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|Paynesville Press - December 18, 2002|
Dogs win nail-biter at Cathedral
The Bulldogs played at St. Cloud Cathedral on Friday night and came home with a 53-49 overtime victory.|
The Dogs played an awful first half, but still clung to a one-point lead at halftime, 22-21. The Dogs then came out with a great deal of intensity in the second half, but so did the Crusaders.
With less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, senior guard Riley Flanders tied the game at 46-46 with a hoop on a pass from senior guard Kevin Mehr.
The Dogs then got a huge stop on defense and were able to take the final shot, but the Crusaders came up with a stop of their own and the Dogs were unable to get a shot off.
In overtime, senior guard Josh Teicher gave the Dogs the lead with a tough 15-foot jump shot over two Cathedral defenders. Cathedral then missed their shot at tying the game. The Bulldogs outscored Cathedral 7-3 in overtime, with Teicher scoring four points and Mehr icing the win with three free throws.
The Dogs had a very balanced attack, as eight players scored. Mehr led all scorers with 12 points. Teicher added 10, and Flanders had nine.
"We should have beaten them easily, but that shows what can happen if we don't play like we should. We were lucky to get out of there with a win, and now we just have to get ready for our next game," said Teicher.
The Dogs' next game is on Friday when they host Unity of Peace Academy of St. Paul.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Kampsen 2; Miller 1; Rebounds - Mehr 12; Kampsen 10; Virant 6; Assists - Mehr 4; Flanders 3; Steals - Teicher 5; Mehr 3; Price 2.
Annandale 73, Paynesville 56
The Dogs started out sluggish as the Cardinals claimed an early 14-2 lead. But the Dogs came storming back and trailed by only three points at halftime, thanks in part to junior post Adam Kampsen's 16 first-half points.
In the second half, the Cardinals used their size and speed and outplayed the Dogs to hold on for the win.
Kampsen finished with a career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs had ten three-pointers as a team.
Senior guard Kevin Mehr also had 10 boards along with 11 points and six assists. Senior post Eric Miller came off the bench and provided a much-needed spark in the first half. Miller finished with 12 points.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - Kampsen 6; Miller 2; Mehr 1; Teicher 1; Rebounds - Kampsen 10; Mehr 10; Assists - Mehr 6.
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