The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys' basketball team extended its winning streak to six at the St. James Tournament Thursday before suffering its second loss of the season in overtime Friday.
Logan Manska was named to the five-man all-tournament team after contributing two fine performances for the Tigers.
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The Tigers opened up the St. James Holiday Tournament with a 60-40 win over Belle Plaine. Later that night, Rockford was a 70-63 winner over host St. James.
"The game was a very rough, physical match up between the two teams that share the mascot of Tigers," said coach Mark Torgerson. "It was again the Tiger defense that forced 22 Belle Plaine turnovers that was probably the key to the win."
The Tigers of Belle Plaine jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but the MACA Tigers answered and never looked back.
"Using a hot shooting performance from (Logan) Manska and (Jacob) Torgerson the Tigers got a lead they would never lose against the taller Belle Plaine team," explained Torgerson.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta led 31-21 at the half.
"The MACA Tigers continued to use a half court trapping defense to frustrate Belle Plaine in the second half," added Torgerson. "The Tigers held a double-digit lead most of the way and ended cruising to a 20-point win.
"Although MACA turned the ball over 13 times, they forced 23 from their opponent in helping them keep their lead.
"Free throws down the stretch sealed the win as MACA went 14-for-21 for the game.
Manska had a trio of treys on the way to scoring 17 points to lead the Tigers.
Torgerson added 13 points. He made a pair of three-pointers as the Tigers were 6-of-12 at the arc.
"Tyler Henrichs sparked the Tigers off the bench with seven points, while leading scorer Austin Dierks also chipped in seven points on a night he was in foul trouble.
"Chandler Erickson had another solid game from the point with a team leading five assists and three steals. Lincoln Berget led the Tigers on the boards with five rebounds. John Tiernan had another solid game off the bench with four points and four rebounds."
The Tigers lost to the Rockford Rockets 55-48 in overtime in the finals of the St. James Holiday Tournament Friday.
"Cold shooting and a scrappy Rockford team were the difference in the contest," explained Torgerson.
The Tigers shot only 33 percent from the field against the Rockets.
"More of a contributing factor was their three-point shooting performance, which was only 4-for-23 or 17 percent," added Torgerson.
"Still, despite their shooting woes, the Tigers had their chances to win," continued Torgerson. "The two teams played the first half at a brisk pace and the game stayed tight for the entire half. Neither team could pull away as defenses dictated the pace and the game was tied at 25-25 at the end of the half.
"The Rockets played a zone defense most of the half and it looked like the Tigers were finally getting on pace as Logan Manska hit a pair of threes and Tyler Henrichs chipped in another three-pointer to threaten. But, as it turned out, the Tigers would only hit one more three pointer the rest of the game and that kept the Rockets in the game.
"Austin Dierks also got busy inside with a 10-point first-half performance.
"The second half saw more of the same as the game stayed tight," continued Torgerson. "The Tigers were forced to take mostly perimeter shots and because of their cold shooting the game stayed close. Dierks was able to get loose inside with another nine points in the half, but no other Tiger could find the shooting range.
"Guard Jacob Torgerson hit the Tigers' only three-pointer of the half, but that came early. The Tigers stayed close with the help of their defense against a balanced attack by the Rockets. The Tigers built their biggest lead of the game, a five-point lead, midway through the half, but the Rockets used a pair of three pointers to eventually pull even.
"The Tigers had a two-point lead and the ball with just over three minutes to play. The Rockets chose to stay back in their zone defense and the Tigers were willing to be patient on the offensive end. The problem was the Tigers missed a couple of point blank shots and the game was tied at 45-45 with a minute to go. The Tigers would take a shot with just under 30 seconds to go that rimmed off and that allowed the Rockets to play for the final shot in regulation. The shot went in and out at the buzzer and the two teams would go to overtime.
In the overtime the Rockets got the first basket and never looked back.
Tiger post Nic Vipoind got the Tigers' only three points in the extra frame and the Rockets made most of their free throws to seal the win.
For the game, the Rockets made 19 of their 25 free throws, which proved to be the difference. MACA made only six of their 12 attempts.
Dierks finished as the only Tiger in double figures with 19 points. Manska added nine points while Tyler Henrichs continued to contribute off the bench with seven points.
The Rockets were led by Brock Deering's 16 points and Jordan Redepenning's 11 points. Both Rockets were named to the all-tournament team.
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Belle Plaine 21 19 -- 40
Morris/C-A 31 29 -- 60
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 20-43 FG (6-12 3-pt); 14-21 FT; 23 rebounds; 18 fouls; Scoring: Nic Vipond 5, Tom Holland 2, Tyler Henrichs 7, Lincoln Berget 3, Logan Manska 17, Jake Torgerson 13, Austin Dierks 7, Chandler Erickson 2, Jon Tiernan 4; 3-point shots: Torgerson 2, Henrichs 1, Manska 3; Rebounds: Bryce Jergenson 1, Vipond 1, Henrichs 1, Berget 5, Manska 3, Torgerson 4, Dierks 7, Tiernan 4; Assists: Jergenson 1, Vipond 1, Henrichs 2, Berget 2, Torgerson 2, Erickson 5, Tiernan 1; Steals: Holland 1, Henrichs 2, Berget 1, Manska 2, Dierks 1, Erickson 3, Tiernan 2
BELLE PLAINE - 15-49 FG (1-8 3-pt); 9-14 FT; 20 rebounds; 21 fouls; Scoring: Colton Hentges 2, Jack Winders 5, Sam Karl 2, Alex Koepp 7, Jake Meger 9, Zach Oestreich 13, Luke Narveson 2; 3-point shots: Meger 1; Rebound leaders: Oestreich 6
Rockford 25 20 10 -- 55
Morris/C-A 25 20 3 -- 48
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 19-51 FG (4-19 3-pt); 6-12 FT; 30 rebounds; 15 fouls; Scoring: Nic Vipond 6, Tyler Henrichs 7, Lincoln Berget 2, Logan Manska 9, Jake Torgerson 3, Austin Dierks 19, Chandler Erickson 2; 3-point shots: Torgerson 1, Henrichs 1, Manska 2; Rebounds: Vipond 1, Tom Holland 1, Henrichs 4, Berget 5, Torgerson 4, Dierks 8, Erickson 5, JonTiernan 2; Assists: Vipond 1, Holland 1, Henrichs 1, Berget 1, Manska 1, Torgerson 5, Dierks 2, Erickson 2, Tiernan 1; Steals: Berget 1, Manska 2, Torgerson 1, Dierks 1, Erickson 1