The win gave head coach Steve Little his first victory as a varsity head coach.
The Bulldogs jumped to an early lead and kept it the entire game. The Bulldogs had an eight-point lead in the second quarter when a Kimball player got a technical foul. After that it seemed that the Cubs completely lost their composure.
J.T. Koehn took it to the Cubs and led the Dogs with 13 points. Koehn sank 11 of his points from the charity stripe.
After scoring 12 points in each of the first three quarters, Paynesville held on to win by scoring 20 points in the final quarter by hitting some free throws and grabbing rebounds.
Coach Little said, "Our subs played great. Most teams lose their edge when they take out the starters but we stayed at the same level of play."
The Bulldogs' junior varsity squad also pulled out a victory of 49-37. Coach Mark Kleinbaum said Milan Virant played "like an animal" helping to ensure victory. The ninth grade team also won in overtime 39-32.
Sauk Centre 63
On Thursday night, the Bulldogs traveled to Sauk Centre to take on the Mainstreeters.
The Bulldogs got behind early, trailing 13-5 after the first period, struggled to catch up, and lost their conference opener 63-41.
J.T. Koehn and Wes Lieser both had 11 points, but numerous turnovers cost the Bulldogs the game.
Sauk Centre made a lot of valuable shots and put points on the board when they needed to. They never stopped taking it to the Bulldogs.
Sauk Centre led by 11 at half time (28-17) and kept their lead around ten points until late in the fourth quarter, when they buried the Dogs with free throws.
The junior varsity lost by a score of 48-24. The ninth grade team also lost 40-29.
The Bulldogs played Annandale at home on Tuesday. They will be playing the Thunder of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle at home on Friday night.
They also will be playing at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Tuesday, Dec. 19.
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