|Noah Grove goes in for a layup vs. Ortonville. (B.W. photos)|
|Bryce Jergenson advances the ball for MACA.|
James Nitz and Jacob Hamann were a 1-2 punch for the Ortonville Trojans Saturday (12/14). That was bad news for our Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers.
The MACA boys hosted Ortonville and hoped this night would bring victory No. 1 of the season. Instead it was Ortonville showing the winning flair. Nitz scored 23 points and Hamann put in 22. Ortonville downed the Tigers 65-58.
Ortonville sports a winning record thus far. Meanwhile the Tigers are falling into a hole, and they came out of Saturday at 0-6.
The Saturday game actually had a fair amount of excitement for MACA fans. They saw their team surge after getting down early. Ortonville shot out in front 16-3, delighting the Ortonville fans including Jon Fellows, son of the late Don Fellows, MAHS counselor.
MACA surged to actually take the lead early in the second half. The Tigers couldn't keep pace with a hot freethrow shooting hand displayed by the Trojans. Freethrows were a weapon helping the Trojans achieve their win No. 4 of the season. The Trojans made 22 of 28 attempts from the line. They were only one of eight in 3-pointers with Noah Kottke having the success.
Ortonville made 21 of 44 total field goal attempts.
Nitz and Hamann were followed in scoring by Kottke with nine, Riley Thompson with six and Britton Conroy with five.
Nitz and Thompson finished with nine and eight rebounds, respectively. Thompson blocked three shots.
The Tigers outdid Ortonville in 3's, making six of 14 shots from that distance. Eric Staebler had three of the long-range makes and he was followed by Noah Grove with two and Jacob Zosel with one. In freethrows the Tigers made six of seven.
Eric Staebler and Noah Grove topped the MACA scoring list with 17 and 16 points, respectively. Zosel put in seven points followed by Jordan Arbach with six and Ian Howden with four. These four Tigers each scored two points: Bryce Jergenson, Riley Biesterfeld, Andrew Goulet and Nic Solvie. The Tigers made 23 of 57 field goal attempts.
Staebler led in rebounds with nine while Grove collected five. Grove led in assists with four followed by Howden and Jergenson each with three. Howden picked up three steals and Staebler had two blocked shots.
The MAHS band concert Monday evening was terrific. The only thing that puzzled me was why the rhythm section was positioned so far from the other instrumentalists for the first portion of the concert. It seemed the two groups were a little out of sync with each other. The choice of those "Peanuts" tunes was terrific, though.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org