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Arnold scores 1,000th point in Benson win

Lincoln Arnold scored the 1,000th point of his career to help Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta defeat Benson 89-52 in a West Central Conference South boys' basketball game on Saturday.

The Tigers improved to 11-0 in the conference and 16-0 overall. The Braves fell to 5-5 and 10-8.

Coach Mark Torgerson was pleased that the Tigers essentially salted away what could have been an overlooked game.

"We really got off to a great start," he said, referring to the Tigers opening up a 25-point lead early in the first half and never letting it slip. "I felt like it would have been easy to have a let-down between our big win over (Montevideo on Thursday) and the New London-Spicer game... Benson's been scoring a lot of points lately, but we came out right away and played well."

Arnold, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, becomes the eighth boy from Morris to hit the 1,000-point mark. He entered the game with 978 points and scored his 1,000th on a layup with six minutes remaining in the game. The game was stopped and he was presented with the game ball. Arnold was removed from the game after that basket, finishing with 22 points.

Arnold hit 10 of his 11 shots and made two free throws. He reached the milestone with a put-back basket with about seven minutes to play.

"He played as close to a perfect game as you could get," Torgerson said.

And so did just about everyone else wearing black and orange. The Tigers shot 55 percent from the field, and 13 of 16 players scored. Four players reached double figures.

In addition to Arnold's 22 points, Alex Erickson scored 17 points and had eight assists, Cory Hennen scored 14 and Jackson Henrich had 10 points and four blocked shots. Corey Nohl and Eric Riley led the team with five rebounds apiece.

"That's why we don't have anybody among (the area scoring leaders)," Torgerson said. "They all distribute the ball so well." Jeff Berens led Benson with 10 points.