Marines Stay In NEC Hunt, Top Tigers 64-62Issue Date: January 10, 2018
Marinette edged Wrightstown with a 64-62 win in a Tuesday night showdown that could have big implications in the North Eastern Conference, with both teams now trailing Freedom by one game.
Wrightstown launched a three-pointer with the game on the line, but the entire gym was able to breathe a sigh of relief when the shot bounced off the iron.
Due to foul trouble, the Marines were forced to switch from a man-to-man to zone defense in the second half after leading 32-29 at the break.
If the Marines had lost, they would have fallen two games behind both Freedom and Wrighstown, but a win gives them hope in the conference race.
"We talk about it all the time, how we have the ability to be a conference contender but now we just beat the number one team in the conference," Marines Coach Nick Semenas said after the game. "Establishing our mindset takes an effort like tonight. It takes a lot out of you to play at this level of basketball
He added that the team should "feel good about it but now we've got a find a way to recreate that every night."
Rebounding was one area where the Marines dominated, largely in part because of Jordan Wendt's 15 boards.
"That's how we can win these games," Semenas said. "They're going to play their game and it's up to us to play our game to the best of the ability. We slowed down as best we could and we tried to dominate the inside."
Four Marines scored in double figures, but perhaps none was bigger than the 14 points the home team got from Tyler Fayta.
The guard drew big praise from Semenas after the game for his play on both offense and defense.
"You can't say enough about the kid," Semenas said. "He made some huge plays on both ends of the floor. The kid is just a gamer."
The victory was one that could help inspire confidence in most teams, though Marinette may be set in that area.
"It's a group that's pretty confident in themselves and you can kind of tell," Semenas said.
Peshtigo Gets Past Gibraltar, Extends Winning Streak to Five
After starting the season 1-5, the Peshtigo Bulldogs extended their winning streak to five with wins over Gibraltar and Green Bay West in the last week.
Against Gibraltar Tuesday night, the Bulldogs (6-5) led 32-28 at the half before clamping down defensively to leave Door County with a 53-44 win.
Gibraltar shot 18-55 from the field and really struggled behind the arc, making just five of their 24 three-point attempts.
"We knew that they weren't the strongest shooters so we did kind of dare them into shooting," Bulldogs Coach Nate Motkowski said. "We did back off and worry more about taking away the paint. At the same time I think clearly they had a poor night shooting, so it kind of played into our gameplan."
The Bulldogs made 22-59 shots from the field, with the team holding a 26-4 advantage on second chance points and grabbing 19 more rebounds than the Vikings. While the numbers appear to favor the Bulldogs, Motkowski said the large advantage on the boards was due in part to the team's failure to finish at the rim.
"It's kind of a two-way street. I'm glad that we out-rebounded them but to be honest a lot of our rebounds were simply because we missed shots inside offensively and had second, third and fourth chance looks," Motkowski said. "I'm happy that we rebounded well but I'd be a bit happier if we just finished the original shot first and scored."
Junior Cameron Noffke led the Bulldogs in scoring, shooting 9-14 and getting a game-high 20 points to go along with 12 boards.
Junior Mitchell VanVooren had an efficient night as well, making six of his eight shots for 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior Max Neumann had eight points and 10 rebounds.
After the team's slow start to the season, Motkowski said he thinks the team is getting better every week.
"Our guys are getting a bit more experience and a little bit more comfortable on the court," he said. "I think with each win the guys are getting a little bit more confident."
Evan Henry led the home squad with 16 and Trevor Reinhardt had 10.
Thunderhawks Post Win Over Wildcats
The Oneida nation Thunderhawks posted a solid 81-43 victory over the hosting Lena Wildcats Friday night.
After holding their grind over the opening minutes the Wildcats began to slide as the Thunderhawks Justin Hill posted 11 points on the way to a 39-20 lead at the half.
Oneida Nation continued to keep up the pressure over the second half, outscoring the Wildcats 42-23.
Hill led all scorers with 18 points and was followed by teammate Ryan King with 17 points. Seth Charles tacked on 10 to the effort.
Colby Brochert led the way for the Wildcats with 15 points while Levi Potter and Zack Cops both chipped in seven points each.
Rangers Round Up Win Over Hornets
The Wausaukee Rangers were resisitant to the stinging attack of the Elcho Hornets Thursday night as they came away with the win 64-52.
After one half of play Wausaukee held the lead firmly in their hands 33-26. The lead was built upon a 19 point combined effort by Hayden Renikow and Matthew Delfosse.
Wausuakee remained consistent over the second half with another 33 point effort as Elcho failed to meet the high scoring attack.
Both Delfosse and Renikow were able to score 19 points each on the night to share top scoring honors. Taylor Gruszynski followed up with eight points.
Second Half Collapse Leads Rangers to Victory
The Lena Wildcats kept with the Wausaukee Rangers Tuesday night, at least for the first half. The second? A much different story as the rangers went on to win 60-39.
It appeared as if this contest was going to be a battle from start to finish as the teams jockeyed for the lead over the first, exchanging one point leads and ties. After the first buzzer Wausaukee held a narrow edge 29-24.
The narrow margin became a canyon of a difference over the second as the Lena scoring machine broke down, getting only 15 points to close the game.
It was Matthew Delfosse's night, as the tough rebounder battled his way to a game high 23 points for the Rangers.Hayden Renikow chipped in 11 while Brandon Shigouri added eight.
Lena was led by Levi Potter with 15 points and Chantz Rowell with 13.
Coleman Sneaks Past STAA, Farley Passes 1,000 Point Mark
On a night where he scored his 1,000th career point, all St. Thomas Aquinas Academy senior Jack Farley could think about was the final score.
The Cougars escaped with a 68-62 win despite a late run by Farley's Cavaliers.
"It's an accomplishment," Farley said about reaching the milestone. "But it really would have been nice just to get the win. It's going to be tough to get past that."
He became just the 14th player, girls or boys, at STAA to score 1000 and the first since Kiefer Powers scored 1300 from 2010 to 2014. Despite the rarity of the feat, he said when he looks back on the night, he won't be able to block out the end result.
"I'll remember the 1,000th point, but I'll definitely remember the loss too," he said.
The Cavaliers came out firing, jumping out to a 21-10 lead. Tyler Stuart scored 10 of the team's first 17 points.
Farley picked up his second foul with over 12 minutes left in the first half, but not before starting the game off by doing more passing than shooting, setting up teammates on a few early buckets.
"You'd think he would just be rocket-shooting them the whole game," STAA Coach Ric Powers said of Farley. "The first half, we thought there were some shots he should have taken. He didn't force anything and I'm like, "Jack, shoot the ball.'"
By half, the Cougars had closed the gap, with Austin Marquardt hitting four of his seven threes in the first half to keep the game to a two-point Cavaliers lead at the break.
After halftime, the Cougars looked rejuvenated, but so did Farley. Coleman went on a 7-0 run to start the half and take a 38-33 lead, but Farley and the Cavaliers battled back to take a 41-38 lead after two Farley assists to Christian Hornick and two buckets of his own.
After a couple more buckets by the two of them, STAA's lead stretched to 47-40 with about 10 minutes remaining.
In under two minutes, however, the game would be tied, with Marquardt bringing the game even on a three-pointer. He finished with a game-high 31 points.
Coleman then took the lead, extending it to 56-51 before Farley made two free throws with 6:07 remaining. The first of the pair was his 1,000th point.
The free throw was one of 10 made in the game for Farley, who went 9-9 in the second half and added that "hitting some of the free throws definitely helped me get my groove."
Out of a timeout, Farley assisted a bucket to Hornick, who finished with 16 points, to bring the game to 63-62, Coleman.
STAA forced a turnover and had a chance to take the lead. Off a missed shot, Farley skied for a rebound and was whistled for an over-the-back call, his fifth of the game, and a call that was not popular with many of those in attendance.
"That's how close the game is," Powers said. "If they don't make that call, Jack has the rebound and probably puts it in, so we're up by one, and my best player is still playing. They make that call, he's on the bench and we're down."
The Cougars shut the door on the Cavaliers with free throws and offensive rebounds, finishing on a 5-0 run.
"Even with Jack not in there, it was still a two-point game so it's tough to take," Powers said, praising his team's performance in saying, "If we would have been playing this way all year, we'd be so much further ahead. I think we found some things today that are going to work for us offensively. We put some stuff in there this week and I think we found some things to get these kids moving."
While the loss was tough to take for Powers and the Cavaliers, it was a good win for the Cougars, who have only one loss in the M&O, an overtime defeat against Suring.
"If you think about it, our conference loss this year was in overtime at Suring after an eight or nine-point lead in the second half and letting it go because we couldn't hit a free throw for a while," Coleman Coach Tim Forner said. "The biggest thing is that we actually pulled one out and learned how to win a game like this. That's huge."
Forner said he didn't talk about Farley's milestone with the team, and had nothing but praise for the Cavaliers guard.
"We're about winning basketball games. If he'd have gotten 45 tonight, I'd have said "I don't care' as long as we had 46," Forner said. "The kid worked his but off to get there. It's really not easy to get 1,000. It's an impressive feat for him."
Farley finished the game with 26, while Stuart and Hornick each had 16.
Beyond Marquardt's 31, the Cougars got 12 from Cole Woulf and 11 from Payton Nelson, though Nelson's strongest contribution came on the defensive end, where he held Stuart scoreless in the second half.
"He's not going to run out of air at all," Forner said. "He's going to run the whole game."
STAA Sticks it to Niagara
The St. Thomas Aquinas Cavaliers hosted the Niagara Badgers Tuesday night, defeating them by way of a 63-50 differential.
STAA took the lead early and never looked back as the guys in green and gold enter3d the locker room ahead 27-14. Jack Farley helped build that first half lead with a 15 point performance.
The two teams battled hard over the second with the Badgers taking a slight edge in the scoring 37-36.
Farley ended the night with a whale of a game, scoring 33 points. Teammate Tyler Stuart also had a whale of a game, just a slightly smaller whale, as he piled up 23 points. Christian Hornick chipped in seven.
Niagara was led by Alex Hagerty and Austin Hagerty both getting 12 points. Austin Tripp chipped in eight.
Cougars Claw Way To Win
The Coleman Cougars took a 55-49 victory over the visiting Oneida Nation Thunderhawks Tuesday night, but it wasn't easy as the Oneida boys kept pace all game long.
Were it not for Cole Woulf's 21 point evening the game may have turned out differently. Aaron Frazer also did his part with 16 points along the way while Payton nelson fired in 10.
The Thunderhawks were led by Seth Charles with 16 points and Richard Summers with 13. Jose Sanchez got eight.
Goodman-Pembine Posts Win Over Three Lakes
The Goodman-Pembine Patriots took a hard fought win over the Three Lakes crew Tuesday night 57-52.
"I was so proud of the guys for battling through a tough first half where we struggled with some fundamentals," said Patriot Head Coach John Swick. "But hit some shots to close within 5 at the half. We made some adjustments at the half with our tempo and mixed up the defenses well to fight back and then hold on in the end. It was nice to have some new guys step up and score and contribute on defense. Our free throw shooting hurt us down the stretch to make it closer than it needed to be.
Scoring leaders were Wyatt Marcy with 17 points and Evan Metras with 12 points. Gerald Kegley added 10 points while Alisha Heath posted 7 points.
Wagner Returns, Leads Marinette Past Lux-Casco
Following a 35-point loss to Mt. Horeb last week, the Marinette Marines bounced back with a 73-49 win over Luxemburg-Casco on Thursday, Jan. 4 behind 25 points from Matt Wagner.
Wagner was one of three Marines in double figures, helping lead the visiting Marines to a 50-29 halftime lead, with the team coasting to a win in the second half. Jake Poetzl and Tyler Fayta had 11 and 10, respectively.
Walker Stroming had nine, while Jordan Wendt scored seven, Matt Eldredge had six and Trey Bretl tallied five.
Luxemburg-Casco got 14 points from Nathan Coisman, with seven other Spartans getting their name in the scoresheet, though none had more than seven.
Luxemburg-Casco is now 1-7 on the season and 1-4 in conference play.
Maroon Comeback Falls Short at Rapid River
Menominee outscored Rapid River 28-23 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 14-point halftime deficit for the Maroons as they fell 61-52.
Menominee hung around in the first quarter, trailing 20-17 after one, but the second quarter is when the Rockets turned on the jets and the lead ballooned to 38-24 at half, which was too much for the Maroons to overcome.
Keagan Monroe did his best to keep Menominee in the game, getting 26 points to his name. Kyle Anderson had 11.
For Rapid River, Logan Hardwick, Tyler Sundling and Lucas Sundling did the majority of the scoring. The trio combined for 41 points, with Hardwick's 18 leading the way. Tyler Sundling had 13 and Lucas had 10.
Crivitz Builds Big First Half Lead, Downs Niagara 69-41
Crivitz soundly defeated Niagara on Friday, Jan. 5, with the Wolverines capitalizing on Travis Giese's big night to defeat the Badgers 69-41.
Giese had 26 points evenly spread throughout the game, leading all scorers. Teammates Jaden Werner hand Jakob Voss had 12 and 10 points.
The Wolverines came up big at the free throw line, making 18 of 22 free throws for a 77 percent clip, a stark contrast from the 3-8 (38 percent) shooting of Niagara.
Alex Hagerty led the home squad with 11 points and Austin Hagerty had seven in the second half to finish with nine.
Niagara Coach James Hoogland credited the Wolverines' defense after the game.
Crivitz came out and played a great half court defense," Hoogland said. "They kept changing defenses on us which kept us off balance. They are big and athletic."
Despite the lopsided score at the end of the game, the Badgers actually hung with the Wolverines in the second half.
After trailing 41-16 at the half, Crivitz won the second half by just three points.
"We played much better in the second half," Hoogland said.
Escanaba Too Much For Menomineee
The Escanaba Eskymos came into Menominee Monday, Jan. 8 and left with a commanding 30-point victory.
The Esykmos scored 87 points, with Austin Willette and Jared Nash leading the way with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Ryan Robinette was also in double figures with 13.
Menominee's Keagan Monroe continued to put points on the board despite the loss, as he dumped in another 23 points.
One issue with the Menominee offense was that they weren't able to get to the free throw line, attempting just one free throw all game, a miss.
Escanaba scored over 20 points in every quarter, never looking back after a 21-11 lead at the first break.
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