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Tigers win last home contest

Riley Biesterfeld makes a pass inside in the win over Breckenridge last Saturday night.

The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers won a big ballgame this past Saturday night as they defeated a talented Breckenridge Cowboy team by a final score of 64 - 55.

The Cowboys came into the game playing their best basketball of the season as they had won six or their past seven games, including an upset win over Pelican Rapids the night prior.

The Tigers, who were scheduled to play A-C-GC on Thursday night until a snowstorm postponed the contest, hadn't played a game for an entire week. The Tigers, perhaps, put their best game together as they won their eighth game of the season against 14 losses.

Tiger sophomore center Eric Staebler scored 23 points and junior guard Noah Grove added 22 points as the Tigers finished off the prep doubleheader on a Saturday night with a satisfying win.

The Tiger defense held Breck to 55 points for the game, which was important as the Cowboys had scored 84 in their win in Pelican Rapids.

Another great first half for the Tigers as they held the Cowboys to just 17 points, leading 29-17 into the break. Staebler connected for 14 points and Grove added eight in the first half to keep the Tigers in front most of the way.

Out of the break, Breckenridge turned it up a notch, slowly make the Tigers double digit lead disappear. The comeback and momentum for Breck hit a high when they tied the game at 40 - all midway through the second half.

The Tigers, to their credit, weren't to be denied as they had learned their lesson a week before when they gave up a big lead in a loss to rival Benson.

Grove gave the Tigers the lead as he connected off a Staeber pick for an old fashioned three point play to put the Tigers back in front–this time for good.

Junior center Nathan Anderson played a big part down the stretch as he scored all eight of his points in the second half. The Tigers iced the game with free throws in the final minutes.

For the game, the Tigers shot 53 percent on 24 of 45 shooting. The 17 team assists showed how well the Tigers played as a team with Grove leading the way with five assists. Staebler had another double - double as he added 10 rebounds to his 23 points.

The Tigers have two road games this week, both important subsection match ups. On Tuesday, the Tigers travel to Minnewaska, and then Eden Valley-Watkins on Friday night for a rescheduled matchup against the Eagles.

Morris/C-A 64, Breckenridge 55

Breckenridge (9-12)............17 38 — 55

Morris/CA (8-14).................29 35 — 64

BRECKENRIDGE – 22-52 FG (3-12 3-pt); 8-11 FT; rebounds n/a; 23 fouls; Scoring: Nate Blaufuss 5, Connor Yaggie 6, Blaze Smith 12, Zarek Reiff 2, Ashton Hegge 2, Nate Lorenz 16, Jordan Christensen 12; 3-point shots: Blaufuss 1, Smith 1, Christensen 1

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 24-45 FG (3-8 3-pt); 13-24 FT; 28 rebounds; 12 fouls; Scoring: Noah Grove 22, Bryce Jergenson 7, Jacob Zosel 1, Andrew Goulet 3, Nathan Anderson 8, Eric Staebler 23; 3-point shots: Grove 2, Staebler 1; Rebound leaders: Staebler 10, Grove 6; Assist leaders: Grove 5, Anderson 4; Steal leaders: Staebler 3

Brooke Kern

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