• By Robert Wanek Jr.
Breckenridge ran into a tough opponent on Friday, suffering its fist home loss of season to Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta, 77-54. The Tigers were led by Jackson Loge’s 32 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks.
Loge presented problems from the tip, stuffing two dunks and contesting several Cowboy shots near the basket. The 6’8” junior neutralized Breckenridge’s inside scoring, although Anthony Conzemius battled his way to 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
The game was competitive early, with MACA holding a 14-13 lead over the first several minutes. Things fell apart for the Cowboys as the Tigers found all the right angles on entry passes to the talented Loge, and help side defense wasn’t quick enough to stop the bruiser inside. MACA jumped out to a 27-17 halftime lead. The Tigers shot 66% from inside the arc for the game.
Conzemius held Loge scoreless through the first six minutes of the second half, before exiting with a lower body injury that caused him to limp off the court. During his absence, MACA extended the lead from 32-23 to 48-29. He returned later and appeared to be moving well.
The Cowboys have typically won the nightly rebounding battle, but MACA claimed a 40 to 35 advantage on the boards. Breckenridge was led by nine rebounds from Jonah Christensen, six from Conzemius, and five from Landon Blaufuss.
Cooper Yaggie took the fight to MACA, giving them something to think about as a defense with relentless drives to the cup. He scored 15 points, making some highly contested layups and taking some hard hits. After drawing fouls at a premium to begin the season, Yaggie hasn’t been getting to the line as much, but continues to set the tone and scratch away for much-needed scoring.
Jacob Vizenor played to the buzzer with the game out of reach, causing a deflection, a steal, and scoring five points in his limited action. Alex Ohm scored six points and Christensen led the Cowboys with three assists.
Breckenridge (6-2) heads to Perham (7-2) on Tuesday, Feb. 16th for a 7:30 p.m. matchup with the Yellowjackets at The Hive. Breckenridge won the first meeting, 59-46.