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Laurel falls to New Brighton
Laurel (49) Vs. New Brighton (52)
Jan 30, 2010
The Laurel Spartans played tough but fell to New Brighton in a Section 2-AA contest, 52-49

Laurel (5-4, 10-6) had a chance to tie the game with five seconds left, but Eric Wallas’ 3-pointer at the buzzer was blocked.

“It was hard-fought game,” Spartans coach Mike Tinstman said. “It was close the whole way. Really, the difference came down to they had five threes and we only had two.”

Jake Dando paced Laurel with a game- and season-high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds. Shane Caldararo added 12 markers and 10 boards.

The Spartans entered the week in second place in the section, but now find themselves in a tie for third with Summit Academy. A win over Mohawk on Tuesday would do wonders for their playoff hopes.

“I’m sure they look forward to playing us,” Tinstman said.

Chris Weathers tallied 16 points for New Brighton (6-2, 9-7).
Nightly Roundup
Game Scoreboard
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT SCORE
Laurel 10 12 11 16 0 49
New Brighton 12 10 12 18 0 52
Box Scores
LAUREL (49)
Eric Wallas 3 0-0 7
Mike Natale 1 0-0 2
Shane Caldararo 5 2-3 12
Jake Dando 9 7-12 26
Tyler Forbes 1 0-1 2
Chad Long 0 0-0 0
Ryan Melichar 0 0-0 0
Todd Fennick 0 0-0 0
Totals: 19 9-16 49

NEW BRIGHTON (52)
Kane Rombald 5 0-0 14
Brian Circle 2 0-2 4
Allen Sheffield 0 0-0 0
Josh McFrazier 1 1-2 3
Chris Weathers 7 2-2 16
Sharron Moreland Jones 3 3-6 9
Kyle Bonner 2 1-4 6
Jim Pratte 0 0-0 0
Totals: 20 7-16 52

LAUREL 10 12 11 16 — 49
NEW BRIGHTON 12 10 12 18 — 52

3-point goals — Laurel 2 (Dando 1, Wallas 1); New Brighton 5 (Rombald 4, Bonner 1).
JV score: Laurel 37, New Brighton 34, OT. High scorer: L — Todd Fennick 14.
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