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We had a tough loss to the Pine City Dragons on Tuesday Night. Pine City came into the game 5-0 (now they are 7-0), behind their 3 point shooting and pressure defense. The entire first half was extremely close, with us taking the lead 35-34 late in the first half, but Pine responded with a 15-3 run to take an 11 point lead. I give our guys a ton of credit, we fought back to be within one with the ball at the end of the game, but weren’t able to get a good shot.
Our energy was fantastic and I thought it was the hardest that we have played since I have been the coach here. Unfortunately, our shooting woes have continued and we weren’t able to overcome the 30 point differential on 3 point shooting (Pine made 13, we made 3…including 0 in the first half)
Conner Hartmann was great for the second straight game with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Rylen Nelson had 9 points and 10 rebounds. Those two have been great filling in for the injured Zach Gazda. Drew VanEerden had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Colby Knutson had his best game of the year with 8 points and 9 rebounds.