3 Teams Remain UnbeatenIssue Date: December 12, 2013
Crivitz Takes 3-0 Readout To Peshtigo (2-0) Friday; Rangers Knock Off STAA And Coleman
After three weeks of action on the M-O Conference hardwood courts, three teams remain unbeaten. After knocking off Gillett and Niagara behind a pair of big offensive performances from senior Ben Fischer, the Crivitz Wolverines lead the 9-team circuit with a 3-0 readout. Fischer netted 21 points in a 56-44 victory over Gillett then added 27 more in a 65-58 win over Niagara Monday.
The Wolverines (4-0, 3-0) will put their unbeaten mark on the line Friday night with a trip to three-time defending conference champion Peshtigo (4-0, 2-0). All the Bulldogs have done this past week was bop Bonduel in a non-league affair then level Lena Monday 86-24 for their 54th straight conference win.
Wausaukee (4-0, 2-0) is the third team sitting with a perfect record as the Rangers rolled to wins over STAA 59-43 and Coleman 74-40.
Other M-O clashes set for Friday, December 13 find STAA visiting Coleman, Wausaukee heading to Gillett and Suring taking the hike to Niagara.
Away From STAA
Running off a 20-5 fourth quarter spurt, the Rangers knocked off visiting STAA 59-43 Wausaukee held a 28-25 halftime spread and 39-38 after three frames before pulling away.
"I told the team before the game that some of our younger guys were going to have to come in and give us some minutes," said Rangers head coach John Ranallo. "Quentin (Ranallo) came in and gave some big minutes, so did Eric (Arndt). Conner Kempinski also did a good job for us. He can handle the ball and I expect him to help us out down the road."
The decisive fourth quarter saw the Rangers get 8 points from Aaron Schlies along with 4 each from Conner Kempinski, Zach Orlando and James Kramer.
After STAA knotted the score at 41-all on a 3 pointer by Kiefer Powers, Wausaukee went on a 10-0 surge as Schlies shook free for 4 buckets.
"I told the kids to hang in there. These are the kinds of games we want to be playing," Ranallo said. "We want to be playing these high-intensity games. I thought they worked for it tonight. It wasn 't smooth but they got it done."
Kramer finished with a game high 16 points for Wausaukee, 7 coming in the opening quarter, Schlies 16 including 8 in the second frame, Orlando 15 and Beau DeLaet 8.
Jameson Bardowski fired in 13 points for STAA and Kiefer Powers 12.
Free throws aided the Rangers, making 16 of 24 throws including 6-10 by Kramer and 3-4 by Schlies.
-Fischer Fires In 21
As Wolverines Win
With senior forward Ben Fischer tossing in a game high 21 points, Crivitz knocked off Gillett Friday night 56-44. Fischer tallied 7 points in the first quarter then capped his big night with 9 in the second half.
Colton Lange added 12 points, Jeremy Kralovetz 10 and Jacob Sawinski 4.
Holding a 28-21 halftime lead, Crivitz sealed the win with a 28-20 second half spurt.
Jacob Kasten topped Gillett with 16 points, 12 of those coming in the middle quarters. Dylan Roberts and Adam Werner netted 8 points each.
-Suring Slips Past
The Suring Eagles used a balanced scoring punch to knock off host Coleman Friday night 38-34. Tyler Fisher paced the Eagles with 14 points while Dillon Kempen and Josh Vollmer chipped in with 6 points each. The conference victory was the first for coach Jim Keefe.
Coleman used 6 points each from Zach Zeitler and Blake Ermis to build up a 22-18 halftime lead before Suring rallied for the win with a 20-12 second half spurt. In the third quarter Suring ran off a 9-2 surge, making 7 of 13 free throws.
Shots from the charity stripe proved vital in the fourth quarter as Suring connected on 11 of 18 tosses, including 4-8 by Kempen.
Ermis finished with 10 points for Coleman, Blake Margis added 8 while Zeitler and Brandon Pagel chipped in with 6 each.
-Walker Nets 20 As
Off Wildcats 67-39
Connecting on four 3-point shots, Zach Walker twirled the twine for 20 points as Niagara knocked off Lena 67-39. Walker dialed in on treys 3 times in the first quarter sparking the Badgers to an 18-5 lead. By halftime Walker registered 16 points to key a 38-14 lead.
Jacob Oratch added 14 points for Niagara while Joey Swanson and Brandon Holcomb tallied 9 each.
Hunter Borchert scored 10 points to lead Lena, Dalton Anderson added 9 and Nash Haney 8.
Niagara took a 58-23 lead into the fourth quarter before getting outscored 16-9.
The Wolverines overcame a 28-27 halftime deficit to turn back visiting Niagara Monday 65-58. Crivitz ran off a 20-13 third period surge then wrapped up the win with a 18-17 edge over the final 8 minutes.
Ben Fischer shook free for 27 points, 18 in the first half, Colton Lange added 19 points with 14 of those coming over the final two frames.
Kellen Stumbris and Jeremy Kralovetz added 7 points each for the winners.
Niagara was paced by a 32 point effort from Zach Walker, who hit on 10 two point shots, a trio of threes and 3-5 on free throws. Walker lit up the Crivitz defense for 15 points in the opening quarter then capped his performance with 10 over the final 8 minutes.
Adam Parent tallied 10 points, Joey Swanson 8 and Patrick Moreau 6.
-Bulldogs Blast Lena
For 54th M-O Win
With a trio of players making their way into double digit scoring, the Bulldogs had no trouble recording their 54th straight conference win with a 86-24 leveling of Lena. The opportunistic Peshtigo defense forced the young Lena crew into 23 turnovers while coming up with 18 steals.
Peshtigo took control early, racing to a 30-6 first quarter edge before padding the cushion to 54-14 at halftime. Over the final two frames, Peshtigo ran off a 32-10 spurt.
Jordan Berth fired in a game high 23 points and added 8 rebounds and 6 steals. Zach Neumann netted 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals while Gunner Kinney chipped in with 16 points and 3 steals.
Shooting with some confidence up and down the lineup, the Bulldogs connected on 64% of their field goal attempts (34-53), including 9-20 on three pointers. Off the backboards Peshtigo held a 31-11 edge, 16 of those boards coming on the offensive end.
A 15-0 run in the opening quarter stretched the Peshtigo lead to 19-2 as Kinney canned a trey and two pointer, Berth a pair of layups while Darius Dohl, Levi Sanborn and Brendon Thomas connected for buckets.
Neumann shouldered the scoring load in period two firing in 12 points on four treys and Kris VanSickle added a three point shot for a commanding 54-14 halftime lead. The best play for Lena in the frame came in the closing seconds as 51 Dalton Anderson beat the buzzer with a 30-footer.
Sophomore southpaw Nash Haney netted 13 points for Lena while freshman Hunter Borchert added 7.
Peshtigo won the jayvee game 52-17 as Justin Thill scored 13 points.
-Rangers Run Past
Forcing a fast paced affair early on, the Wausaukee Rangers wore down host Coleman Monday 74-40. The Rangers owned a 37-22 halftime lead then wrapped up the victory with a 37-18 second half charge.
Zach Orlando topped a 9-player scoring punch with 17 points, James Kramer and Austin Guarniere added 12 each while Aaron Schlies tallied 8.
Orlando opened the game with the hot hand, connecting on a trio of treys and 13 points in the first frame. Guarniere added 6 in the quarter while Kramer tallied 8 in period two.
Blake Margis topped Coleman with 15 points, 8 in the first quarter while Brandon Pagel added 8.
Dylan Roberts scored 25 points as Gillett knocked off visiting Suring 50-40. The Tigers trailed 10-6 at the first break but rallied to go up 19-15 at intermission. After Suring closed within 29-28 at the end of three frames, Gillett earned the win with a 23-12 fourth quarter run.
Cleo VanBellinger topped Suring with 11 points.
-Non League Results-
Racing to a commanding 36-19 halftime lead, the Peshtigo Bulldogs had no trouble notching a 64-49 road win over Bonduel Friday. Peshtigo built up a 54-34 spread after three frames before Bonduel rallied over the final 8 minutes 15-10.
Zach Neumann drilled in four 3-point shots for a game high 19 points, Jordan Berth added 16, Darius Dohl 13 and Gunner Kinney 6 for the Bulldogs.
Peshtigo made 24 of 52 shot (46%) but only 6 of 19 attempts from behind the 3-point arc. Off the backboards, the Bulldogs owned a 30-12 edge with Berth hauling down 15 rebounds, including 5 offensive.
Colton Dobratz topped Bonduel with 12 points.
In the jayvee game, Peshtigo won 47-43 as Tyler Marquardt poured in 19 points.
Kiefer Powers and Jameson Bardowski connected for 22 and 21 points respectively as STAA stepped off the M-O hardwood courts to flatten Florence 79-63 Monday.
After falling behind 19-15 at the first break, STAA rallied to grab a 35-33 edge at halftime. Coach Rick Powers saw his troops extend the lead to 60-44 at the end of three periods before both teams netted 19 points in the fourth frame.
Kiefer Powers rimmed in 7 two pointers and a pair of treys, Bardowski added 4 twos and 4 threes, Casey Boyle chipped in with 13 points and Varan Vasant 9.
In the jayvee game, STAA fell 63-53 despite 15 points from Sam Hart, 13 by Austin Zorn and 12 from Eric Powers.
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