MACA was able to play at Paynesville Tuesday night despite what seemed to be a worsening weather situation. I wasn't sure if games were going to be played that night. It appears they all got played. And that was good news for the MACA boys, because they downed the Bulldogs.
Eric Staebler and Noah Grove again made special contributions. Staebler was a force with his 17 points and 14 rebounds. And Grove came through with 13 points that included three 3-pointers.
The Tigers achieved their fifth win of the season, score of 67-53. Coach Mark Torgerson's squad was up 33-27 at halftime.
Grove had all but one of the team's three-pointers. Staebler had the other, as MACA put up team numbers of four-for-ten. In total field goals the Tigers made 27 of 53. And from the freethrow line: nine of 15.
Staebler's 14 rebounds were followed by three Tigers each with four: Bryce Jergenson, CJ Nagel and Nathan Anderson. In scoring, Staebler with his 17 points and Grove with 13 were followed by: Anderson (10), Jergenson (9), Jacob Zosel (7), Riley Biesterfeld (6), Andrew Goulet (2), Nagel (2) and Jordan Arbach (1).
The Tigers outscored Paynesville 34-26 in the second half.
Paynesville tried lots of three-pointers with limited success: six makes in 23 tries. Mitchell Weidner made four of those. Andrew Topp made the other two, and this Bulldog led in rebounds with ten.
Topp was the top Bulldog scorer with 16 points, followed by Weidner with 14. Jordan Roos dished out four assists.
If there was any doubt about the direction the weather was taking, it was clear on Wednesday when the word "blizzard" would have applied. The Tigers got home Tuesday night before the turn for the worst. I felt it was prudent for everyone to just stay home Tuesday night. But I'm old and cautious.
Right now as I'm typing this - early afternoon on Thursday - it's colder than all get-out.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - email@example.com