Three players scored in double figures for Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta and the Tigers remained unbeaten at home by outlasting Lac qui Parle Valley 55-43 Saturday in an inter-West Central Conference game.
The Tigers improved to 14-3 overall and are now 7-0 on their home court.
“It was a workman like contest as the Tigers led the entire way, but the Eagles hung around long enough to keep it interesting,” explained coach Mark Torgerson. “The Tigers had only five players score in the contest, a bit unusual for this season. The five players who did tally points all scored eight or more to provide plenty of balance in the win.
“Defensively, the Tigers came into the game with a plan to stop the Eagles’ fine guard, Dylan Erickson. The Tigers started the game in a box-and-one defense with special attention on Erickson. The strategy seemed to work as the Tigers jumped out to an early lead while they held Erickson in check. In fact, in the first half, Erickson managed just three points on two shots attempted.
“Offensively, Austin Dierks scored 10 of his points in the first half and reserve post John Tiernan added six more points inside and the Tigers took a 25-17 lead into halftime.
“With the Eagles switching into a zone defense in the second half, the Tigers had to resort to more of a perimeter game and that's when the Tiger guards got into action. Logan Manska and Chandler Erickson each connected on three-point baskets to help stretch the defense. Then, Tiger forward Nic Vipond started getting loose inside as he delivered eight second-half points to keep the Tigers ahead by double digits.”
The Tigers held the Eagles' Erickson to just eight points. The Eagles did get 11 points from their center Eric Smith and another 11 points from forward Garrett Olson.
“The Tigers took great care of the ball down the stretch and shot well enough at the free-throw line to win by a comfortable margin."
Dierks paced the Tigers with 19 points, while Vipond and Manska added 10 each, and Erickson and Tiernan had eight apiece. Jacob Torgerson led the assist category with four and Erickson chipped in three assists. Vipond and Dierks both pulled in seven rebounds and Dierks also piled up six steals along with the Tigers’ only block.
Morris/C-A 55, LQPV 43
LQPV 17 26 — 43
Morris/C-A 25 30 — 55
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA – 21-46 FG (3-10 3-pt); 10-17 FT; 29 rebounds; 13 fouls; Scoring: Nic Vipond 10, Logan Manska 10, Austin Dierks 19, Chandler Erickson 8, John Tiernan 8; 3-point shots: Manska 2, Erickson 1; Rebounds: Vipond 7, Dierks 7, Manska 3, Erickson 3, Tiernan 3, Lincoln Berget 2, Dillon McNally 1, Tom Holland 1, Jacob Torgerson 1, Marcus Cannon 1; Assists: Torgerson 4, Erickson 3, Dierks 3, Berget 2, Vipond 1, Holland 1, Manska 1; Steals: Dierks 6, Erickson 3, Holland 1
LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY – 16-41 FG (3-9 3-pt); 8-16 FT; 21 rebounds; 16 fouls; Scoring: Dylan Erickson 8, Garrett Olson 11, Colby Siegert 6, Dazhown Coleman 7, Eric Smith 11; 3-point shots: Erickson 2, Olson 1; Rebound leaders: Olson 8; Assist leaders: none; Steal leaders: Erickson 4