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Tigers suffer 1st loss to No. 1 Wildcats

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From West Central Tribune

After two postponements due to inclement weather, New London-Spicer handed Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta its first loss of the season 89-68, in a non-conference boys' basketball game Saturday.

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The No. 1 state-ranked Wildcats improved to 20-1 with the victory, while the No. 2 Tigers fell to 17-1.

The Wildcats jumped out 8-2 before taking a 48-29 halftime lead in front of a crowd approaching 1,300.

"They got off to such a fast start," said coach Mark Torgerson. "There's no doubt that was the No. 1 team we saw tonight. Physically, they set the tone offensively and also with their defense, which got too many steals. We haven't played a team of that caliber. I think we were as quick, but they are stronger."

The teams could meet twice more. If they both win their respective conference title (they both are currently in first place), they would meet in the West Central inter-conference playoff and could also square of in Section 6A. Last year, the team's split their two regular-season meetings, and the Wildcats won the section title game 83-64.

The Wildcats were dominant inside. Center Aaron Johnson led all scorers with 22 points, plus 11 rebounds. Forward Aaron Jenny added 18 points and 11 rebounds. On the edges, Erik Tengwall supplied 19 points, six steals, six assists and six rebounds. Jayme Moten finished with 10 points and five assists.

Both teams shot 50 percent, but New London-Spicer outrebounded the Tigers 39-16.

Tigers' center Jackson Henrich managed 13 points, followed by guards Alex Erickson with 12, Cory Hennen with 11, and Corey Nohl with 10.

"Now we know what we have to do if we see them again," said Henrich.

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