The game was fairly close through the early stages. Coach Mark Torgerson's boys took care of that with a 20-3 run. They could cruise the rest of the way en route to a 68-47 win. It was win No. 5 for the orange and black crew, against one loss.
Coach Torgerson liked the balanced nature of the Tigers' scoring. For the first time this season, the stat report showed four players in double figures. We very nearly had five, as Robert Rohloff put in nine points. It was another day at the office for Eric Staebler whose point output was 17. Lukus Manska put in 13 points, Sean Amundson had eleven and Jacob Zosel ten. Philip Anderson added six points to the mix while Taylor Carrington had two. Manska made all but one of his seven field goal tries.
The Tigers were 0-for-2 in three-point shooting. We led 34-23 at halftime. The defense won a high grade, as Milbank was held below 50 points. Staebler worked the boards for eleven rebounds to lead in that category. Sean Amundson collected seven rebounds, and Rohloff and Manska each had four. Anderson and Ryan Dietz each grabbed a rebound.
Zosel was the top assist producer with seven, followed by Amundson (4), Staebler (4), Dietz (2) and Rohloff (2). Manska stole the ball twice. These Tigers each had one steal: Rohloff, Ryan Bowman, Anderson, Amundson and Staebler.
Senior center Staebler is making inroads with his career stats. Staebler came out of the Milbank game with 1280 career points. This puts him at No. 6 in the history of the program. He won't stay at No. 6 for long. He's set to vault past an old classmate of mine, Gary Lembcke. Kevin Loge sits atop the list with 1938 points.
In rebounds too, Staebler has been a long-time force. He had 704 career rebounds coming out of Saturday. That number put him at dead-even with Brett Winkelman. Loge is the top career rebounder too with 846.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - email@example.com