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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Boys beat Melrose, a team with 20 wins

The margin of victory was ten as the MACA boys impressed on the basketball court Thursday (Feb. 12).
The orange and black assumed a 33-22 lead at halftime. The second half was a stalemate. The final horn sounded with the Tigers up 61-51 over the Dutchmen of Melrose, here. Fans can feel mighty encouraged by this victory. Melrose has 20 wins on the season against just four losses.
The Tigers upped their record to 13-9. In conference the going has been a little tougher as we sit at 6-8.
An important individual milestone was reached. The individual in the spotlight was Eric Staebler, who's typically atop the MACA scoring list. Ten minutes were left to play when Staebler connected on a ten-foot jump shot. These points put him at the 1,000 career points plateau. He has needed only 48 games to climb this far. He has a 21 PPG career stat. Against Melrose Thursday he produced a double-double: 26 points and 15 rebounds.
Our team field goal shooting numbers were 24 of 44. And in freethrows, nine of eleven. Jacob Zosel connected for a pair of 3's, while Staebler and Noah Grove each had one make from long range.
Zosel was the top assist producer with five while Andrew Goulet had four. Staebler had five steals and Zosel four. Here's the complete scoring list: Staebler 26, Zosel 15, Grove 9, Goulet 5, Sean Amundson 4 and Riley Biesterfeld 2.
Dillon Haider scored 16 to top Melrose's scoring list. Drake Meyer put in nine points. Then we have Cesar Cervantes with eight, Blake Gerads and Isaac Herkenhoff with six each, Colton Meyer with four and Anthony Welle with two. Haider was sharp with long-range shooting, making three 3's. Drake Meyer had one long-range make.
Drake topped Melrose's rebound list with six followed by Gerads with five. Haider had four assists. Herkenhoff, Drake Meyer and Gerads each had two steals.
Montevideo 72, Tigers 69
Eric Staebler seemed unstoppable as he put in 36 points. He also snared ten rebounds, but these pluses weren't enough to bring victory for the MACA boys on Tuesday, Feb. 10.
Playing in Thunder Hawk country of Montevideo, the orange and black got edged in the 72-69 final. Monte got its 12th win. Monte got lots of freethrow opportunities, 28, and had trouble capitalizing, making just 16, but they were able to tap other strengths.
Troy Diggins spurred Montevideo with his 17 points. Jimmy Haff was another cog for the victor with his 15 points. Isaac Douglas and Riley Emery each scored 11. Preston Herfurth put in nine points. Spencer Hildahl scored three followed by Adam Kilibarda, Bryce Maurice and Travis Breyer each with two.
Douglas and Diggins each made a '3'. Haff and Hildahl were co-leaders in rebounds, each with five, and Diggins had four. Herfurth dished out three assists. Haff and Maurice each had two steals.
The MACA data show Staebler and Noah Grove each made a three-pointer. Grove led in assists with six followed by Zosel with five. Andrew Goulet stole the ball three times. Staebler's 36 points really stands out on the orange and black scoring list. Grove put in eleven points. Goulet's total was seven. Sean Amundson added five points to the mix. Then came Zosel with four. Riley Biesterfeld, Jordan Arbach and C.J. Nagel each scored two.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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