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Tiger boys fall to long time rivals

Jacob Zosel puts up a three with Eric Staebler getting in position for the rebound against the Benson Braves on Saturday, Feb. 8 in Benson.1 / 2
Bryce Jergenson fights through a screen against rivalry team the Benson Braves Saturday night.2 / 2

The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta Tiger boys lost two conference matchups in boys basketball on Friday and Saturday night. Friday night was a physical loss to the Mainstreeters of Sauk Centre, and Saturday, an upsetting rivalry defeat in Benson.

Sauk Centre 64, Morris/C-A 53

Tigers battled with the physical and aggressive Sauk Centre Mainstreeters on Friday, Feb. 7.

“It was our most physical contest of the year,” said head coach Mark Torgerson. That Sauk Centre won 64-53, marking the Tigers’ second loss to the Streeters this season.

The Tigers were only able to make 13 field goals on 31 percent shooting from the field in the match up. Sauk Centre was called for 27 fouls, and the Tigers shot 33 free throws, making 25 of them, a key stat that ultimately kept the Tigers in the game.

The Tigers turned the ball over 20 times, which the Streeters were able to capitalize and score on to help them take the victory over the Tigers and stay in first place in the West Central Conference.

Sauk Centre 37 27 — 64

Morris/C-A 23 30 — 53

SAUK CENTRE – No statistics available

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 13-42 FG (2-9 3-pt); 25-33 FT; 24 rebounds; 19 fouls; Scoring: Bryce Jergenson 7, Jordan Arbach 2, Noah Grove 18, Andrew Goulet 4, Nathan Anderson 2, Eric Staebler 20; 3-point shots: Grove 2; Rebound leaders: Staebler 11; Assist leaders: Riley Biesterfeld 3, Jergenson 2; Steal leaders: Jergenson 2, Arbach 2

Benson 58, Morris/C-A 45

The rivalry game on Saturday, Feb. 8 in Benson was a tail of two halves. The Braves won the important second half, taking the game, as they ousted the Tigers 58-45.

In the first half, the Tiger defense held the Braves’ key players, Jacob Goff and Aaron Arndt, scoreless. The game was fairly even through the first 12 minutes of play, the Tigers were able to gain a lead and scored the final six points of the half, going into the locker room ahead of Benson 30-17.

Out of the half, the Benson defense centered its attention to shut down the Tigers’ key players, Noah Grove and Eric Staebler. That defensive adjustment worked as the Tigers went completely cold from the field, holding Staebler scoreless in the second half and Grove ending the game with just four points. The Braves outscored the Tigers 41-15 in the second half to take the victory 58-45.

Jacob Zosel and Bryce Jergenson led the Tigers on the scoreboard with 15 and 13 respective points in the losing effort.

Morris/C-A 30 15 — 45

Benson 17 41 — 58

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 17-45 FG (3-15 3-pt); 8-11 FT; 16 rebounds; 14 fouls; Scoring: Noah Grove 4, Bryce Jergenson 13, Jacob Zosel 15, Nathan Anderson 6, Eric Staebler 7; 3-point shots: Zosel 3; Rebound leaders: Staebler 9; Assist leaders: Grove 2, Jergenson 2; Steals leaders: Anderson 3

BENSON – 22-44 FG (5-12 3-pt); 9-12 FT; 30 rebounds; 15 fouls; Scoring: Alex Forsberg 9, Zach Maurer 3, Aaron Ahrndt 16, Ryan Hampton 5, Zach Jensen 2, Jacob Goff 21, Logan Flegel 2; 3-point shots: Forsberg 1, Maurer 1, Ahrndt 3; Rebound leaders: Jensen 7, Hampton 5, Ahrndt 5; Assist leaders: Forsberg 4, Christian Larson 3; Steals leaders: Ahrndt 4

After being on the road for the past four games, the Tigers are coming back to their home court, hosting Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City on Thursday, Feb. 13. Tip off for B-squad and C-squad is a 6:00 p.m. with varsity to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Brooke Kern

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