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WCC Basketball - Strong Start to Buccaneer Seasons

Buccaneers Beat Manitowac, Silver Lake, Fall to Sheboygan

The UW-Marinette Buccaneers hosted their home-opener last Wednesday against UW-Manitowac.  An Eastern Division WCC matchup featured two different teams.  Marinette's roster is composed of 12 freshmen while Manitowac returns nine sophomores to their squad.

After starting out red hot and scoring 18 points in the game's first four minutes, the Buccaneers went ice cold and scored 12 over the next 16 minutes of the half.  Marinette clung to a four-point lead at the break, 30-26.

Marinette led throughout the second half as four clutch free throws from Everett Laye and a basket with under 10 seconds on the clock from Corian Davis helped lift the Bucs to a 72-67 win. 

Laye led the team with 24 points and 13 rebounds.  Tyler Hagemeier pitched in 14 points including 4 of 5 shooting from behind the 3-point arc. 

Saturday, the Buccaneers faced four-year Silver Lake College.  In exhilarating fashion, the game went to two overtimes before the Bucs won 116-109. 

With 24 seconds remaining in regulation, Marinette held for the last shot tied at 98-98.  Bryce Thompson's mid-range jumper from the short corner was no-good, and the game went to overtime.  In the first over time, Marinette again held for the last shot, but to no avail as the game was extended to a second overtime.  There, key baskets and free throws from Corian Davis helped the Bucs to an important upset victory.

Davis finished the game with a team-high 42 points and 12 rebounds.  The freshman guard from DeForest was 12 of 19 shooting and 14 of 17 from the free throw line.  Max Muelver finished with 23 points and Matt Newman pitched in 16 points.

Monday evening, the Bucs traveled to Sheboygan to take on an Eastern Division foe.  Marinette built a lead up to as much as 12 in the first half before it was cut to 46-39 at halftime.  In the second half, the back-and-forth affair came down to the wire.  Sheboygan's AJ Gutierrez sank two free throws with 6.6 seconds remaining to give the Wombats a 92-89 lead.  Marinette's Matt Newman passed to Everett Laye who attempted a step-back three-pointer with a defender in his face that came up short as time expired.  The Buccaneers suffered their first defeat of the season and fell to 3-1 overall.  Corian Davis again led the team, this time with 33 points.



Lady Bucs Cruise to 2-0 in WCC

Continuing their momentum off of their state championship year last year, UW-Marinette looks to be in contention again. After dominating UW-Rock in their season opener, the Lady Bucs easily handled UW-Manitowac last Wednesday at home, 72-45.

Solid defense on one end and quick baskets on the other helped Marinette build a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second, a Katie Trowbridge three followed by Sarah Pettit's fast break layup pushed the lead to 27-14. Pettit then drilled a mid-range jumper as the shot clock expired, extending the lead to 33-17 forcing a Manitowac timeout. The break was to no avail as Marinette finished the half on a 6-0 scoring run taking a 39-17 lead into halftime.

To start the third quarter, it was all about the sophomore from Lena, Christina Jagiello. Jagiello cut to the hoop and scored on a layup to open the half. After a Blue Devil basket, Jagiello grabbed the rebound off a missed shot and scored underneath. Laura Raatz joined in with a three-pointer from the corner extending the lead to 46-19, before Jagiello sliced through the lane for another easy hoop. For her fourth basket of the quarter, Jagiello secured a rebound and a put-back. Raatz again drilled a three from the corner as the Lady Bucs offense was rolling. Pettit finished a layup through contact and added to the lead. Marinette led 59-28 at the end of the third.

The Bucs cruised through the fourth quarter on their way to a 72-45 victory springing them to 2-0 on the season.



Lakers Keep Lady Bucs at Bay

Saturday afternoon UW-Marinette traveled to Manitowac to take on Silver Lake, a four-year college coming off of their first United States Collegiate Athletic Association Nation Championship appearance in over 20 years. After holding a lead early, Silver Lake went on a run late in the first quarter to go up 17-10. By halftime, the Lakers increased their lead to 34-24. The Lady Bucs held strong with the national power being outscored in the second half by just three points. The Lakers took the win 71-58, but the defending WCC Champion Bucs have nothing to hang their heads about.

Freshman forward Tori Wangerin paced the Lady Bucs with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sarah Pettit pitched in with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Amanda Simmons added 10 points.


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