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Tigers suffer first home loss to Witt's Cardinals

MORRIS — The Alexandria Cardinals dealt Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta a second-straight defeat 72-50 Tuesday in the Tigers’ first loss at home this season.

The class 3A Cardinals, coached by former Tiger Forrest Witt, shot 55 percent for the game, including a 10-for-20 performance from three-point range.

The Tigers, now 15-5 on the season, will get a second chance to play No. 1-ranked Melrose on Thursday at home. Alexandria improved to 7-11 overall.

When the Tigers tried to shut down the outside shooting, Alex had an inside counter attack in 6-foot-8 center Logan Doyle. The Cards’ Division 1 recruit, that is headed to South Dakota State on a basketball scholarship, dropped in a game-high 22 points.

“The Tigers couldn't solve the Alexandria offensive weapons,” said coach Mark Torgerson. “The Tigers played the Cards even up through the game’s first seven minutes when the game was tied at 11 apiece. From there, however, the three-point shooting against the Tiger zone defense started to change the complexion of the game.

“The main zone buster for the Cards was sophomore guard David Krivanek, who connected on three threes and a pair of twos that built up a nice first-half lead for Alexandria.

“The hot shooting of the Cards forced the Tigers out of their zone defense and that's when Doyle and his teammates countered with an inside attack. The Tigers, meanwhile, were being frustrated by a physical man-to-man defense put on by Alexandria.”

The Tigers managed only 20 first-half points and went into the locker room at the half trailing 34-20. Austin Dierks ended the half with 10 of the Tigers’ 20 first-half points.

“The second half saw the Tiger offense with some momentum, but it was again thwarted from any hopes of a comeback by the shooting of the Cardinals. The Cards connected on five more three pointers in the second half to stall any rally by the home team.

“The balance of Alexandria also showed as five different players connected on three-point shots. John Vogeler hit a pair of threes in the second half and ended his night with 15 points.”

The Tigers had just Dierks in double figures by game’s end with 16 points. Three Tigers, Jacob Torgerson, Lincoln Berget, and Logan Manska finished with seven points apiece.

The Cardinals had a 31-21 edge on the boards, as well.

Logan Manska had a team-high seven assists for the Tigers, while Dierks led in rebounding with six, steals with three, and blocks with two.

Alexandria 72, Morris/C-A 50

Alexandria 34 38 — 72

Morris/C-A 20 30 — 50

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 23-55 FG (2-9 3-pt); 2-8 FT; 20 rebounds; 16 fouls; Scoring: Nic Vipond 6, Dillon McNally 2, Lincoln Berget 7, Logan Manska 7, Jacob Torgerson 7, Austin Dierks 16, John Tiernan 5; 3-point shots: Torgerson 1, Manska 1; Rebounds: Dierks 6, Berget 5, Vipond 4, Manska 3, Torgerson 1, Erickson 1; Assists: Manska 7, Tiernan 3, Vipond 2, Torgerson 2, Erickson 2, Tom Holland 1, Dierks 1, Marcus Cannon 1; Steals: Dierks 3, Torgerson 1, Erickson 1; Blocks: Dierks 2

ALEXANDRIA – 26-47 FG (10-20 3-pt); 10-16 FT; 31 rebounds; 13 fouls; Scoring: Kevin Setterstrom 6, Kris Setterstrom 1, Brandon Bistodeau 5, John Vogeler 15, Joe Gorghuber 3, David Krivanek 13, Logan Doyle 22, Chase Kohler 7; 3-point shots: Bistodeau 1, Ke. Setterstrom 2, Vogeler 3, Krivanek 3, Doyle 1; Rebound leaders: Doyle 14, Krivanek 8; Assist leaders: Krivanek 5; Steal leaders: none; Blocks: Doyle 3