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Tiger boys take WCCS lead

Morris Area took over first place in West Central Conference South boys' basketball with a 49-48 victory in Montevideo Thursday. The Tigers are 8-2 in the conference and 12-3 overall. The Thunder Hawks and the Paynesville Bulldogs are half a game behind at 7-2.

Montevideo led for most of the game with a 27-17 halftime advantage, before the Tigers rallied late in the second half. Cory Hennen's mid-range jumper tied the game with under a minute remaining. Then, Lincoln Arnold put the Tigers up one with a free throw.

In the final seconds of the game, Arnold was called for a foul, sending Thunder Hawk Brett Bergeson to the line for three with a chance to take the lead or tie it up. Bergeson hit his first shot, but missed the other two, preserving the Tiger win.

"It was a tough call," said Mark Torgerson. But, after the final free throw, Corey Nohl came up with the loose ball and the game was over.

"We had a tough time getting our offense going," said Torgerson. "We were able to step our defense in the second half to slow them down."

Hennen and Chris Scott led the scoring attack with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Also scoring were Jackson Henrich with eight, Arnold with seven, Tyler Meichsner with five, and Corey Nohl and Josh Love with two apiece.

Henrich grabbed five boards and Corey Nohl had four rebounds.

Meichsner dished out five assists.

Arnold had a team-high four steals.