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|Paynesville Press - December 22, 2004|
Bulldogs take second at Benson Tournament
The Bulldogs boys' basketball team placed second in the Benson Christmas Tournament over the weekend, defeating Hancock 56-30 on Friday night but losing to host Benson 79-65 in the championship on Saturday.|
The Dogs (2-4) got their second victory of the year against Hancock. The Dogs erased a four-point deficit by outscoring Hancock 19-5 in the second quarter, taking a 25-15 lead at the half. The Dogs extended that lead to 40-21 by holding Hancock to six points in the third quarter and won 56-30 after holding Hancock to nine points in the final frame.
"We got a strong game from all players," said coach Phil Carlson. "We got some great assists from Trent Hansen, Mark Andrie, and Mike Houske and solid defense from all."
Junior Derek Stanger scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Dogs split two games and took second at the Benson tourney.
For the game, the Bulldogs held Hancock to 12 field goals. The Dogs, meanwhile, made 22 shots from the field, including six treys.
Sophomores Cory Nietfeld (25 points) and Ben Moser (14 points) led the Dogs' offense. Each made two three-pointers for the Dogs. Nietfeld led the Dogs with 15 rebounds and made nearly as many field goals (11) as the entire Hancock team. Moser added 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.
Against Benson, on Saturday, the host Braves scored 46 points in the first half, paving the way for a 79-65 win and the tournament title.
"We need to convert and execute early in these games," said Carlson. "Free throws (nine for 22) would have helped a lot early on as we were in the bonus."
"We came with great intensity, and we are playing with more focus. We need to keep this up. The Braves are a strong area team, and they showed us why," added Carlson.
The Dogs played better in the second half, outscoring the Braves 35-33, but Benson's 46-30 halftime lead proved decisive.
Nietfeld led the Dogs again with 21 points and ten rebounds. Moser added 13 points and nine rebounds. Junior Derek Stanger nearly reached double digits in scoring with nine points.
The Dogs hosted Annandale on Tuesday in their last game before the holiday break. They will not play again until January.
Hancock 30 - Ben Hacker 4-0/0-8; Nick Giese 3-1/2-7; Tanner Gramm 2-0/0-5; Nate Holleman 1-3/6-5; Rick Foss 1-1/3-3; Ken Messner 1-0/0-2; TOTALS: FG 12, FT 5/11, 3's 1.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 6 Moser 2; Nietfeld 2; Andrie 1; Hansen 1; Rebounds - 45 Nietfeld 15; Moser 11; Stanger 6; Assists - 16 Hansen 4; Houske 4; Nietfeld 3; Steals - 17 Hansen 4; Nietfeld 3; Andrie 2; Braun 2; Houske 2; Moser 2; Stanger 2; Blocks - 9 Moser 5; Braun 2.
Benson 79 - Kyle Hilleren 11-2/5-24; Joey Fragodt 7-1/1-15; Adam Jensen 6-0/0-14; Brady Collins 3-0/0-6; Dan Fragodt 3-0/0-6; Tyler Guest 2-0/0-5; Aaron Hagen 2-0/0-5; Dan Ohmaht 1-0/0-2; Andrew Motsko 1-0/2-2; TOTALS: FG 36, FT 3/8, 3's 4.
STATISTICS: 3-pointers - 2 Benson 1; Moser 1; Rebounds - 41 Nietfeld 10; Moser 9; Braun 6; Stanger 6; Assists - 17 Hansen 5; Stanger 4; Nietfeld 3; Steals - 6 Nietfeld 3; Blocks - 3.
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