Boys basketball: Two conference games go into lost column

This article submitted by Josh Jones and Ryan Hemingson on 1/27/98.

The Paynesville Bulldog boyís basketball team traveled to Litchfield on Friday, Jan. 23, to take on the Dragons.

The Bulldogs knew they were going to have to play an outstanding game to be able to defeat the Dragons which are undefeated in the conference. Litchfield has a 13-2 record. The Bulldogs played a tough game but lost 45-41.

Litchfield: 11 12 13 9 -45
Paynesville: 8 13 7 13 -41

Sauk Centre
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Paynesville Bulldog boyís basketball team traveled to Sauk Centre to take on the Mainstreeters.

The Mainstreeters had been rated as high as tenth in Class AA. Their main scoring threat is Aaron Wills. The Bulldogs thought if they could stop Wills, the rest of the Streetersí offense would not be a threat. With this in mind, Paynesville decided to play a man-to-man defense in an attempt to stop Wills who was averaging 19 points a game.

One of the big differences in the game was that Sauk Centre shot 37 free throws.

Paynesville: 10 19 16 9 -54
Sauk Centre: 11 15 17 21 -64

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