Cavaliers Surprise Suring On Opening Night, Bulldogs Roll
Looking for one of their better hardwood campaigns in recent memory, the STAA Cavaliers opened up M-O Conference play with a lopsided 64-38 home win over visiting Suring Tuesday. Now 2-0 overall, the Cavaliers used a pair of huge scoring spurts 18-7 in period two and 17-5 in the third frame to pull off the win.
Elsewhere in league play, three-time defending champion Peshtigo (2-0, 1-0) stretched its conference winning streak to 53 games with a 57-6 win over host Niagara, Crivitz knocked off Coleman 33-24 and Gillett leveled Lena 65-27.
Jameson Bardowski netted 22 points and Kiefer Powers 19 as the Cavaliers defeated Suring for the first time in five years 64-38.
After claiming a 17-14 lead a the first break, the Cavvies extended the upper hand to 35-21 by halftime. Bardowski, Powers and Mike Schmidt drilled treys in the first half to power the offense.
Coming out of the halftime break, Suring matched STAA 12-12 in period three before the hosts unloaded a game ending 17-5 surge.
Bardowski and Powers collected 5 steals each while Varan Vasant added 10 points.
Dillon Kempen and Tyler Fisher fired in 14 and 13 points for Suring.
STAA made it a clean sweep with a 55-28 jayvee win.
Peshtigo Defense Shines
In 57-6 Win Over Niagara
Allowing just one bucket the entire game, the Bulldogs had no trouble notching their 53rd straight M-O win with a 57-6 whipping of Niagara. Peshtigo was up 10-zip at the first break and 29-3 by intermission. Over the final two frames, the Bulldogs held the upper hand at 16-3 and 12-0.
Great halfcourt defense combined with very cold shooting tells the story, Niagara coach Jim Hoogland said.
Jordan Berth topped the Bulldogs with 18 points and 6 rebounds, Zach Neumann 13 points and 7 boards, Darius Dohl 9 points and Logan Noffke 6.
The Bulldogs connected on 20 of 51 field goals (39%), but just 2 of 18 three pointers. On the defensive end of the floor, Peshtigo came up with 19 steals, held a 26-20 rebounding edge and turned the ball over just 5 times.
Niagara made 2 of 17 shots (12%) and committed 31 miscues. Adam Parent scored 4 points for Niagara, including a second quarter trey while Zach Walker added a third quarter basket.
Peshtigo claimed the jayvee game 64-29 as Tyler Marquardt tallied 25 points and Justin Thill 15.
Ben Fischer scored 15 points and Colton Lange 12 to lead Crivitz to a 33-24 win over Coleman in a slowdown affair Tuesday. The Wolverines grabbed a 13-4 lead at the first break and made that stand up the rest of the way as both teams netted 20 points over the final 3 frames. Crivitz held a 27-17 spread after three frames before Blake Margis tallied 5 points in a 7-6 fourth quarter run by Coleman.
Fischer found the mark on 7 of 11 free throws while scoring 7 points in the first quarter. Lange went 1-5 from the charity stripe and tallied 7 points in period three.
Blaine Ermis paced Coleman with 6 points, Brandon Pagel and Margis added 5 each.
Fast Start Keys
65-27 Gillett Win
Holding the upper hand in every quarter, the Gillett Tigers roared to a 65-27 conference win over Lena. Gillett was up 28-4 at the first break and 40-13 by intermission. Over the final two frames, the Tigers held a 25-15 edge.
Dan Torres topped Gillett with 17 points, Evan Bubolz and Dylan Roberts added 13, and Matt Peterson 12.
Hunter Borchert fired in 13 points for Lena.
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Powers And Cavaliers
Whip White Lake 78-40
With senior guard Kiefer Powers pumping in a game high 32 points and 10 players scoring, the STAA Cavaliers opened their season on a winning note with a 78-40 whipping of White Lake.
Powers connected for 11 field goals in the rout, including a trio of threes, while going 7-9 on free throws. Powers was at his best in the middle frames shredding the Laker defense for 16 points in period two and 8 in the third quarter.
Jameson Bardowski was the number two scorer for STAA with 12 points, Evan Beranek added 7, Varan Vasant and Robbie Paul 6 points each.
Applying fullcourt pressure from the start, the Cavaliers forced White Lake into numerous turnovers while opening the game on a 12-0 start. By the end of period one, STAA was up 18-4 and never threatened. Continuing to sub in during the second frame, the Cavaliers went on a 31-16 surge to enjoy a comfortable 49-20 halftime lead.
Over the final two periods, STAA held a 29-20 scoring edge as Powers scored 12 points and Paul 6.
Crivitz Earns 49-20
Opening Win Rebels
With Ben Fischer shaking free for 16 points and Colton Lange 12, Crivitz held the upper hand throughout to claim a 49-28 victory over visiting Laona-Wabeno Thursday.
The Wolverines used 4 points by Lange and 3 from Fischer to grab a 9-6 lead at the first break. Fischer netted 7 points to key a 14-8 second quarter spurt while a pair of three point shots by Jeremy Kralovetz gave the Wolverines a 37-20 edge after three frames. In the fourth quarter, Crivitz closed things out with a 12-8 run as Jacob Sawinski tallied 4 points, Micah Sessler, Lange, Kralovetz and Fischer two points each.
The Wolverines hit on 12 of 17 free throws, including a 6-8 effort by Lange, 3-3 from Fischer and 2-2 by Sawinski.
Austin Andrews topped Laona-Wabeno with 14 points, 8 in the first half while Cooper Chrisman added 8.
Kempen Connects For
32 In Suring OT Victory
Senior guard Dillon Kempen looked in mid-season form after pouring in 32 points to key a 56-54 overtime victory over Oconto Falls Thursday. Kempen did most of his damage from the free throw line, making 17 of 22 throws to go along with 6 two point baskets and one three.
Tyler Fisher and Creo VanBellinger fired in 8 points each while Josh Vollmar added 6.
Riley Gruetzmacher topped Oconto Falls with 15 points and Jordan Koppo scored 8.
The nip and tuck hardwood tussle saw the Eagles lead 9-6 at the first break and 26-21 by intermission. Oconto Falls closed within 34-30 after three periods before knotting things up at 50-all.
In the 4 minute extra session, Suring used a bucket by John Christensen along with 4 free throws from Kempen to earn the win.
Niagara Knocked Off
Running off a 31-23 second half surge, the Goodman-Pembine Patriots topped visiting Niagara 62-49. The Patriots held a slim 29-26 halftime lead before taking control with a 15-5 third quarter scoring advantage.
Austin Glanzer topped the Patriots with 18 points, Trent Heath 15 while Alex Whitt added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Heath found the mark on a pair of three point shots while Whitt and Glanzer added one each.
Joey Swanson topped Niagara with 24 points and Adam Parent netted 13.
Rangers Run Past
Rebels In Rout
Unleashing a fast paced tempo from the opening tip, the Wausaukee Rangers had no trouble knocking off visiting Laona-Wabeno Monday night 67-30. A total of 10 cagers made their way into the scoring column, highlighted by Aaron Schlies with 14 points, James Kramer 12 and Austin Guarniere 11.
Crashing the boards on both ends of the court relentlessly, Wausaukee busted out to a commanding 17-4 first quarter lead. Schlies and Kramer netted 4 points each while Zach Orlando fired in the first of a trio of threes.
Continuing to wear down the Rebels, Wausaukee padded its lead to 43-6 by halftime as Kramer shook free for 8 points, Guarniere 7 while Orlando and Beau DeLaet dialed in on three point bombs.
The Rebels managed a 13-10 edge in the third frame on six points from Colby Harrison and 4 by Austin Andrews.
Over the final 8 minutes, the Rangers saw Schlies and Orlando drain threes in a 14-11 closing run.
Orlando and DeLaet chipped in with 9 points each for the Rangers.
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