Tigers' winning streak ends at Alexandria
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta's five-game winning streak was cut short by the Cardinals 46-39 Tuesday in Alexandria.
"Cold shooting and good defense by the Cardinals were the story in this game as the Class AAA Cards had just enough offense to upend the Tigers," explained coach Mark Torgerson.
The Tigers shot only 32 percent, far off their season average of 46 percent.
"A tight man-to-man defense by former Tiger Forrest Witt's Cards gave the Tigers some problems most of the evening.
"The Cards weren't exactly connecting from the perimeter either, but with the inside presence of 6-7 post Logan Doyle, they had enough to hold off the Tigers."
Doyle scored eight points in each half to lead all scorers.
The score at halftime was only 20-14 in favor of the Cardinals as neither team got off to a good start. "The Tiger zone defense helped hold off the Alex attack and they were able to keep themselves fairly close."
Austin Dierks scored eight of the Tigers' 14 first-half points.
"The second half started strong for the Cards as they built their lead to 10 points on several occasions," added Torgerson. "Sophomore forward John Vogeler was the main spark in the Alex offense including a pair of three pointers."
Vogeler scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help the Cardinal offense.
"The Tigers, however, got some spark midway through the half and closed the gap to three points on two separate occasions."
Jacob Torgerson provided a trio of three pointers to close the gap.
"The Tigers had the ball twice with a chance to tie, but failed on both attempts and the Cards iced it down the stretch."
Alexandria finished the night shooting only 37 percent and were just 4-for-21 from three-point range.
Rebounding was virtually even with Doyle leading the Cards with 12 rebounds and Dierks finishing off another double-double with 11 rebounds to go with his 10 points. Torgerson finished with nine points.
Nine different Tigers scored, but they could muster only a season-low 39 points.
Morris/C-A 14 25 -- 39
Alexandria 20 26 -- 46
MORRIS/CHOKIO-ALBERTA - 14-44 FG (4-9 3-pt); 7-12 FT; 26 rebounds; 15 fouls; Scoring: Brody Bahr 2, Nick Vipond 2, Riley Arndt 4, Tom Holland 4, Tyler Henrichs 2, Logan Manska 3, Jake Torgerson 9, Chandler Erickson 3, Austin Dierks 10; 3-point shots: Torgerson 3, Erickson 1; Rebounds: Dierks 11, Bahr 2, Vipond 1, Arndt 2, Holland 2, Henrichs 1, Lincoln Berget 1, Torgerson 2, Erickson 3, John Tiernan 1; Assists: Erickson 2, Arndt 1, Torgerson 1; Steals: Erickson 2, Manska 2
ALEXANDRIA - 18-49 FG (4-21 3-pt); 6-10 FT; 27 rebounds; 15 fouls; Scoring: Kevin Setterstrom 3, Jordan Smith 5, John Vogeler 13, Tanner Rice 7, Logan Doyle 16, Ted Dietz 2; 3-point shots: Vogeler 2, Smith 1, Setterstrom 1; Rebound leaders: Doyle 14; Assist leaders: Smith 6; Steal leaders: Rice 3