Both teams are picked to do well in the sub-section, and on Friday night everyone found out why.
The game went into double overtime with the Bulldogs coming out on top 57-54.
In the first quarter, both teams played excellent basketball, especially defen-sively. At the end of the quarter, the Wildcats were up by a point.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs heated up with Luc Trees and J.T. Koehn hitting three pointers. But the key was once again the Bulldogs tenacious defense only allowing the NL-S offense to score two points!
Paynesville went into half-time up by seven big points.
In the start of the third quarter, the Bulldogs had a lapse, but were able to fight back to regain a seven-point lead.
In the fourth quarter, NL-S point guard Bea Eid kept the Wildcats in the game by scoring 12 of his 24 points.
With only seconds left in regulation play, Josh Jones went to the line and made one of two free throws to tie the game. And it went to overtime.
The first overtime went along like most of the game. Each team had chances to put the game away but could not capitalize to do it. Paynesvilleís Ryan Hemingson and Brent Heinen were now fouled out along with NL-Sís Jeff Schmitz.
With 10 seconds left, Paynesville had the ball under the Wildcatsí basket. Trees dribbled all the way down the floor, attempted a lay up that missed and with one second remaining Jones scooped up the ball and scored to tie the game.
In the second overtime, Paynesville scored on the tip off and never looked back. Senior Eric Glenz, who was fighting an illness the whole game and two sprained ankles, showed a lot of guts coming in and making his presence shown by scoring one point, getting two crucial rebounds, and taking charge.
The game was one of the most exciting games to watch in a long time. An excellent win for the Bulldogs.
NL-S : 12 2 13 17 10 -54
PHS : 11 10 13 10 13 -57 2-OT
The Paynesville boyís basketball team traveled to Melrose for their first conference game of the season and also their first away game.
In the first quarter, Paynesville went behind and struggled on offense by turning the ball over.
The second quarter brought new life for the team and cut the Dutchmen lead from 12 at one time to only four points.
Paynesville just couldnít stop giving the ball away to the defense in the third quarter either. But with under 25 seconds left to go in the quarter, Josh Jones picked up a loose ball and gave the Melrose fans something to boo about with a monster dunk.
Even with the slight momentum change, Melrose kept on getting fast break lay-ups. Brent Heinen kept the Bulldogs in the game by making five three pointers and finished the night with 20 points.
Paynesville couldnít hang on to this one losing 61-50.
Melrose: 19 15 12 15 - 61
Paynesville: 11 19 10 10 -5 0
Paynesvilleís varsity and B squad will play at 6 p.m. in a holiday tournament on Thursday, Dec. 17, at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. They will face Kimball.
On Friday, Dec. 18, Paynesville and Maple Lake will face off at 8 p.m. in Paynesville.
On the final night of the tournament, Tuesday, Dec. 22, Paynesville and BBE will play at 6 p.m. at the Kimball Area High School.
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