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Eric Staebler comes down with a rebound in the first half on Friday, Jan. 3. The Tigers won their second straight in a 57-47 mauling over visiting Milbank. For more photos, check out the Jan. 11 issue of the MST.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers hosted Milbank on Friday, Jan. 3. The Tigers were coming off a 54-42 win over Springfield and feeling the confidence as they hit their home court, outshooting Milbank in the first half and taking a second win in a row 57-47.

The opening seven minutes was a low scoring game as it was tied 7-all with just over 10 minutes left in the first  half. The Tigers called a timeout to fire things up a bit and it worked. Coming out of the timeout, the Tigers went on a 10-2 run over the next four minutes of play, forcing a Laker timeout. The Tiger run continued until their lead grew to double digits with just over four minutes to play in the half. The Lakers cut the lead to nine at one point, but Jordan Arbach got fouled and sank his free throws at 1:50 to increase the Tiger lead 26-15. After the made free throws by Arbach, Milbank turnovers and Tiger boards helped hold the 11 point lead before Arbach, again, found the basket with seconds left, finishing out the first half 28-15.

Noah Grove hit double digit scoring with 10 and was the leading scorer in the first half, followed by Eric Staebler with eight and and Arbach with seven.

The Tigers maintained a 10 point lead in the opening four minutes of the second half, but Milbank wasn’t ready to give up just yet. Milbank outscored the Tigers 32-29 in the second half, cutting the lead to six  at one point in the half, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers went on to take the their second victory of the season 57-47.

Staebler was dominant again with 20 points,14 rebounds, and two steals.

Grove ended the game with 17 points, including two threes.

Jacob Zosel hit double digits with 10 points, his only miss of the night was a single free throw. Zosel also had five assists in the win.

Arbach had a breakout game with seven points, including a three pointer in the first half.

Andrew Goulet had two steals and CJ Nagel grabbed five rebounds for the Tigers.

The Tigers host the Minnewaska Lakers on Tuesday, Jan. 7 in hopes for a three-peat victory.

Morris/C-A 57, Milbank 47

Morris/C-A 28 29 — 57

Milbank 15 32— 47

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 19-45 FG (4-8 3-pt); 15-20 FT; 30 rebounds; 13 fouls; Scoring: Bryce Jergenson 2, Riley Biesterfeld 1, Jordan Arbach 7, Jacob Zosel 10, Noah Grove 17, Eric Staebler 20; 3-point shots: Arbach 1, Zosel 1, Grove 2; Rebound leaders: Staebler 14, C.J. Nagel 5; Assist leaders: Zosel 5; Steal leaders: Goulet 2, Staebler 2

MILBANK – No statistics available

Brooke Kern

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