The MACA boys stayed busy during the holidays with an appearance in the St. James Invite. The Tigers achieved their first win of the season. This came Saturday (12/28) in the third place game, by a score of 54-42 over Springfield.
On the day before, the Tigers were stopped in an 80-52 final by Rockford. Coach Mark Torgerson's squad aims to spring into the new year with a feeling of momentum.
Noah Grove poured in 21 points in the Saturday success vs. Springfield. Eric Staebler achieved a double-double with 12 points and 18 rebounds.
The big story of this game was the Tigers' second half comeback. They might have been downcast at halftime, trailing 25-14. They were actually quite undaunted. They sprang onto the court to outscore Springfield 40-17 in the second half.
The Tigers made a fourth of their three-point shot tries: four of 16. Grove had three of those successes and Jacob Zosel the other. In total field goals the Tigers made 20 of 62 shots. The freethrow numbers: 10 of 14.
Staebler vacuumed the boards for 18 rebounds. Bryce Jergenson added five rebounds, and he was the assist leader with three. Andrew Goulet performed three steals.
Here's the scoring list: Grove 21, Staebler 12, Zosel 11, Jordan Arbach 4, Goulet 4 and Jergenson 2. Tyler Vogel was Springfield's top scorer with 15 points.
The 12/27 story: loss to Rockford
Eric Staebler's 22 points weren't enough to help the Tigers keep pace on Friday, Dec. 27. Staebler also picked up six rebounds.
The outcome seemed pretty sealed at halftime with the score 44-28. Brock Deering was a major force for Rockford with his 29 points. Jeremiah Bingham scored 13 points and Brandon Schumacher 12.
Rockford made four 3-pointers while MACA had two such successes. Jacob Zosel and Staebler made the MACA long-rangers. The Tigers were 16 of 40 in total field goals. In freethrows: 14 of 23.
Staebler dominated the Tigers' scoring. Noah Grove came through with ten points on this night. Zosel's point total was eight. Jordan Arbach scored four, followed by these Tigers each with two: Trent Wulf, Bryce Jergenson, Andrew Goulet and Joey Dufault.
Staebler and Goulet led in rebounds with six and five, respectively. Grove and Zosel each dished out four assists.
The Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys will play at home on Friday, Dec. 3, vs. Milbank SD.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com