassel-Cokato--14 15 12 17 - 58

Dassel-Cokato 58 - Kurt Lahr 16; Eric Hanson 9; Andrew Ortquist 14; Andy Bohnsack 6; Jeremiah Linder 13; TOTALS: FG 16/37, FT 12/17, 3's 2.
Paynesville 55 - Wes Lieser 4-3/3-13; Andy Jones 2-0/0-4; Aaron Lang 3-0/0-6; Jonnie Schefers 0-1/2-1; Kevin Mehr 2-0/0-5; Adam Kampsen 3-3/4-10; Danny Savage 6-1/1-16; TOTALS: FG 20/43, FT 8/10, 3's 7.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Savage 3; Lieser 2; Kampsen 1; Mehr 1; Rebounds - 28 Jones 6; Lieser 6; Assists - 11; Steals - 8 Savage 2; Blocks - 0.

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