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The New Richmond boys were one of the final four undefeated boys basketball teams in WIAA Division 2, but they are undefeated no longer.

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The Tigers suffered their first loss of the season last Tuesday at River Falls, by a 58-46 score. The Tigers followed that up by winning at Somerset last Thursday, 71-58.

The loss at River Falls could be a watershed moment for the Tigers. The team was 13-0 before last Tuesday's loss, but Coach Rick Montreal had been seeing flaws that were starting to show. The Tigers had not been rebounding well and the defense had been giving up increasing point totals before this loss.

"We need to learn something from this," Montreal said. "Taking something from a loss is how you get better."

Montreal said the Tigers may have taken River Falls lightly, considering the Wildcats had lost to Eau Claire North by a 57-19 score in their previous game. Instead, the Wildcats were highly motivated to redeem themselves against the Tigers.

The first half of the game was close. River Falls got a big lift with a tip-in at the buzzer ending the first half. That score gave the Wildcats a 25-20 lead.

The Wildcats started the third quarter with charged intensity, building up a 40-28 lead. In several games this season the Tigers have been able to come back from fourth quarter deficits. This time, River Falls was able to match the Tigers point-for-point in the fourth quarter.

Montreal said he did not expect the Tigers to go through the season without a loss.

"I knew we'd end up getting tagged, but I thought we'd be more competitive. I don't think we competed very well," he said.

Brett Anderson led the Tigers with 13 points and Hayden Zimmerman scored 10 points.

When the Tigers returned to the court on Thursday, they moved quickly and decisively to put away the Spartans. The Tigers led 15-4 less than five minutes into the game and they led comfortably the entire game. New Richmond led by as many as 26 points in the fourth quarter, before Somerset scored 17 points in the final four minutes against the Tiger reserves.

Somerset only has one win this season, so this game may not have been a great indication of how the Tigers will ultimately grow from their loss to River Falls. There were signs in a positive direction for the Tigers, especially on offense. The Tigers moved the ball crisply against Somerset's zone defense, passing unselfishly to produce all kinds of close-range shots.

Montreal said the Tigers allowed Somerset some offensive rebounds in the first quarter of Thursday's game, before doing a much better job on the boards in the second and third quarters.

Zimmerman led a balanced Tiger offense at Somerset with 17 points. Dan Stovall and Tyler Hansen each scored 11 points and Anderson scored 10 points. Point guard Justin O'Flanagan made his biggest scoring contribution of the season, posting nine points. Anderson's eight rebounds led the team. Stovall blocked four shots and Zimmerman had four of the Tigers' 13 steals.

The Tigers can move a step closer to clinching the 2007-08 MBC title this Friday, when they play at home against Prescott. The Tigers will face another tough non-conference assignment next Tuesday, when they play at Rice Lake.

New Richmond 71, Somerset 58

NEW RICHMOND (71)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Peper 1 0-1 2, B.Anderson 4 0-1 10, Mitchell 0 4-4 4, Berget 1 1-2 3, Zimmerman 7 1-2 17, Sabby 2 0-0 4, Bauer 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 4 1-1 9, Stovall 2 7-9 11, T.Anderson 0 0-0 0, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 4 3-3 11. Totals 25 17-23 71.

SOMERSET (58)

Warren 0 0-0 0, Neuman 2 1-2 5, Peters 2 0-0 6, Germain 2 4-4 8, Vanasse 0 0-0 0, Moulton 5 5-6 18, Kobs 0 0-0 0, Geurkink 6 2-2 14, Buerkley 3 1-2 7. Totals 20 13-16 58.

New Richmond 20 18 12 21 71

Somerset 8 17 6 27 58

Three-point goals -- B.Anderson 2, Zimmerman 2, Peters 2, Moulton 3. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 13, Somerset 19.

River Falls 58,

New Richmond 46

NEW RICHMOND (46)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Peper 2 1-2 7, Anderson 6 1-4 13, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Berget 1 0-0 3, Zimmerman 4 2-4 10, Sabby 1 0-0 2, Bauer 0 0-1 0, T.Anderson 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 1 0-0 2, Stovall 2 2-6 6, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 6-17 46.

RIVER FALLS (58)

Gakeler 2 1-2 5, Herum 5 0-0 11, Gilbert 6 0-0 12, Langer 2 1-2 6, Gilbertson 8 4-6 20, Pavlicheck 1 0-0 2, McCabe 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 6-10 58.

New Richmond 11 9 8 18 46

River Falls 13 12 15 18 58

Three-point goals -- Peper 2, Berget, Hansen, Herum, Langer. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 14. River Falls 17.

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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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