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NUC scrapes by Tigers

January 18, 2012
Tyler Aukrust - Journal Sports Writer , The Journal

By Tyler Aukrust

Journal Sports Writer

NEW ULM - After Brian Nosbush scored his 25th point of the night and put New Ulm Cathedral up by six points with 2:30 remaining, it appeared that the Greyhounds had the game just about wrapped up.

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Springfield’s Christopher Kretsch (11) goes up for a shot as Jeff Osborne of New Ulm Cathedral defends during the second half Tuesday at CHS.
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However, Springfield's Isaac Kirschstein canned two 3-pointers and tied the game at 62-62 with 1:40 remaining.

Cathedral's Ben Wolf made three free throws in the final minute to give Cathedral a three-point advantage, but also allowed Springfield to have a final shot to tie the game in the final 10 seconds.

Springfield senior Alex Fink received the ball and fought to get an open shot. However, Cathedral's defense made one last stand and forced Fink to take an awkward shot. Fink's shot was just off as it bounced off the rim at the buzzer and Cathedral survived the Tigers' comeback, 65-62, in Tomahawk Conference boys' basketball.

"I thought it was good," Fink said about his final shot. "I got the ball up top and I saw Brian [Nosbush] was on me, who is a tough guy to shoot over. I was thinking we were going to get a different look - we messed up on the play and ran it a little different."

Fink led Springfield with 18 points on the night and Cathedral head coach Paul Hazuka was very pleased with how his team contained Fink throughout the game and didn't allow him to score any more than he did.

"Eric Hauser did a great job on him [Fink] tonight," Hazuka said. "Senior-on-senior, Eric takes the toughest guy game-in, game-out and does a super job. We wouldn't be where we are without him."

Nosbush scored 25 points for Cathedral and continues to build his resume for offensive player of the year.

"We did a pretty good job on him [Nosbush], he is a great player," Fink said. "He goes really hard to the glass and that is one thing he beat us on."

Wolf added 19 points for Cathedral while Tyler Vogel had 13 and Christopher Kretsch had 10 for Springfield. Nosbush also had seven rebounds.

Springfield drops to 5-7, 4-3 in the conference and will travel to Winthrop on Friday to take on GFW (0-11, 0-7) while New Ulm Cathedral improves to 11-3, 5-2 in the Tomahawk Conference and will host Sleepy Eye (4-10, 1-6) on Friday.



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