Paynesville was led by Grant Bowden and Mike Stalboerger, each scoring 15 points. Josh Williams also scored eight points off the bench for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs started off hot with an early lead and were up 16-11 at the end of the first quarter, thanks to two three pointers by Stalboerger.
In the second quarter, Bowden and Stalboerger combined scored 11 of the 17 Paynesville points.
However, Eric Spanier kept the Dutchmen close by hitting two three pointers of his own. One of them was from about 25 feet out. At the half, Paynesville was up 33-24.
Again, the third quarter proved to be a defensive quarter for both teams. Melrose scored 11 as the Bulldogs were held to 10 points. Bowden and Ross Jenniges each had four in the third. Paynesville was up eight at the end of the third 43-35.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs scored 19, with Williams scoring 6. Clutch free throw shooting also helped Paynesville pull away late in the game.
The Bulldogs offense looked better than it had all year with better pass movement. The Bulldogs also kept their turnovers lower, which were key factors in the Bulldog's victory.
With this victory, Paynesville's record is 4-10, with their first conference victory all season. This was also their first win since Christmas.
Paynesville:16 -17-10 -19 - 62
Melrose: 11-13-11-13 - 48
The Bulldogs lost their seventh straight game to LPGE, 63-58 on Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Paynesville, falling to 3-10 in the season.
This was the second time the teams met this season. The first game the Thunder won 100-76 at LPGE. In that game Brian Hartwig scored 35 points as the Thunder went on to win.
For the second meeting in Paynesville, the Bulldogs played a much better game, LPGE Thunder losing by five.
Paynesville was led by Mike Stalboerger with 17 points. Grant Bowden and Ross Jenniges each scored 12 for the Bulldogs. Jenniges also had seven rebounds.
In the second quarter, David Hemmesch hit a big three-pointer that helped the Bulldogs stay close at the half. Paynesville was down 32-26 at half time.
The third quarter was a defensive one. Paynesville only scored seven points; three came on another Hemmesch three pointer, and LPGE was held to just 12. Despite the good defense the Bulldogs played, they found themselves down 11 at the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth, Bowden led the charge for the Bulldogs, scoring all 12 of his points in that quarter. However, Hartwig also had a big quarter scoring 10 of his points in the fourth.
Down the stretch Paynesville just didn't have enough to win the game. Nate Grove for LPGE sealed the victory with a dunk on a fast break late in the game.
After this game, Paynesville still remained with less in the WCC north conference.
LPGE: 10-9-14-14 - 47
Paynesville: 28-20-17 -23 - 88
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