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Peshtigo Has Strong Week With Two Wins

Issue Date: December 6, 2018

Peshtigo Offensive Explosion Too Much for Menominee

As they say, sometimes the best offense is a good defense.

That was the case for the Peshtigo Bulldogs on Monday, as Peshtigo nearly got into triple digits against Menominee, beating the Maroons 97-47.

Peshtigo kept the pressure on from the start, putting on a press and locking things down once the Maroons got up the court.

"I didn't think the press hurt us too bad, I just think that they're very sound defensively and they made us make a whole lot of passes if we were going to get a good shot off and eventually, somewhere in that progression, we were able to break down and turn the ball over," Menominee coach Sam Larson said, noting that a lot of his team's offense came from the perimeter. "They're just very sound, their help side is phenomenal, they're physical, they get up into you, they never give up any dribble penetration, so we were just having a tough time."

The Bulldogs forced 24 turnovers, including 15 steals, with their aggressive brand of defense forcing Menominee into 4-for-23 shooting (17 percent) from beyond the arc and 32 percent overall.

For a team that hasn't shot the ball well so far this season, shooting 23 deep balls wasn't a good sign for the Maroons.

"That's two games in a row now we haven't shot particularly well from the outside and those days will happen," Larson said. "I'm hoping we'll shoot better as the season goes on, but if we're not going to, we have to be able to rely on ourselves on the defensive end and we weren't able to do that tonight."

For Peshtigo, it was a strong defensive night and things were undoubtedly positive in the locker room, but there are still things to be worked on, coach Nate Motkowski said.

"I was happy with the turnovers we forced that turned into easy points," he said. "There's still some stuff on the other end that we need to clean up. We got beat to the basket a couple times, we got backdoored a couple times, so there's a couple things that we still need to get better at."

Overall, he won't complain too much about a 50-point win, however. Especially when it comes in the way Monday's win did.

12 players scored for Peshtigo, with five finishing in double figures. It was as evenly-spread an offensive performance as Motkowski could have hoped for, led by Mitchell VanVooren (19), Cameron Noffke (12), Trent Carriveau (11), Reid Marquart (11) and Cade Tackmier (10).

"I'm really happy with how balanced we were. Nobody was selfish," Motkowski said. "In a game like that, it's easy to try and get yourself some easy baskets, but I don't think you can look at a scorebook and see a more balanced lineup. We had everybody but one guy score, so I was really happy with everyone overall offensively."

Peshtigo shot 51 percent from the field (37-72). When the Bulldogs missed shots, they often got an extra opportunity, with 14 offensive boards. Overall, they out-rebounded the Maroons 41-20 and shot 19 more free throws, finishing 20-for-32 as a team.

"Peshtigo's an aggressive ballclub. They try to drive into the paint and they're a little more physical than anything we've seen in practice or in past games, so credit to them," Larson said.

His Maroons were led on the scoresheet by Brock Barrette, who finished with 10. Keagan Monroe added nine.



Marines Come From Behind To Beat Mustangs

Jake Poetzl dropped a 30-spot to help the Marinette Marines defeat the Little Chute Mustangs on Friday, 61-58.

The Marines' all-time leading scorer had nearly half of his team's points in the win. Little Chute did a good job of keeping him at bay on the perimeter, but he got his work done in the paint.

"They had some quicker guys so it was harder for me to get around and they were really packing it in so it was hard for me to drive and get those looks," Poetzl said. "But I feel like if I post up inside about five feet from the basket, I feel like I can make a move or two to be able to free myself up to get a good look."

Despite his 17 points in the first half, Marinette went into halftime down 33-27. They trailed by as many as 12 in the second half, but Marinette hung tough, tying the game up in the nick of time. They cut the lead to a bucket with eight minutes to play and tied things at 55.

Poetzl kept rolling late into the game and Marinette got the 61-55 win. The Marines didn't make any massive adjustments down the stretch, but they were able to cut off some passes and lock down a bit on the defensive end.

"We want to be known for defense, especially me personally," Poetzl said. "A lot of people always say that I don't play defense and stuff so I want to make that a personal challenge for me to really step up and be a good defensive player for our team because I know that if I play good defense, it's going to help our team and hopefully that gives guys the energy to play good defense as well."

It was perhaps his best game of the season, despite playing some pretty good ballgames so far this season.

"This is, in my opinion, by far, Jake's best game so far this year," Marinette coach Matt Joost said. "He led our team the entire way, he played hard on defense, he challenged himself before the game to score inside more and be a force that we all know he can be and he knows he can be."

Poetzl wasn't the only player that locked down on defense. Trey Bretl, Rylie Nelson and Tyler Fayta had good defensive games, Joost said.

Fayta lined up across from Noah Mueller, perhaps Little Chute's most dangerous offensive weapon, limiting him to six points in the first half and 11 overall.

"Tyler was tasked on Nolan Mueller tonight and he did a great job on him and he limited him very well, especially in that first half," Joost said. "I think if he would have gotten going in that first half, it would have been a lot more than six, so Tyler did a great job."

Matt Wagner got into some foul trouble with two early ones, but he finished with 14 for the Marines as well. With high aspirations for 2018-19, Friday's win was a big one for Marinette.

"They're a great team, but we're looking to go undefeated this year in conference, so that's one step forward for us in conference," Poetzl said.

Marinette travels to Little Chute on Jan. 22 for a rematch.

"Little Chute's a great team and there's a lot of teams this year in our conference this year that can win it," Joost said. "It's kind of a wide-open field and a really good conference. When we go down to Little Chute later in the year, I expect it to be very similar."



Low Scoring Game Sees Patriots The Victor

The Niagara Badgers hosted the Goodman-Pembine Patriots last Thursday and were handed a 37-32 point loss to the Patriots.

The game was close throughout as the Badgers kept pace with the Patriots over the first half 16-13 with the Patriots holding the edge.

"We played very hard on defense, " said Niagara head coach Jim Hoogland. "Josh Weber played great defense on Nelsen holding him to 8 points. Our shot selections and offensive awareness has to improve."

With a 21 point push during the second half the Patriots got all they needed to put this one away while the Badgers were held to 19 over the closing frame.

Tristan DeJardin led the way for the Badgers as well as taking top scoring honors with 13 points, his three first half three pointers gave the Badgers an early spark.

Caleb Nelsen led the Patriots with eight points.



Coleman Drops Heart Breaker to Wittenberg-Birnamwood

The Coleman Cougars were unable to bring home the bacon, so to speak, Friday night as they fell by way of a one point differential to Wittenberg-Birnamwood 61-60.

No one enjoys losing, but when its as close as this one it seems to hurt twice maybe even "trhice" as bad. One point, just one point stopped the Cougars from declaring a victory.

It was close from the start with neither of the teams letting the other find much of any edge. In fact t at the half Coleman was down by just one basket 31-29.

The knotted upscale carried through the second frame with Coleman falling short by one basket.

Coleman's Payton Nelson and Wittenberg Birnamwood's Kody Szews both scored 25 points to share top scoring honors.

Nelsen was followed by teammte



Bulldogs Pull Away From Blue Devils for Conference Win

The Oconto Blue Devils fought hard, but they couldn't match the firepower of the Peshtigo Bulldogs on Saturday.

The Bulldogs outscored the Devils 41 to 24 in the first half to coast to a 20-point win despite a tougher second half from the hosts.

Peshtigo went 30-for-56 from the field and dumped in 17 of their 23 free throws in the game. Oconto was 21-for-48 from the field.

The Bulldogs again used balanced scoring to get the win, with 12 different players scoring and only two in double figures.

Trent Carriveau had a team-high 16 on 6-of-8 shooting. Nathan Goneau had 11. Damon Jones was third on the team with nine. That spread-out scoring has been a plus for a deep Bulldogs squad this season.

"We had some guys come off the bench and I thought they brought a different kind of energy and a different kind of style," Bulldogs coach Nate Motkowski said. "That just kind of cranked up the tempo and it played out in our favor."

Caleb Moe and Josh Woller each had 16 points for the Blue Devils. Zach Sherman added 11.

"We expected it to be a battle," Motkowski said. "I thought some of their top guys played really well. They didn't back down at all. They played a tough game all the way through and I was happy with how guys stepped up and made sure the game was in our favor at all times."

Maroons Ground Eagles In Overtime

Menominee battled to force overtime and dominated Stephenson in the final period to defeat the Eagles 60-52 on Friday.

The Maroons trailed by four points after the first quarter, then played even over the next two quarters, 11-to-11 and 9-to-9. With an 18-point fourth quarter, Menominee took things to overtime.

In the extra period, Menominee scored 10 points, while Stephenson was held to just two points.

Keagan Monroe scored 22 points to lead the Maroons. Keaton Uecke had a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Aiden Bellisle scored 11 points.

The game's high scorer was Stephenson's Joey Startzynski with 24.


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