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Tiger boys lose by 1 at Bloomer

The Northwestern Tigers boys basketball team played the kind of game defensively it wanted to Thursday night at Bloomer. But the Tigers struggled and their shooting woes led to a 42-41 loss at the Blackhawks. "It's probably a game we should have ...

The Northwestern Tigers boys basketball team played the kind of game defensively it wanted to Thursday night at Bloomer.

But the Tigers struggled and their shooting woes led to a 42-41 loss at the Blackhawks.

"It's probably a game we should have won by 10-15 points had we played our normal game," NHS coach Dan Cowley said. "We played well defensively giving up only 42 points and we held their best player, Grady Loew, to five points, but we played very poorly on the offensive end."

The Tigers had 12 turnovers in the first half alone on 25 possessions.

"Then when we did get shots, we shot the ball poorly," Cowley said. "We had fewer turnovers in the second half but still didn't shoot the ball well. Bloomer switched between a 2-3 zone and 1-3-1 zone throughout the game, but never pressed, and we still ended up with nearly 20 turnovers.

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"It's hard to explain why we had so much trouble but we did and that's why we lost."

Bloomer led 11-10 after one quarter and 25-19 at the half. The Tigers outscored Bloomer 10-6 in the third quarter and 12-11 in the fourth, but it wasn't enough as they fell to 12-6 overall and 8-5 in the Heart O' North Conference.

Donnie Hissa led the Tigers with 13 points. Steve Tecker added 12 points, Aaron Corry had eight, Lee Brown and John Darwin three each and PJ Freeman two.

Bloomer, now 8-10 and 6-7, got eight points from Alex Zwiefelhofer and seven from Grady Loew.

The Tigers are back in action Monday at Hermantown. Bloomer also hosts Stanley-Boyd on Monday. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.

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