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Tigers end 14-year drought, win MBC title

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Tigers end 14-year drought, win MBC title
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The last time the New Richmond boys basketball team won a Middle Border Conference title, the current Tigers could barely hold a basketball.

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The 2007-08 Tigers ended a 14-year championship drought when they officially locked up sole ownership of this season's championship with a 52-32 win at Ellsworth last Thursday.

The win gave the Tigers a 12-0 record in the MBC this season. The Tigers extended that mark to 13-0 on Monday when they scored a 49-37 win over Baldwin-Woodville.

Knowing that the conference title was awaiting them with a win at Ellsworth, the Tigers returned to their roots of defense and rebounding for the game. The Tigers held Ellsworth to 11 points in the first half. At the same time, the Tiger offense steadily gained control of the game. By halftime the Tigers led 25-11 and they were never threatened in the second half.

Tiger coach Rick Montreal was a bit surprised the team didn't celebrate the championship more. He said that is the team's way of staying true to larger goals it has for the season.

"They appreciate the fact that we made this goal, but they're in a place where they want more. Our main focus now is the playoffs and to advance further than last year," Montreal said.

Brett Anderson led the Tigers with 15 points at Ellsworth and Dan Stovall scored 13 points. Anderson led the team with 12 rebounds, with Stovall contributing seven and Derek Sabby six rebounds. The Tigers depth was tested in this game. Lance Bauer was out sick and Hayden Zimmerman saw limited time after spraining his ankle in practice the night before the game.

Win over B-W

The Tigers built an early lead then locked it into cruise control in Monday's 49-37 win over Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers ended the first quarter with a 9-0 run to lead 17-5. They then maintained a lead of 9-15 points the rest of the game.

Montreal said he was impressed with the team's intensity in the first quarter.

"We just didn't exert enough energy to sustain a first quarter effort level that was pretty solid," Montreal said.

Tyler Hansen had a strong game in the low post for the Tigers, scoring a game-high 16 points. Zimmerman scored 14 points and Anderson pitched in 13 points, the tenth straight game that he scored in double figures.

Loss at Rice Lake

The Tigers suffered their second non-conference loss of the season last Tuesday, when they lost at Rice Lake 68-57.

The Tigers will remember the name "Andrew Lochman" after this game. Lochman looked like Superman in a basketball uniform, scoring from everywhere on the court. He finished the night with 34 points.

"It raises concerns on how we handle really good big players. That's something we need to find a solution to," Montreal said.

The Tigers got behind early, then did cut Rice Lake's lead to three by halftime. The third quarter will rank as one of the Tigers' weakest this season, as Rice Lake rang up 27 points in the quarter.

Anderson scored 24 points to lead the Tigers in the loss and Zimmerman scored 15. Justin O'Flanagan had one of his better scoring games with eight points.

Tournament seeding

As expected, the Tigers earned the number one seed in the WIAA Division 2 regional seeding bracket. The seeding meeting for the bracket was held on Sunday.

New Richmond will open the tournaments next Tuesday at home against Hayward, the number eight seed, in a 7 p.m. start. The winner of that game will advance to the second round of tournament play on Thursday, Feb. 21. The winner will face the team that wins the game between Osceola and Ashland. The winner of Thursday's game will advance to the regional championship game, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Rice Lake High School.

Spooner received the number two seed in the region and will open against Somerset. Northwestern is the number three seed and will face Amery in the opening round of the bracket.

New Richmond 52, Ellsworth 32

NEW RICHMOND (52)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Peper 3 1-1 7, Anderson 7 1-4 15, Mitchell 0 2-2 2, Berget 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 1 2-2 4, Sabby 2 1-2 5, O'Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Stovall 6 1-4 13, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 2 2-4 6. Totals 21 10-19 52.

ELLSWORTH (32)

Nelson 2 0-0 5, Bayer 1 0-0 2, Kauffman 1 2-2 5, Hipple 3 0-0 7, Niedfeldt 2 4-4 8, Peterson 1 1-2 3, Henning 0 2-6 2, Anderson 0 0-2 0. Totals 10 9-18 32.

New Richmond 15 10 13 14 52

Ellsworth 4 7 12 9 32

Three-point goals -- Nelson, Kauffman, Hipple. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 14, Ellsworth 16.

New Richmond 49,

Baldwin-Woodville 37

BALDWIN-WOODVILLE (37)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Howard 4 1-2 12, Keefer 4 1-2 9, Schlichting 2 0-0 5, Ninneman 0 1-2 1, Jacobson 1 0-2 2, Weyer 1 0-0 2, Addyman 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 3-8 37.

NEW RICHMOND (49)

Peper 0 0-0 0, Anderson 5 2-6 13, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Berget 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 5 3-4 14, Sabby 3 0-0 6, Bauer 0 0-0 0, Jansen 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Wienke 0 0-1 0, Stovall 0 0-0 0, Hansen 7 1-4 16. Totals 20 6-15 49.

Baldwin-Woodville 5 12 12 8 37

New Richmond 17 11 14 7 49

Three-point goals -- Howard 3, Schlichting, Anderson, Zimmerman, Hansen. Fouled out -- Ninneman. Total fouls -- Baldwin-Woodville 17, New Richmond 10.

Rice Lake 68, New Richmond 57

NEW RICHMOND (57)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Peper 1 0-0 2, Anderson 10 4-6 24, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Berget 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 7 0-0 15, Sabby 0 0-0 0, Bauer 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 2 2-2 8, Stovall 1 1-3 3, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 1 2-2 5. Totals 22 9-13 57.

RICE LAKE (68)

West 0 4-4 4, Culy 5 0-0 13, Hovde 1 2-4 4, Kiehl 1 0-0 3, Mozingo 1 0-0 2, Gianoli 0 0-2 0, Nielsen 1 0-0 2, Lochman 10 13-13 34, Corbel 2 0-0 6. Totals 21 19-23 68.

New Richmond 11 10 21 13 57

Rice Lake 17 7 27 17 68

Three-point goals -- Zimmerman, O'Flanagan 2, Hansen, Culy 3, Kiehl, Lochman, Corbel 2. Fouled out -- Anderson. Total fouls -- New Richmond 19, Rice Lake 18.

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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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