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Tigers fall to Dragons at Target Center

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta put up a good fight against No. 8 ranked Litchfield, but fell short 45-37 Saturday at the Target Center.

The Tigers led the entire first half and went into halftime with a slim 20-18 lead, but two three-pointers from Zach Whitchurch sparked a Litchfield rally midway through the second half that led to the Dragons' 10th win in a row.

"The Tigers, as they did against state ranked Montevideo earlier in the week, got off to a great start," explained coach Mark Torgerson. "In fact, they led almost the entire first half. Playing solid defense and getting the ball inside offensively, the Tigers led by as many as eight points in the first half.

"Playing 12 players equal time in the half, the Tigers showed depth and balance," added Torgerson. "Six different Tigers scored in the half with senior captains Sam Mattson and Riley Arndt leading the way with five first-half points."

The Dragons played nine players in the first half with six of them scoring at least two points.

"Litchfield switched to a tough zone defense for most of the second half and the Tigers had trouble scoring," explained Torgerson. "With the inside tough to penetrate the Tigers were forced to put up mostly perimeter jumpers and they weren't falling. Still, the game stayed close with both teams' defense controlling the flow of the game."

The Tigers managed just two three-point baskets in the second half by Jacob Torgerson and Logan Manska.

As a team, the Tigers shot just 3-for-16 from behind the arc at the spacious Target Center.

"Litch also got some key inside baskets inside by Mitch Wollin to stem off the Tiger comeback effort."

The Dragons shot 42 percent overall and were 3-for-8 from behind the arc. The Tigers shot just 36 percent overall.

The Dragons also had an edge at the free-throw line, making 10 of their 17 attempts. The Tigers were just 2-for-8 from the charity stripe.

The Tigers had a 25-22 rebounding advantage over Litchfield.

Riley Arndt was the only Tiger in double figures with 10 points with Austin Dierks chipping in eight along with 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Wollin was the only Dragon in double figures with 11, while Whitchurch added eight points.

"The bottom line for this game was the great experience the A, B, and C squads had playing on the same court that one night later would feature the Timberwolves and the Lakers," concluded Torgerson.

Litchfield 45

Morris/C-A 37

Morris/C-A 20 17 -- 37

Litchfield 18 27 -- 45

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 16-45 FG (3-16 3-pt); 2-8 FT; 29 rebounds; 15 fouls; Scoring: Sam Mattson 5, Riley Arndt 10, Tyler Henrichs 2, Lincoln Berget 2, Logan Manska 5, Jacob Torgerson 3, Chandler Erickson 2, Austin Dierks 8; 3-point shots: Torgerson 1, Mattson 1, Manska 1; Rebounds: Brody Bahr 2, Mattson 1, Arndt 4, Tom Holland 2, Tyler Henrichs 3, Berget 1, Manska 1, Daniel Nelson 1, Erickson 1, John Tiernan 2, Dierks 11; Assists: Erickson 5, Bahr 2, Anrdt 2, Holland 1, Henrichs 1; Steals: Mattson 1, Erickson 1

LITCHFIELD - 16-38 FG (3-8 3-pt); 10-17 FT; 25 rebounds; 10 fouls; Scoring: Zach Whitchurch 8, Trevor Park 1, Dylan Koll 3, Jon Terning 5, Tyler Larson 2, Zach Kinny 7, Joel Madsen 2, Riley Pater 6, Mitch Wollin 11; 3-point shots: Whitchurch 2, Kinny 1; Rebound leaders: Terning 5; Assist leaders: Kinny 7; Steal leaders: none