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Boys continue to win close non-conference games

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New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

If you attend one of the New Richmond boys basketball team's non-conference games, you are almost guaranteed to see a wild game that isn't decided until the final seconds.

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And so far, the Tigers have been able to win every one of them. The Tigers ran their season record to 11-0 with another furious finish, beating Menomonie 59-54 on Saturday.

The five-point win over Menomonie was a comparative cakewalk to the Tigers' other non-conference games this season. Their other non-conference games have all been one-point decisions, over Hudson, Spooner and Eau Claire North. Comparatively, the closest any Middle Border Conference team has been able to get to the Tigers was 17 points, when the Tigers beat Prescott 55-38 in December.

The Tigers did have their hands full with Menomonie. The Indians shot well from the outside all afternoon, while the Tigers' play was sporadic until the fourth quarter. The Tigers started the game with an 11-4 run, but Menomonie countered by scoring the next 10 points. The Tigers didn't get the lead back until John Peper's three-pointer put them ahead 30-29 midway through the third quarter.

Peper made a big push for playing time last week, with key performances in the Menomonie and Amery wins. He was on the court for most of the second half against Menomonie.

"John brings the sheer athleticism where he can guard big or small (players)," said Tiger coach Rick Montreal.

Menomonie retook the lead and didn't give it up until the Tigers started hitting free throws in the last 1:40 of the game. The Tigers couldn't buy a free throw in the first 30 minutes of the game. Then in the last 1:40, they hit 11-12 free throws to pull ahead.

The Tigers' leader against Menomonie was senior guard Hayden Zimmerman. Zimmerman led the team with 27 points, including making 9-10 free throws.

The Tigers were winners in a pair of conference games last week. On Thursday the Tigers went to Amery and flattened the Warriors, winning 61-29. Brett Anderson scored 16 points and Zimmerman 12 points in the win.

The reserves also played well at Amery. Montreal had reserves play most of the fourth quarter and the bench players matched the starters' defensive intensity, holding Amery to three points in the fourth quarter.

Last Tuesday the Tigers got one of their best challenges of the conference season when they were visited by Ellsworth. The Tigers were able to win 76-57, but this game was close well into the fourth quarter. Ellsworth is a rapidly improving team that has found an identity by playing tough defense.

The Tigers were able to overcome Ellsworth with the performance of the post players. Senior Dan Stovall was a force around the basket all night, finishing with 26 points. Anderson scored 17 points and Tyler Hansen scored 14 points, eight of them in the first quarter.

Ellsworth was led by guard Aaron Nelson, who put on a memorable shooting performance in the third quarter. Nelson hit six three-pointers in the quarter and finished the game with 23 points.

The Tigers will play at home this Friday, against the uptempo team from Durand. The Tigers face another huge non-conference challenge next Tuesday when they play at River Falls. The Wildcats are 8-2 this season and are one of the top teams in the Big Rivers Conference.

New Richmond 59,

Menomonie 54

MENOMONIE (54)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Tietz 6 0-0 14, Russo 3 0-0 6, Brenner 3 2-2 9, B.Mondlock 1 0-0 2, Supri 5 3-4 14, J.Mondlock 3 2-2 9. Totals 21 7-8 54.

NEW RICHMOND (59)

Peper 2 0-0 5, Anderson 4 2-4 12, Berget 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 7 9-10 27, Sabby 1 0-0 2, Bauer 1 0-0 2, O'Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Stovall 4 1-2 9, Hansen 1 0-2 2. Totals 20 12-18 59.

Menomonie 16 9 15 14 54

New Richmond 14 8 14 23 59

Three-point goals -- Tietz 2, Brenner, Supri, Mondloch, Peper, Anderson 2, Zimmerman 4. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Menomonie 14, New Richmond 10.

New Richmond 61,

Amery 29

NEW RICHMOND (61)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Peper 1 1-2 4, Anderson 6 2-4 16, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Berget 0 0-1 0, Zimmerman 4 4-4 12, Kidder 0 1-2 1, Sabby 2 0-0 4, Bauer 1 1-2 3, O'Flanagan 1 2-3 5, Stovall 2 4-4 8, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 3 2-2 8. Totals 21 17-24 61.

AMERY (29)

Loverude 2 2-2 7, Stewart 2 1-2 5, Paulson 1 0-0 3, Gehrman 1 0-0 2, Luehman 2 1-5 5, Esters 3 1-4 7, McLeod 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 5-13 29.

New Richmond 13 16 17 15 61

Amery 9 7 10 3 29

Three-point goals -- Peper, Anderson 2, O'Flanagan, Loverude, Paulson. Fouled out -- Paulson. Total fouls -- New Richmond16, Amery 18.

New Richmond 76, Ellsworth 57

ELLSWORTH (57)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Nelson 8 0-0 23, Murphy 0 4-4 4, Hipple 1 3-5 6, Niedfeldt 3 3-4 10, Henning 5 0-0 10, Anderson 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 10-13 57.

NEW RICHMOND (76)

Peper 1 0-0 2, B.Anderson 3 0-0 6, Mitchell 1 0-0 3, Berget 1 0-0 2, Zimmerman 7 3-4 17, J.Anderson 0 0-0 0, Sabby 2 0-0 4, Bauer 0 0-0 0, McCarthy 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 1 0-0 2, Stovall 12 2-4 26, Kidder 0 0-0 0, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 5 4-4 14. Totals 33 9-12 76.

Ellsworth 14 10 23 10 57

New Richmond 18 17 16 25 76

Three-point goals -- Nelson 7, Hipple, Niedfeldt, Mitchell. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Ellsworth 12, New Richmond 15.

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