Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta made six three pointers in the first half to build up a 40-22 lead at halftime and hold on for a 61-39 win over Minnewaska Area Tuesday at home.
The Tigers improve to 10-1 in the West Central Conference and 15-3 overall.
“The Tigers perhaps played their best game of the season as they up ended their arch rival, the Minnewaska Area Lakers, by a final score of 61-39,” said coach Mark Torgerson. “After the Lakers took a 6-2 lead to start the game, it was all Tigers from there. The Tigers doubled up the Lakers at 16-8 midway through the first half and then went on a scoring spree that delighted the home fans. Logan Manska hit a trio of three pointers and Jacob Torgerson connected on a pair of threes to break the game open against the Laker zone defense.
“The Tiger defense continued to stiffen and when Chandler Erickson got a steal with 1.5 seconds to go and banked in a long three at the buzzer, the Tigers enjoyed a 40-22 lead as they headed into the locker room at halftime.”
Manska finished the half with 13 points to lead the way, but Austin Dierks also had a big first half with 10 points. The Lakers had balanced scoring in the first half, but no player had more than five first-half points.
“The second half saw the Lakers changing to a man-to-man defense and the Tigers changed their game plan to get the ball inside against the smaller Lakers,” explained Torgerson. “A patient offense by the Tigers would eventually build the lead to over 20 points as the balance of the Tiger offense was too much. John Tiernan and Dierks with a pair of inside baskets and a pair of driving layups by guard Chandler Erickson gave the Tigers all the cushion they would need.
“The last four minutes of the game belonged to the Tiger bench and they held their own in giving the Tigers a comfortable win. Marcus Cannon and Beau Keimig would finish off the scoring for the Tigers.
“The Tigers shot a blistering 52 percent for the game and were 6-for-14 from behind the arc. Manska finished with a game-high 16 points, while Dierks added 14. Nine Tigers would score in this contest."
The Lakers had just one player in double figures, forward Austin Ostrander, who finished with 12 points. Austin Giese was next on the scoring list with six points.
The Tigers outrebounded the Lakers by a 28-20 margin with Lincoln Berget and Erickson both gathering six boards. Dierks had five rebounds and led his squad with two steals and two blocked shots. Erickson had a team-high seven assists with Torgerson adding four assists. The Tigers turned the ball over only eight times.
“Next up is a match up with No. 1 ranked Melrose on the road this Friday night. Game time is pushed up to B & C games starting at 5 p.m. with the varsity contest at 6:30 p.m."
Morris/CA 61, Minnewaska 39
Minnewaska 22 17 — 39
Morris/C-A 40 21 — 61
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 25-48 FG (6-14 3-pt); 5-9 FT; 28 rebounds; 11 fouls; Scoring: Beau Keimig 2, Nic Vipond 4, Lincoln Berget 1, Logan Manska 16, Jacob Torgerson 6, Austin Dierks 14, Chandler Erickson 9, John Tiernan 7, Marcus Cannon 2; 3-point shots: Torgerson 2, Erickson 1, Manska 3; Rebounds: Erickson 6, Berget 6, Dierks 5, Dillon McNally 4, Tiernan 3, Vipond 1, Manska 1, Torgerson 1, Cannon 1; Assists: Erickson 7, Torgerson 4, Vipond 2, Tom Holland 2, Dierks 2, Bryce Jergenson 1, Berget 1, Manska 1; Steals: Berget 2, Dierks 2, Aaron Goulet 1, Holland 1, Torgerson 1, Erickson 1, Cannon 1
MINNEWASKA – 16-42 FG (3-8 3-pt); 4-6 FT; 20 rebounds; 11 fouls; Scoring: Austin Lieser 4, Jake Amundson 5, Austin Giese 6, Austin Ostrander 12, Cory Johnshoy 2, Kenny Diaz 1, Jayden Beecher 4, Isaiah Adams 4, Alex Elwood 1; 3-point shots: Amundson 1, Ostrander 2; Rebound leaders: none; Assist leaders: Ostrander 5; Steal leaders: Beecher 2, Lieser 2