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Defensive win for Tiger boys over BOLD

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys’ basketball team split games last weekend on the road with a conference win over BOLD on Friday, Jan. 31, and falling to West Central Area on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Tigers are now 7-12 overall with five games left of the regular season before playoffs begin.

Morris/C-A 67, BOLD 51

The Tigers started out their weekend last week with a 67-51 win over the BOLD Warriors on Friday night.

The offense was there for both teams for most of the night, but the Tiger defense stepped it up in the second half to upend the Warriors on their home court.

Once again, Tiger sophomore center, Eric Staebler, had a huge game with 29 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way, but, as has been the pattern in some of the recent success for MA/C-A, Staebler got plenty of help. Noah Grove connected for 13 points, Bryce Jergenson tallied nine points and Nathan Anderson added eight points to provide good balance for the Tigers.

The first half was tight the whole way through with multiple lead changes. Grove hit his only three pointer of the first half with seconds left to give the Tigers a 30-28 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

The second half saw the Tigers make a little offensive adjustment by putting Staebler outside on the perimeter to help spread the defense. Once spread, the Tigers executed their offense with more efficiency and that allowed them to take the lead for good.

The Tigers shot 50 percent from the field, even though they were just 2-13 from behind the arc. The Tigers were also 7-7 from the free throw stripe. Behind Staebler's 14 rebounds was Grove with 6 defensive rebounds. Freshmen point guard Jacob Zosel dished out a team high seven assists off the bench.

Grove added five assists with Bryce Jergenson also dishing out four assists in the game. The 23 team assists for the Tigers was a key stat in the game.

BOLD was led in scoring by junior forward Nick Kubesh with 18 points.

Morris/C-A 30 37 — 67

BOLD 28 23 — 51

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 29-58 FG (2-13 3-pt); 7-7 FT; 34 rebounds; 9 fouls; Scoring: Noah Grove 13, Ian Howden 4, Bryce Jergenson 9, Jacob Zosel 2, Andrew Goulet 2, Nathan Anderson 8, Eric Staebler 29; 3-point shots: Staebler 1, Grove 1; Rebound leaders: Grove 6, Zosel 6, Staebler 13; Assist leaders: Grove 5, Zosel 6; Steal leaders: Jergenson 2, Zosel 2

BOLD – 22-53 FG (6-19 3-pt); 1-1 FT; 25 rebounds; 10 fouls; Scoring: Ethan Weis 11, Austin Weis 4, Trent Athmann 4, Nick Kubesh 16, Brad Wolff 8, Tyler Lothert 6, Austin Tersteeg 2; 3-point shots: Kubesh 4, Lothert 2; Rebound leaders: Kubesh 6; Assist leaders: Athmann 3; Steal leaders: Wolff 3

West Central Area 61, Morris/C-A 55

The Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers came up short last Saturday night, as they lost to a determined West Central Area Knight team by a final score of 61-55.

It was a back-to-back night for both teams, but it was the Knights who seemed to have more energy as they outplayed the Tigers to win by six.

The Tigers, now 7 - 12 on the year, shot just 39 percent for the game and were just 4-22 from behind the arc.

The Knights used the outside game of Hunter Pfingsten and Dakotah Kashmark along with the inside presence of Jay Zimmerman to take down the Tigers. Zimmerman had a team high 20 points, with Pfingsten and Kashmark adding 15 and 14, respectively. Those 3 accounted for 49 of their team's 61 points in the game.

The Tigers got another strong effort from their 1-2 punch of Staebler and Grove, but unlike their Friday night victory in BOLD, they didn't get the balance needed to win.

The first half was even in the opening 10 minutes of play, but West Central built a 10 point lead with just under five minutes to go in the half. The Tigers fought back to within four, trailing 33-29 into the locker room. Grove and Staebler accounted for 25 of the 29 first half points for the Tigers. Zimmerman scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half.

The Tiger offense struggled in the second half as their shooting percentage fell. The Knights got a big spark off the bench from Pfingsten as he scored 11 second half points, including a couple of clutch three pointers. The Tigers had their chances, but shot after shot failed to connect said coach Mark Torgerson.

West Central Area 33 28—61

Morris/C-A 29 26—55

WEST CENTRAL AREA– no stats available

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 24-62 FG (4-21 3-pt); 3-9 FT; 26 rebounds; 19 fouls; Scoring: Bryce Jergenson 1, Jacob Zosel 4, Noah Grove 19, Nathan Anderson 6, Eric Staebler 25; 3-point shots: Grove 3, Staebler 1; Rebound leaders: Staebler 14; Assist leaders: Zosel 5; Steal leaders: Zosel 3, Grove 2, Andrew Goulet 2

The next games for the Tigers are conference games in Sauk Centre on Friday, Feb. 7 and in Benson on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The Tigers next game will be Friday, Feb. 7 in Sauk Centre before traveling to Benson to take on the Braves on Saturday, Feb. 8. A home game against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Breckenridge on Saturday, Feb. 15 will wrap up the Tigers next week of play.

Brooke Kern

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