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|Paynesville Press - December 15, 2004|
Dogs fall at Melrose, Maple Lake
Conference-favorite Melrose cruised to a 50-25 first-half lead and defeated the Bulldogs boys' basketball team 80-46 on Friday night in Melrose.|
Melrose, a conference co-champ last year, scored 25 points in both the first and second quarters. The Dutchmen got balanced scoring with ten players scoring.
The Dogs were led by sophomores Ben Moser (20 points and eight rebounds) and Cory Nietfeld (15 points, nine rebounds, four steals, and four assists). Moser made two three-pointers and also grabbed five offensive rebounds, scoring three put-back baskets. Nietfeld made nine of ten free throws for the Dogs.
Junior Aaron Braun added eight points for the Dogs, who played without an injured starter, junior Derek Stanger.
This was the first conference game for the Dogs (1-3) this season.
"They were the more aggressive team all night long," said coach Phil Carlson of Melrose. "We will bounce back from this and get better as a result."
This week, the Dogs will play at a varsity-only tournament at Benson on Friday and Saturday nights. The Dogs will play Hancock on Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday, they will either play at 6 p.m. (if they lose on Friday) or at 8 p.m. (if they win on Friday). Other teams in the tournament are Benson and MACCRAY.
Next week, the Dogs will host Annandale on Tuesday, Dec. 21, in their last game before the holiday break.
Melrose 80 - Jimmy Gieske 8-2/2-18; Matt Moorman 7-2/2-16; Michael Bueckers 5-2/2-12; Shawn Meyer 3-0/0-7; Jeron Van Drehle 3-1/2-7; James Kosen 3-1/2-7; Issac Barten 2-0/0-5; Luke Woeste 2-0/0-4; Ryan Hiltner 1-0/4-2; Seth Gieske 1-0/0-2; Peter Herkenhoff 0-0/2-0; TOTALS: FG 35, FT 8/16, 3's 2.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Moser 2; Rebounds - 30 Nietfeld 9; Moser 8; Andrie 6; Braun 6; Assists - 14 Nietfeld 4; Trent Hansen 3; Steals - 6 Nietfeld 4; Blocks - 3 Nietfeld 2.
Maple Lake 66, Dogs 53
"Each quarter was closely played," said Carlson. "We battled well on the boards on offense and defense, and our free throws improved. Some costly turnovers in the second half hurt us and helped them extend their lead."
The Dogs grabbed 40 rebounds, including 15 offensive boards. They scored six put-back baskets, led by Nietfeld with three and Braun with two.
Nietfeld led the Dogs with 17 points, 12 rebounds, five blocked shots, four assists, and four steals. Moser added 15 points, with junior Mark Andrie scoring eight, Braun seven, and Stanger six.
Maple Lake 66 - Travis Nording 6-2/3-14; Jared Holt 2-6/6-10; Bryan Puncochar 4-1/2-10; Doug Marencamp 4-2/6-10; Tim Paumen 3-1/3-8; Paul Latner 2-4/5-8; Kyle Smith 2-0/0-4; Lee Pribyl 0-2/2-2; TOTALS: FG 23, FT 18/27, 3's 2.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 4 Andrie 2; Moser 2; Rebounds - 40 Nietfeld 12; Braun 8; Moser 7; Andrie 5; Assists - 13 Nietfeld 5; Hansen 3; Steals - 15 Andrie 4; Nietfeld 4; Braun 2; Hansen 2; Houske 2; Blocks - 8 Nietfeld 5; Moser 2.
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