Morris Area/Chokio-Alberrta clinched second place in West Central Conference South boys' basketball with a 54-47 win at BOLD on Thursday. The game was rescheduled from Tuesday's snowstorm.
The Tigers finished their conference schedule 9-3, behind only Montevideo. The Thunder Hawks finished to 11-1 in the conference and 19-5 overall.
Overall, the Tigers are 15-9 on the season and have earned the No. 2 seed in the Section 6AA South Tournament.
The Tigers will host Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Tiger gym. If the Tigers come out on top they will face the winner of Benson (No. 3 seed) and St. John's Prep (No. 6 seed) on Saturday, March 10. Game time on Saturday would be 3:30 at St. John's University.
No. 1 Litchfield will host No. 8 Paynesville while New London-Spicer (No. 4 seed) will host Minnewaska (No. 5 seed). Those winners would play the first game at St. Johns at 2 pm.
"The Tigers played a very solid defensive game to finish their conference tilt," said Torgerson. "Even with senior guard Trent Athmann of BOLD collecting his 1,000th point late in the game, the Tiger defense held the other BOLD players in check. No other Warrior player reached double figures."
Athmann led the Warriors with 25 points. He entered the game needing 24 to reach 1,000 points.
"The Tigers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, running an efficient offense that led to some easy inside baskets," added Torgerson. "BOLD would rally and most of the first half was a tightly contested game.
"The Tigers started going cold from the field midway through the first half, but their defense allowed them to stay close in the game," explained Torgerson. "Junior guard Logan Manska scored nine of his game-high 21 points in the first half, which saw seven different Tiger players scoring."
The game was tied 23-23 at the half, although the Tigers missed an opportunity to be ahead by shooting just 5-for-13 from the free-throw line.
"The Tiger offense started getting on track in the second half with good movement and more patient shooting," said Torgerson. "The Tigers, who enjoyed a height advantage inside, started getting the ball inside to their posts. Austin Dierks scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half, most of those coming in the paint. Dierks also helped the Tigers dominate the boards as he collected a game-high 14 rebounds.
"The Tigers built their lead to as many as 12 points in the final five minutes of the game," said Torgerson. "BOLD tried to rally and got as close as six points, but the Tigers prevailed with some clutch baskets and free throws down the stretch. Manska had 13 second-half points to match Dierks' total.
"The Tiger defense managed to force 17 BOLD turnovers in the contest. With that came 11 steals, four from Chandler Erickson and three from Brody Bahr."
The Tigers finished the night shooting 44 percent to BOLD's 39 percent. The Tigers managed just a 1-for-10 shooting performance from behind the arc.
Morris/C-A 23 31 -- 54
BOLD 23 24 -- 47
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 21-48 FG (1-10 3-pt); 11-22 FT; 33 rebounds; 11 fouls; Scoring: Brody Bahr 4, Riley Arndt 5, Lincoln Berget 4, Logan Manska 21, Jacob Torgerson 4, Chandler Erickson 2, Austin Dierks 14; 3-point shots: Manska 1; Rebounds: Dierks 14, Arndt 6, Bahr 3, Tyler Henrichs 3, Berget 3, Erickson 2, Tom Holland 1, Torgerson 1; Assists: Erickson 4, Bahr 4, Manska 2, Torgerson 2, Berget 1, Dierks 1; Steals: Erickson 4, Bahr 3, Dierks 2, Berget 1, Torgerson 1
BOLD - 19-49 FG (4-15 3-pt); 5-15 FT; 28 rebounds; 18 fouls; Scoring: Zach Remillard 8, Kyle Athmann 25, Jake Marcus 5, Tyler Rock 2, Trent Athmann 2, Tyler Slagter 2, Michael Schulte 3; 3-point shots: K.Athmann 4; Rebound leaders: K.Athmann 10; Assist leaders: K.Athmann 1, Rock 1, T.Athmann 1, Marcus 1; Steal leaders: K.Athmann 3