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Chris Murphy, Published January 28 2014

Moberg’s return lifts Park Christian to win

MOORHEAD – Moorhead Park Christian shooting guard Matt Moberg was so excited to return from a right ankle sprain for Tuesday’s game against Waubun, he was seen sprinting up and down the halls during school.

Apparently he had plenty left in his legs, as the Park Christian leading scorer dropped in 23 points and had five steals in a 62-45 win for the Falcons. Not bad for a guy who just missed four games with an ankle sprain.

“It was so fun getting out there and playing with the guys again,” Moberg said. “I didn’t get to practice much because coach kept sitting me down and telling me to stay healthy for the games.”

Park Christian coach Erv Inniger had good reason for that.

“He’s our leading scorer,” Inniger said. “I’d like to see anybody in the league take 18 points out of their lineup and see what happens to them. He’s a player, he’s a veteran, he’s a senior and he’s a difference maker.”

Waubun (7-7) had been hanging around with Park Christian (13-5), taking a 30-29 lead on the first possession of the second half and tying the game at 38 minutes later. With four minutes left and the Bombers trailing by 10, Moberg went on an 8-0 run of his own to make it a 17-point game with two minutes to go.

“They are a very good team,” Moberg said. “We just played shut-down defense in the second half. That’s what kept us in the game.”

Park Christian opened the game on a 25-12 run and it looked like an exact replica of the 79-54 win over the Bombers the Falcons notched on Dec. 19. This was a different Bombers team. It was fresh off a 69-63 win over an Ada-Borup team, which they had fallen to 67-40 on Dec. 13. With seven wins, the Bombers already have matched their highest win total since the 2008-09 season with seven regular-season games to go.

“The biggest difference with the guys, as the season has gone on, is their confidence,” said first-year Waubun coach Jon Syverson. “They are starting to believe in themselves and each other. They are just starting to get used to the idea that we can play with the best.”

The Bombers closed the first half on a 16-4 run to pull within one at halftime. Darius Woods-Steichen scored 10 of his 12 points and grabbed nine of his 15 rebounds in the first half. The Bombers took a 30-29 lead on an Alec Teiken jumper to open the second half, but would never lead again.

“I think we got a little tired at the end,” Syverson said. “They were able to penetrate the zone easier than the first half.”

W (7-7): Teiken 4 1-3 11, Woods-Steichen 5 2-3 12, Syverson 1 4-6 6, Weber 0 1-2 1, Makey 4 2-3 11, Benson 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 10-17 45.

PC (13-5): Kvalvog 2 4-5 9, M. Moberg 11 0-0 23, Hannestad 1 0-0 2, Olsgaard 4 0-0 8, Nickel 6 0-2 12, Daugherty 1 4-5 6, N. Moberg 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 8-12 62.

Halftime: PC 29, W 28. 3-pointers: Kvalvog 1, M. Moberg 1, Teiken 2, Makey 1. Total fouls: PC 16, W 12. Rebounds: PC 31 (Daugherty 10), W 35 (Woods-Steichen 15).

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