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Paynesville Press - December 13, 2006

Dogs edge BBE,
tame Cubs for 2-0 start

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Bulldogs boys' basketball team edged BBE 65-62 on the road on Thursday to start their season with two wins.

Nathan Nietfeld The Dogs, who beat Kimball in their season opener 58-48 last week, led BBE by four points at the half 39-35 before opening a double-digit lead in the second half. The Dogs, however, missed a string of free throws late in the game to allow BBE to rally.

For the game, the Dogs made only 13 of 28 free throws (46 percent), while BBE scored three more points at the line in the same number of chances.

Sophomore Nathan Nietfeld led the Bulldogs with eight assists in their season-opening 58-48 win over Kimball last week, and he scored 15 points, including 10 points in the second half, in their 65-62 win over BBE.

The Dogs, though, outscored BBE by 15 points from beyond the three-point arc, making eight treys to only three for the Jaguars.

Senior forward Cory Nietfeld led the Dogs with 19 points (including 13 in the first half), 15 rebounds, five assists, and five steals.

Sophomore forward Nathan Nietfeld added 15 points, including 10 points in the second half. He made two three-pointers, as did junior Colin Spooner (eight points) and sophomore Mitchell Marlow (six points). Sophomore Shane Kampsen and Cory Nietfeld both made one three-pointer for the Dogs.

"We have won two close games and are seeing tough defense from our opponents," said head coach Phil Carlson. "We are looking for more consistent ball movement and court awareness from all the players, and I am confident that you will see a stronger team each night as our players keep working together day in and day out."

"A big key to both Ws was solid bench play as our Bench-Dogs came out and contributed on offense and defense to make runs and get it done all over the court," added Carlson.

This week, the Dogs (2-0) will host Albany on Thursday for their first game in the West Central Conference North.

The Dogs will also travel to Benson for the holiday tournament on Friday, Dec. 15, and Saturday, Dec. 16. On Friday, the Dogs will play host Benson around 7:30 p.m., following the opening game between MACCRAY and Hancock. The third-place game will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. with the championship game following around 7:30 p.m.

Paynesville--39 26 - 65
BBE--35 27 - 62

Paynesville 65 - Cory Nietfeld 7-4/8-19; Nathan Nietfeld 6-1/5-15; Colin Spooner 3-0/0-8; Mitchell Marlow 2-0/2-6; Alex Svejkovsky 1-4/6-6; Shane Kampsen 2-0/0-5; Ted Hoffman 1-2/2-4; Elliott Wall 0-2/3-2; Ben Moser 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 22, FT 13/28, 3's 8.

BBE 62 - Jared McCleary 6-5/9-17; Mike Rodgers 4-4/5-14; Jackson Illies 3-2/2-8; Isaac Anderson 1-3/4-7; Josh Roelike 3-0/3-6; Alex Thompson 1-0/2-3; Dustin Gruber 1-0/0-3; Jordan Beier 1-0/0-2; Steve Gruber 0-2/3-2; TOTALS: FG 21, FT 16/28, 3's 4.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 8 Marlow 2; Nathan Nietfeld 2; Spooner 2; Kampsen 1; Cory Nietfeld 1; Rebounds - 42 Cory Nietfeld 15; Svejkovsky 8; Marlow 6; Nathan Nietfeld 6; Wall 5; Assists - 18 Cory Nietfeld 5; Nathan Nietfeld 4; Svejkovsky 3; Steals - 13 Cory Nietfeld 5; Hoffman 3; Blocks - 3.

Paynesville 58, Kimball 48
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team withstood a second-half rally by the Kimball Cubs to win their season opener 58-48 on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Paynesville.

The Dogs built a 30-23 lead in the first half and still led 41-36 when Kimball used a 8-0 scoring run, including three quick scores, to take a 44-41 lead with eight and a half minutes to play.

The Dogs held Kimball scoreless for the next four minutes as they retook the lead. Senior Cory Nietfeld immediately hit a 15-foot jumper to cut Kimball's lead to 44-43. Then, with six and a half minutes to play, sophomore Mitch Marlow made a three-pointer, which hit on the front rim and rolled in, to give the Dogs a 46-44 lead.

This was the start of a 17-4 run to end the game, giving the Dogs a 58-48 nonconference victory. Kimball hit the last of their five three-pointers to get within 50-47, but that was the closest the Cubs would get.

Nietfeld scored seven points in this run, including a hanging bank shot with two minute to play, giving the Dogs a 52-47 lead. After that, junior post Alex Svejkovsky scored the only two field goals for the Dogs.

The Dogs made only two of eight free throws in the final minute of the game, but they got three offensive rebounds and allowed Kimball to score only one point.

In the first half, the Dogs made four three-pointers to take a 30-23 halftime lead. The game was actually tied at 15-15 before the Dogs ended the half with a 15-8 run.

Nietfeld led the Dogs with 24 points and 15 rebounds. He also had five steals and three assists.

Marlow came off the bench to score 11 points, including three treys. He also had four assists.

Sophomore Nathan Nietfeld led the Dogs with eight assists.

Kimball--23 25 - 48
Paynesville--30 28 - 58

Kimball 48 - Adam Magnuson 5-1/2-12; Zak Kuseske 3-2/2-8; Jeff Hunt 3-0/0-7; Logan Looman 2-2/2-7; Karl Hunt 2-0/1-6; Jeff Miller 3-0/0-6; Scott Stenger 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 19, FT 5/7, 3's 5.

Paynesville 58 - Cory Nietfeld 8-8/12-24; Mitchell Marlow 3-2/4-11; Alex Svejkovsky 4-0/2-8; Ted Hoffman 1-2/2-5; Nathan Nietfeld 2-0/0-5; Colin Spooner 1-0/0-3; Elliott Wall 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 20, FT 12/20, 3's 6.

STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 6 Marlow 3; Hoffman 1; Nathan Nietfeld 1; Spooner 1; Rebounds - 29 Cory Nietfeld 15; Nathan Nietfeld 6; Assists - 22 Nathan Nietfeld 8; Marlow 4; Cory Nietfeld 3; Steals - 11 Cory Nietfeld 5; Spooner 2; Blocks - 4.

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