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Paynesville Press - December 8, 2004

Dogs survive Kimball comeback

By Michael Jacobson

A strong start propelled the Bulldogs boys' basketball team to their first victory over Kimball last week, but the Dogs had to withstand a second-half rally to beat the Cubs 48-45.

After building a 35-18 lead in the first half, the Dogs scored only two points in the third quarter, allowing Kimball to cut the lead to 37-28 to start the fourth quarter and then scored the first six points of the final quarter to cut Paynesville's lead to three.

boys shooting Sophomore Cory Nietfeld made a coast-to-coast layup and then he hit junior Aaron Braun for a fastbreak layup and he hit junior Derek Stanger who made a 15-foot jumper. Junior Mark Andrie added a hoop to give the Dogs a 45-37 lead with three minutes to play.

Sophomore Ben Moser made three three-pointers in the first quarter and two free throws with three seconds as the Dogs beat Kimball 48-45 on Thursday.

Paynesville still led 45-39 with 90 seconds to play when Kimball made a three-pointer. Nietfeld made a free throw with 40 seconds to play to give the Dogs a four-point lead, but Kimball hit another three-pointer to cut the Dogs lead to one with seven seconds to play.

After the Dogs missed two free throws - they made only seven of 18 free throws, including three of 12 in the final quarter - Kimball got the ball back with four seconds to play. But the Cubs' length-of-the-court inbound attempt hit the curtain in the ceiling, turning the ball back to the Dogs. Sophomore Ben Moser hit two free throws with three seconds left to seal the win.

"We had a strong first half and came out cold offensively in the third quarter," said coach Phil Carlson. "We stayed aggressive on defense and got to the free throw line like we wanted as they started to foul us. We need to knock down the free throws in crunch time to seal the games when we can win. Ben Moser did it tonight."

Moser led the Dogs' offense in the first quarter, making three three-pointers in the first eight minutes. The Dogs led 21-6 in the first quarter, but Kimball scored the final five points, including a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Andrie added two three-pointers in the first half for the Dogs, but Kimball made five three-pointers of their own in the second half.

Moser led the Dogs with 14 points, followed by Andrie with 12, and Stanger with 10. Nietfeld had nine points, 12 rebounds, five steals, five assists, and three blocks.

This week, the Dogs (1-1) played at Maple Lake on Tuesday. The Dogs will play their first conference game on Friday night at Melrose.

Kimball--11 7 10 17 - 45
Paynesville--21 14 2 11 - 48

Kimball 45 - Jeff Hunt 5-0/0-11; Aaron Roseman 3-2/2-10; Brett Capes 4-0/0-9; Matt Dingmann 2-0/0-6; Dustin Wills 1-3/4-5; Derek Kunkel 2-0/0-4; TOTALS: FG 17, FT 5/6, 3's 6.

Paynesville 48 - Ben Moser 4-3/4-14; Mark Andrie 5-0/1-12; Derek Stanger 4-2/7-10; Cory Nietfeld 4-1/2-9; Aaron Braun 1-1/4-3; Trent Hansen 0-0/0-0; TOTALS: FG 18/52, FT 7/18, 3's 5.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 5 Moser 3; Andrie 2; Rebounds - 34 Nietfeld 12; Andrie 7; Stanger 7; Moser 5; Assists - 13 Nietfeld 5; Andrie 4; Steals - 11 Nietfeld 5; Hansen 2; Stanger 2; Blocks - 5 Nietfeld 3.

BBE 69, Paynesville 38
BBE held the Dogs to four first-half field goals, building a 38-13 halftime lead, and defeated the Dogs 69-38 in their season opener in Belgrade on Monday, Nov. 29.

"BBE came out very quick and aggressive with a veteran team," said Carlson. "We were a bit 'shell shocked' at first. They did a number on us, but to our credit we kept battling as we know we will continue to improve."

The Dogs played better in the second half, scoring 25 points (to 31 for BBE), making 12 field goals.

Nietfeld and Stanger led the Dogs with 11 points each.

Paynesville--6 7 13 12 - 38
BBE--19 19 15 16 - 69

Paynesville 38 - Cory Nietfeld 4-2/2-11; Derek Stanger 5-1/2-11; Ben Moser 3-0/0-6; Aaron Braun 2-0/3-4; Mark Andrie 1-0/0-3; A.J. Benson 1-0/0-2; Mike Houske 0-1/2-1; TOTALS: FG 16/52, FT 4/9, 3's 2.

BBE 69 - Steve Hurst 9-2/3-21; Justin Montbriand 4-6/8-15; Jordan Weller 4-2/2-11; Robbie Leukam 2-3/8-7; David Jackson 3-1/2-7; Darren Braegelmann 2-1/2-5; Jordan Schwinghammer 1-0/0-2; Spencer Otteson 0-1/4-1 ; TOTALS: FG 25, FT 16/29, 3's 3.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Andrie 1; Nietfeld 1; Rebounds - 38 Nietfeld 12; Stanger 9; Moser 7; Braun 6; Assists - 10 Moser 4; Nietfeld 3; Steals - 5 Braun 3; Blocks - 7 Nietfeld 4; Braun 2.

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