Boys basketball: Split games in opening week

This article submitted by Josh Jones and Ryan Hemingson on 12/9/97.

The Paynesville Bulldog boy's basketball team lost to a very tough Long Prairie-Grey Eagle team on Friday evening

The Bulldogs seemed to have the jitters, playing their first home game of the season in front a large cheerful crowd.

Even though the team members were psyched and anxious to play, they couldn't stop the Thunder, who didn't seem to miss a single basket.

The first three points of the game were scored by the Thunder. Ross Jenniges answered with the next four points for Paynesville. The rest of the first quarter seemed to go downhill with senior Andy Laumeyer hitting four three's for LPGE. By the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs were behind 24 to 12.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs held Laumeyer to only three points but didn't stop two others from shooting the lights out. The big men for Paynesville did stop the Thunder's inside game. This was a challenge because three of the five starters for LPGE were 6'5'' or taller.

Nothing the defense tried could stop the outside shooters for LPGE. The Bulldogs played man-to-man defense and zone defense, neither of which seemed to work. At half time the Bulldogs were behind 43 to 22.

After half time the boys played better defense, holding the Thunder to only 11 points in the third quarter.

After a few minutes into the fourth quarter, subs were put in to finish out the tough game in which everyone played their hearts out.

LPGE 24 19 11 11 - 65
Paynesville 12 10 2 11 - 35


Kimball
On Dec. 2, the Bulldogs traveled to Kimball to take on the Cubs. This was the first game of the season for the Bulldogs. Everyone was very excited, but also a little nervous.

In the first half, everything didn't go as planned for the Bulldogs and they found themselves down by seven points at the end of the first half. The whole team knew they didn't play as well as they could and had to step it up a notch if they wanted to win.

So with this in mind, the Bulldogs came out onto the court a whole new team. They were getting more rebounds and diving on the floor for every loose ball. Most importantly, they were playing as a team. Everyone was patient on offense and hard working on defense.

The team really worked hard for the victory. This was a great way for the team to start off the season.

Kimball 14 26 11 17 - 68
Paynesville 16 17 16 26 - 75

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