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Tiger boys still undefeated in West Central Conference

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The Tigers got past Yellow Medicine East with a 43-point first half, defeating the Sting 77-45.

"The Tiger defense forced 30 Sting turnovers and jumped out of the gates with a big lead and never looked back," said coach Mark Torgerson. "After YME scored the first hoop of the game on a three-point basket, the Tigers went on a 25-0 run to take control of the game early against a young YME squad. The Sting, who started three sophomores and two juniors, couldn't handle the Tiger defensive pressure. The turnovers led to a huge night of transition baskets for the Tiger squad. The Tiger defense racked up a season-high 20 steals in the game and shot a blistering 54 percent from the field.

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"Lincoln Berget had his biggest game of the season, collecting 16 points and a team-high nine rebounds," said Torgerson. "Throw in four steals, two assists, and a blocked shot for the senior post who was the recipient of many fine passes inside from his teammates."

Berget scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half. Five of Berget's nine rebounds were on the offensive end that led to second chance scoring plays.

All the Tiger starters got into the scoring act in the first half as the Tigers had a 43-20 lead at the break. Ten of the 13 players who dressed saw action in the first half.

"Guard Logan Manska also had a double-digit first half with 10 points," added Torgerson. "Throw in a trio of three pointers by the Tigers' Jacob Torgerson, Chandler Erickson, and Nic Vipond that produced the best offensive half of the season.

"The second half was all about the Tigers not having a let down and they did a good job of making sure the Sting would not get back in this game," explained Torgerson. "Balanced scoring was again a key as Austin Dierks scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second half. Tiger forward Nic Vipond responded with seven more points to finish the night with 10 points that gave the Tigers four players in double figures.

"The Tiger lead built to as much as 36 points and so the Tiger reserves got plenty of action the last five minutes of play. At the end of the night, 11 Tigers would get into the scoring column."

Blake Lindstrom led the Sting with 13 points.

Morris/C-A 60

Benson 48

Benson 31 17 -- 48

Morris/C-A 26 34 -- 60

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 22-51 FG (5-17 3-pt); 11-20 FT; 31 rebounds; 19 fouls; Scoring: Tom Holland 2, Tyler Henrichs 4, Lincoln Berget 3, Logan Manska 7, Jacob Torgerson 10, Austin Dierks 20, Chandler Erickson 12, Jon Tiernan 2; 3-point shots: Torgerson 3, Erickson 2; Rebounds: Dierks 16, Nic Vipond 4, Henrichs 1, Berget 4, Manska 1, Torgerson 1, Erickson 3, Tiernan 1; Assists: Torgerson 4, Erickson 4, Henrichs 2, Berget 2, Vipond 1, Holland 1; Steals: Holland 2, Torgerson 1, Erickson 1

BENSON - 16-38 FG (7-17 3-pt); 9-19 FT; 22 rebounds; 18 fouls; Scoring: Daniel Lee 11, Aaron Ahrndt 5, Eric Lagge 1, Colin Ose 10, Matthew Ahrndt 20, Hayden Lee 1; 3-point shots: D. Lee 2, Ose 1, M. Ahrndt 4; Rebound leaders: Ose 4; Assist leaders: A. Ahrndt 3; Steal leaders: D. Lee 3

Morris/C-A 77

YME 45

Morris/C-A 43 34 -- 77

YME 20 25 -- 45

MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 28-52 FG (3-10 3-pt); 18-26 FT; 19 rebounds; 10 fouls; Scoring: Beau Keimig 3, Nic Vipond 10, Aaron Goulet 1, Dillon McNally 2, Tom Holland 4, Lincoln Berget 16, Logan Manska 14, Jacob Torgerson 3, Austin Dierks 17, Chandler Erickson 5, Marcus Cannon 2; 3-point shots: Torgerson 1, Erickson 1, Vipond 1; Rebounds: Berget 7, Dierks 4, Vipond 2, Keimig 1, McNally 1, Holland 1, Cannon 1; Assists: Holland 2, Erickson 2, Torgerson 4, Dierks 2, Erickson 4, Bryce Jergenson 1, Vipond 1, John Tiernan 1; Steals: Erickson 5, Berget 4, Manska 4, Dierks 4, Holland 3

YELLOW MEDICINE EAST - 18-35 FG (4-9 3-pt); 5-6 FT; 24 rebounds; 18 fouls; Scoring: Austin Vikander 5, Blake Lindstrom 13, Chase Richter 8, Nate Anderson 2, Jordan Zens 3, Tyson Velde 6, Jacob Pederson 2, Logan DeBlieck 6; 3-point shots: Lindstrom 3, Zens 1; Rebound leaders: DeBlieck 6; Assist leaders: Vikander 2, Lindstrom 2; Steal leaders: Vikander 1, Zens 1

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