Bulldogs Continue Winning Ways
3 Victories Lift League Mark To 11-0; Travel To Wausaukee Tuesday
The Peshtigo Bulldogs continued their winning ways with three more M-O Conference victories. Sporting a 15-1 overall readout and 11-0 in the M-O, Peshtigo registered wins over Lena 72-19, Coleman 77-39 and Crivitz 69-39 to stay one game ahead of second place Wausaukee.
Senior standouts Zach Neumann (67) and Jordan Berth (53) shouldered the offensive load for the Bulldogs combining for 120 points as both cagers inch closer to the elite 1,000 point mark.
Coach John Ranallos Rangers also chalked up a trio of wins, besting Coleman 76-36, Crivitz 52-37 and Gillett 49-35.
Crivitz sits in third place with an 8-4 mark while STAA moved to 7-3 with a 63-40 Tuesday win over Coleman.
The 9-team circuit will hit the conference hardwood courts twice this week with a full slate of games on Friday and Tuesday. Peshtigo entertains Suring Friday while Wausaukee hits the road for a trip to Niagara. The key game of the week is scheduled for Tuesday when the Bulldogs take their league leading mark to Wausaukee (14-2, 10-1) for a 7:15pm tip-off.
Paced by another huge game from standouts, Jordan Berth and Zach Neumann, the Peshtigo Bulldogs overcame an early 6-2 deficit to level host Lena 72-19.
Hitting on 8 of 15 shots, Berth battered the Lena cagers for 22 points, 8 rebounds and 8 steals while Neumann made 7 of 19 shots for 19 points while hauling down 9 rebounds.
The league leading Bulldogs had 9 other players register points as Gunner Kinney and AJ Woller tallied 6 each while Kris VanSickle scored 5.
Lena had only three players score...Hunter Borchert netted 10, Dalton Anderson 6 and Ben Keller 3.
After Berth grabbed one of his 6 offensive rebounds and scored, Lena used 3 point shots from Anderson and Borchert to pry open a 6-2 lead at the 6:07 mark.
The lead was short-lived as Peshtigo closed out the quarter on a 13-0 run. Switching to their patented 1-3-1 halfcourt trap, the Bulldogs came up with numerous steals and layups to enjoy a 15-6 lead. Neumann totaled 10 points in the quarter, including a three pointer and a trio of two point buckets.
Staying in the 1-3-1 defense to open period two, the Bulldogs saw Woller score following an offensive rebound while Berth hit the front end of a two shot foul for an 18-6 edge (6:57). Anderson drilled a trey to cut the deficit in half before VanSickle came off the bench to cash in on a three pointer and Berth added 7 points to extend the upper hand to 28-12 (3:59).
Three point shots by Neumann (3:17) and Berth (1:34) along with a steal and layup by Kinney sparked the Bulldogs to a 40-14 halftime cushion.
As stingy as Peshtigos defense was in the first half, it got better in the third frame holding Lena scoreless. The Bulldogs added 26 more points to their side of the board with Neumann netting 9 and Berth 6.
With reserves seeing plenty of playing time in the fourth period, Peshtigo closed out the rout on a 6-5 run.
The Bulldogs finished with a 28-67 shooting mark (41%), but just 4-20 on threes. Peshtigo dominated the rebounding stat 39-16 with 23 boards coming on the offensive end. The pesky Peshtigo defense forced Lena into 29 turnovers and registered 23 steals.
In the jayvee game, Peshtigo claimed a 53-17 win behind 12 points from Justin Thill.
-Rangers Start Fast
To Clobber Coleman
Tossing in 44 points in the first half, the Rangers never looked back in routing visiting Coleman 76-36. Three Wausaukee cagers finished in double figure scoring, highlighted by a 24 point performance from sharp shooting guard Zach Orlando, 21 of those coming in the first half. The long range bombing Ranger found the mark six times on 11 shots from behind the arc and was 3-3 on shots inside the arc.
Following Orlandos game high total of 24 were Aaron Schlies with 16 points on 8-10 shooting, Beau DeLaet 13, James Kramer 7 and Austin Guarniere 6. DeLaet went 5-7 from the field, including 3-4 on treys.
We came out of the gate a little slow, but caught fire and got up early 44-18 in the first half. Zach and Beau really shot the ball well while Eric Arndt played some great defense again as well, Wausaukee coach John Ranallo said.
Pushing the ball from the opening tip, the Rangers tallied 21 points in the first quarter as Orlando drilled a trio of threes and finished with 13 in the frame while Schlies added 6. Orlando continued his hot shooting with two more threes in period two, DeLaet added one trey while Kramer and Schlies chipped in with 4 points each for a 44-18 lead.
Not letting down in period three, Wausaukee tacked on a 20-12 surge highlighted by threes from Orlando and DeLaet for a comfortable 64-30 spread. The final 8 minutes saw Wausaukee unload a 19-6 surge as DeLaet twirled the twine for the third time behind the arc.
Blake Margis scored 17 points to lead Coleman, 10 coming in the second half, Brandon Pagel added 11 while Blaine Ermis and Miguel Faudoa chipped in with 4 points each.
-Crivitz Claims Road
Win Over Niagara
With Ben Fischer returning to the lineup and scoring 14 points, the Wolverines posted a 55-26 win at Niagara Thursday. The Crivitz defense forced Niagara into 25 turnovers, leading to many easy baskets.
After sitting out the last three games with a hamstring injury, Fischer scored 7 points in the first quarter and 5 in the second half to key Crivitz. Jeremy Kralovetz tallied 10 points, Blaine Bauer 7 and Colton Lange 6.
The Wolverines connected on 23 of 52 shots and held a 30-22 rebounding edge.
Joey Swanson paced Niagara with 9 points while Patrick Moreau, Dylan Pultz and Adam Parent netted 4 points each.
We just could not put the ball in the hole and combined with 25 turnovers lead to a low scoring output. I thought we played good enough defense to win, Niagara coach Jim Hoogland said.
A low scoring first half saw the Wolverines take a 20-12 lead into the locker room as Fischer hit for a pair of buckets and 5-6 free throws. Crivitz used three point shots by Kralovetz and Bauer to go up 29-19 heading into the final quarter.
Down the stretch the Wolverines saw 9 players register points to key a 26-7 closing run. Lange fired in 6 points in the closing surge while cody Bates, Jake Sawinski and Atwood tallied 4 each.
Niagara fired at a cool 26% mark (9-34) and saw Moreau haul down 7 rebounds.
In a battle of Oconto County cage teams, host Suring slipped past Gillett 55-44. The Eagles made their move in the opening half earning a 35-24 lead. Over the final two periods, both teams fired in 20 points.
Dillon Kempen topped Suring with 17 points, including 9-13 free throws, Creo VanBellinger added 16 points and Tyler Fisher 13. VanBellinger connected for 14 points in the first half, Kempen 10 and Fisher added 8 over the final two frames.
Suring finished with a 21-30 free throw effort, 9-14 in the fourth quarter.
Dylan Roberts paced Gillett with 17 points, 8 in the opening quarter, while Jake Kasten and Daniel Torres netted 11 points each.
The one-two punch of Zach Neumann and Jordan Berth struck again, combining for 40 points as Peshtigo pounded host Coleman 77-39 in a makeup game Saturday night for its 62nd straight M-O win.
Coleman gave the Bulldogs some fits early as Blake Margis netted a trio of buckets for 6 points to keep his mate within striking distance at the break 14-9. The Bulldogs used three point shots from AJ Woller and Gunner Kinney along with 4 points by Berth to stay in the lead.
Period two saw the Peshtigo attack get rolling as Berth tallied 9 points and Neumann fired in 8 to key a 22-4 run. Woller connected from behind the stripe again and Brendon Thomas drilled a pair of free throws.
The Bulldogs continued to dominate on both ends of the court with a 26-12 run. Neumann shredded the Cougars defense for 14 points, including a trio of three point shots. Berth worked his way for 5 points and Kris VanSickle added a trey for a 62-25 spread.
Margis scored 7 points and Zach Zeitler 5 as both players tallied treys.
With the outcome no longer in doubt, the Bulldogs closed out the Saturday win with a 15-14 spurt. Kinney and Andrew Majewski hit for three pointers while Darius Dohl added a basket and free throw.
Neumann paced Peshtigo with 22 points on 5 treys and a trio of two point shots. Berth scored 18 while Kinney and Woller registered 8 points each.
Margis topped Coleman with 17 points and Zeitler added 9.
Both teams shot the ball well as Peshtigo was 27-53 from the field (51%) and Coleman 16-40 (40%). Peshtigo held a 29-19 rebounding edge while the forcing 20 turnovers, resulting in 16 steals.
In the jayvee game, Peshtigo claimed a 45-36 win as Tyler Marquardt scored 18 points.
Past Crivitz 52-37
In a closely contested rivalry clash Saturday night, the visiting Rangers registered a thrilling 52-37 conference win at Crivitz. Wausaukee owned leads of 25-20 at halftime, 37-29 after three periods before sealing the win with a 15-8 closing run.
I was pleased with our defensive intensity for most of the game. Offensively we attacked the hoop well, just struggled from the line all night. Zach Orlando and Beau DeLaet carried us offensively, James Kramer gave us big points and defense off the bench, Conner Kempinski also provided a big spark for us with his activity at the point position, Ranger boss John Ranallo said. This was a good road win.
Zach Orlando fired in 15 points to lead the Rangers, Beau DeLaet added 14 while Aaron Schlies and James Kramer chipped in with 8 points each.
Colton Lange topped the Crivitz scoring chart with 15 points, 10 coming in the second half. Ben Fischer added 9 points and Jeremy Kralovetz 7.
Orlando drilled a pair of three point shots to spark the Rangers to an 11-7 first quarter edge. Both teams picked up the tempo in the second frame as Wausaukee got 4 points from DeLaet along with a key three by Conner Kempinski to move in front 25-20. Crivitz relied on some long range shooting as Lange, Kralovetz and Fischer all connected from three point land in the quarter.
Orlando tallied 5 points in the third frame on a trey and basket, James Kramer chipped in with a pair of buckets while DeLaet beat the buzzer with a three pointer for a 37-29 lead.
The final 8 minutes turned into a free throw affair as Crivitz was forced to foul with Rangers making their way to the line. Wausaukee went to the foul line 16 times in the fourth quarter, making 9 tosses, including 4-4 by Schlies an 3-6 by DeLaet.
It was a back and forth game throughout. Wausaukee hit a late three in the second quarter then added a late three to end period three. That one hurt as we battled back within one point in the quarter, but ended up down 8. Wausaukee also scored the first bucket of the fourth and towards the end we were forced to foul, Crivitz coach Jeff Baumann said.
The Rangers had an opportunity to extend the lead throughout the game, but only hit on 11 of 25 free throws.
Looking back on the game, Baumann added... "our defense was good for the most part, gave up a few easy buckets. Wausaukee is a high scoring team and they were still in the 30s after three periods. Offensively we were able to get the ball inside, but couldnt convert.
Crivitz finished with a 2-7 free throw mark.
Clip Crivitz 69-39
With Zach Neumann connecting six times from behind the arc and 26 points, the Bulldogs had no trouble knocking off host Crivitz 69-39. Peshtigo opened the game on a 16-0 run and built up a comfortable 29-15 halftime lead.
Jordan Berth and AJ Woller chipped in with 13 points each while Logan Noffke added 7.
Neumann tallied 11 points in the first half, including a trio of treys, while tacking on 12 more points in period three to key a 26-7 surge for a 55-22 spread.
With the game out of reach, Crivitz ran off a 17-14 edge over the final 8 minutes.
Kershaw Stumbris paced Crivitz with 8 points, Jeremy Kralovetz and Jacob Sawinski added 7 each and Ben Fischer 6.
Top Gillett 49-35
Aaron Schlies netted 22 points and Zach Orlando 17 as Wausaukee overcame a sluggish performance to turn back Gillett 49-35. The Rangers held the scoring edge in every quarter but couldnt put the Tigers away.
Gillett came to play and we were a bit slow all night. Give credit to Gillett, they were ready to play, Wausaukee coach John Ranallo said.
Orlando hit on four treys for 12 points in the first half and Schlies added 11 as the Rangers built up a 25-13 lead. Both teams tallied 10 points in period three before Schlies sparked a 14-12 fourth quarter surge with 9 points, including a trey.
After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Jake Kasten topped Gillett with 12 points.
Nine players produced points as the Cavaliers broke away from an 11-11 first quarter deadlock to clip Coleman 63-40. The Cougars were up 10-3 before STAA rallied to get even.
Casey Boyle topped STAA with 13 points, Jameson Bardowski and Mitchell Harvey added 11, Mike Schmidt 7 while Kiefer Powers and Brennan Bardowski scored 6 each.
STAA owned a 27-22 halftime lead before taking control with a 26-12 third quarter spurt.
Blake Margis scored 15 points to pace Coleman, Austin Malecki added 9 points with 6 coming in the opening frame.
Coleman claimed the jayvee game 48-46.
Taking control from the start, the Suring Eagles blasted visiting Niagara 59-26. John Horst scored 18 points to lead the winners, 13 of those coming in the first half. Tyler Fisher added 15 points, Dillon Kempen 14 and Creo VanBellinger 7.
Suring enjoyed a 35-17 halftime spread then wrapped up the win with a 24-9 second half charge.
A trio of Badgers finished with 7 points each...Patrick Moreau, Dyllan Pultz and Adam Parent.
-Non League Results-
Twin City Eagles
With 10 players making their way into the scoring column, the Cavaliers had no trouble routing the Twin City Eagles Thursday 86-54. The high scoring hardwood clash saw the Cavaliers own a 41-29 halftime lead before unloading a 45-25 second half charge.
Leading the way for STAA were a trio of cagers in double figure scoring...Kiefer Powers 17 points, Jameson Bardowski 16 and Mike Schmidt 12.
Also enjoying big games were Evan Beranek with 9 points, Mitchell Harvey and Varan Vasant 8 points each while Casey Boyle netted 6.
Jon Tates topped Twin City with 17 points, Brandon Fronek added 14 and Drew DeGaynor 12.
Jameson Bardowski connected for 23 points and Kiefer Powers added 18 as the Cavaliers clobbered Stockbridge Saturday 76-59. Bardowski tossed in 4 three point shots, Powers added 3 while Mike Schmidt tallied one.
Brennan Bardowski and Casey Boyle netted 8 points while Schmidt tallied 7.
Tyler Fisher enjoyed a career outing with 30 points in leading the Suring Eagles to a 73-22 win over White Lake. Fisher connected on 14 baskets in the game and added 2-5 free throws. He tallied 17 points in the second quarter to key a 32-6 surge.
Suring jumped out to a 24-4 first quarter lead and upped the margin to 56-10 by intermission.
Creo VanBellinger added 18 points, 11 in period two, Josh Vollmar 8 and Dillon Kempen 7.
Lena Loses To
Trailing 38-23 at halftime, Lena (1-15) closed the gap to 50-43 after three periods before suffering a 68-57 loss at Tigerton (4-11).
Hunter Borchert fired in 16 points for the Wildcats, Dalton Anderson 15 and Nash Haney 13.
Woodrow Nelson netted 36 points for the winners, 22 in the first half and 10 in the fourth quarter.
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