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Paynesville Press - December 12, 2001

Big quarter leads Chargers past Dogs

By Andy Jones

Rebound The second quarter cost the Bulldogs in their home opener against the Chargers of Dassel-Cokato on Friday night. The Chargers outscored the Bulldogs 25-14 in the second quarter and won by that same margin, 71-60.

Paynesville tried putting full court pressure on the Chargers in the second quarter, but Dassel-Cokato did a good job of breaking the press and scoring easy baskets.

Senior Aaron Lang (34) fights for a rebound with DC's Eric Hanson. Looking on are Andy Jones, Wes Lieser, and Milan Virant.

The Chargers had a halftime lead of 36-25, which they increased to 16 in the third quarter. The Bulldogs rallied to cut the lead back to 11 after the third quarter and cut it to six with two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, but were unable to get any closer.

The Chargers jumped to an early 9-2 advantage in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied to tie the score at 11-11 after eight minutes. The Chargers took the lead for good in the second quarter.

Senior captain Wes Lieser led the way for the Bulldogs, scoring 17 points, including three three-point shots. Senior Andrew Jones added 14 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore Adam Kampsen had 11 points.

Dassel-Cokato--11 25 20 15 - 71
Paynesville--11 14 20 15 - 60

Dassel-Cokato 71 - Kurt Lahr 22; Jeremiah Linder 18; Eric Hanson 10; Noah Lee 9; Andy Bohnsack 6; Andrew Ortquist 6; TOTALS: FG 26, FT 16-24, 3's 3.
Paynesville 60 - Wes Lieser 17; Andy Jones 14; Adam Kampsen 11; Danny Savage 8; Aaron Lang 6; Jonnie Schefers 2; Kevin Mehr 2; TOTALS: FG 21, FT 15-27, 3's 3.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Lieser 3; Rebounds - Jones 11; Assists - Lieser 4; Steals - Savage 4.

LPGE 77, Paynesville 63
The Bulldogs' first game of the season was on the road against the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder on Monday, Dec. 3. The Bulldogs were looking for an upset but came up short.

In the first half, the Thunder took it to the Bulldogs, scoring 44 points to Paynesville's 24. The Thunder extended their lead to 30 in the third quarter.

The Bulldogs refused to give up and scored 30 points in the fourth quarter to cut the final deficit to only 14.

Kampsen led the Dogs with 20 points. Lieser added 14.

The Bulldogs played at Annandale on Tuesday. They will play at Kimball on Thursday and at home on Friday night against Litchfield, the top-rated Class AA team in the state.

Paynesville--10 14 9 30 - 60
LPGE--21 23 19 14 - 77

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