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Durand's sharp shooters can't bring down Tigers

The Durand boys basketball team put on an incredible outside shooting show in last Friday's game in New Richmond.

It still wasn't enough to deliver the first loss of the season to the Tiger boys basketball team.

New Richmond's boys are now 13-0 this season after withstanding their biggest challenge in the Middle Border Conference so far this season. The Tigers rallied from a 65-61 deficit in the final three minutes of the game to beat Durand, 69-65.

The Tigers had a great start to the game, jumping out to a 25-13 lead in the first quarter. Dan Stovall and Tyler Hansen each scored seven points in the first quarter.

Things went south in a hurry for the Orange and Black in the second quarter. Tiger coach Rick Montreal called this "by far the worst quarter we've played all year." Durand outscored the Tigers 27-12 in the third quarter to lead 40-37 at halftime.

This put the Tigers in unfamiliar territory. In most of their previous eight MBC games, the Tigers already had the games in their control by halftime.

The Tigers spent the third quarter playing catch-up. Each time they'd make a run, Durand would hit a couple outside shots and take the lead back. A big stretch for the Tigers was the final minute of the third quarter. They trailed 56-49, then scored the final seven points of the quarter to head into the fourth quarter tied 56-56.

The last hoop of the quarter was a steal and breakaway layup by reserve guard Lance Bauer in the final seconds of the quarter. Bauer saw some of his most significant minutes of the season in this game.

"I leaned on him in the second half," Montreal said. "He was defending well and he was attacking the basket."

Durand then scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and the Tigers were on the chase again. The Tigers got the margin down to one, until Durand's Cody Holden hit a three-pointer with 3:30 left to make the score 65-61.

It seems that in every close game, the Tigers have been able to dial up the defensive intensity to a higher level in the final minutes of games. That happened again here.

The Tigers cut the margin to one on a hoop by Hayden Zimmerman and a free throw by Brett Anderson. Hansen then made one of the biggest defensive plays of the night, drawing a charging foul on Holden with 1:06 left on the clock.

In the offensive end, the Tigers were patient. Hansen then set up Anderson for a short-range shot, giving the Tigers the 66-65 lead with 52 seconds left. Holden missed the next Durand shot and Zimmerman hit three free throws in the final 20 seconds to put the win away for the Tigers.

The game was played before a packed NRHS gym. Many of those fans stayed after the game for the annual autograph session with the Tigers.

There was good balance in the scoring column for the Tigers in this game. Zimmerman led the team with 17 points, followed by Stovall with 16, Hansen with 15 and Anderson with 11.

Win at Osceola

A game the Tigers did have in control by halftime was last Tuesday's game at Osceola, where the Tigers won 72-55.

The Tigers outscored the Chieftains 24-12 in the second quarter to build a 42-26 halftime lead.

Anderson had a huge first half to lead the Tigers. He put up 12 points in the first quarter, then six more in the second quarter.

"Brett's been taking what defenses give him," Montreal explained. He said if opponents use a taller player to guard Anderson, Anderson can beat them from the perimeter. If he's faced with a smaller defender, Anderson will set up in the low post and put his height advantage to work.

Anderson finished the game with 23 points. Zimmerman scored 14 points and Stovall scored 10 points.

Montreal was bothered by the fact that the Tigers gave up 20 points in the fourth quarter at Osceola.

"I felt our defensive principles and defensive fundamentals have started to slide a little in the past couple weeks," Montreal said.

The Tigers continue their MBC schedule this week. On Thursday the Tigers play at Somerset. That's followed by a home game next Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville.

New Richmond 69, Durand 65



Radle 6 0-0 15,Shiffer 1 0-0 3, Prissel 4 1-2 12, Holden 6 5-7 20, Robelia 2 0-0 6, Zika 3 3-4 9. Totals 22 9-13 65.


Peper 0 2-2 2, Anderson 4 2-5 11, Mitchell 0 0-0 0, Berget 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 6 4-6 17, Sabby 2 0-2 4, Bauer 1 0-0 2, O'Flanagan 1 0-1 2, Stovall 7 2-3 16, Hansen 7 0-1 15. Totals 27 10-20 69.

Durand 13 27 16 9 65

New Richmond 25 12 19 12 69

Three-point goals -- Radle 3, Shiffer, Prissel 3, Holden 3, Robelia 2, Anderson, Zimmerman, Hansen. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Durand 18, New Richmond 12.

New Richmond 72, Osceola 55



Peper 1 0-0 3, Anderson 9 2-2 23, Mitchell 3 1-1 8, Berget 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 5 2-2 14, Sabby 3 1-1 7, Bauer 0 0-0 0, O'Flanagan 0 0-0 0, Stovall 3 4-4 10, Jansen 0 0-0 0, Emerson 0 0-0 0, Hansen 3 0-0 7. Totals 27 10-10 55.


Whittenberger 4 2-2 10, Dosch 2 0-2 4, Bartley 0 1-2 1, Burkhamer 0 2-2 2, Pauley 2 3-3 7, Martin 1 0-0 2, Olson 4 2-2 12, Lundgren 0 1-2 1, Muckenhirn 6 0-0 14, Fox 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 10-14 55.

New Richmond 18 24 13 17 72

Osceola 14 12 9 20 55

Three-point goals -- Peper, Anderson 3, Mitchell, Zimmerman 2, Hansen, Olson 2, Muckenhirn 2. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 17, Osceola 11.

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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