CG-Belgium sees double against Random Lake

Warriors run into Big East’s best and get blown out

SAM PEIFFER APPLIED defensive pressure against Caleb Weichart of Random Lake last Friday. The Rockets won, 55-44, the same score by which they beat the Rams last month. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Anyone who checked the scoreboard of the first meeting between the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School and Random Lake boys’ basketball teams would have seen double in the second.

The Rockets last Friday in the Big East Conference Tournament beat the Rams by the same score — 55-44 — as they did on Jan. 25 on the road.

The Rockets in the latter game got scoring from a couple of new sources. Jacob Peiffer scored a team-high 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting and Sam Peiffer had 11.

“Jacob had a real nice game, brought some energy in the paint,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said.

“Sam hit a big three in the corner and a pull-up jumper, gave us a jolt on offense.”

Forward Ethan Wonser added nine and guard Jeffrey Emperley had eight.

The Rams used hot shooting to grab a 29-26 lead at halftime, before the Rockets dialed up the defense.

“We didn’t match their intensity right off the bat,” Ketterhagen said.

“In the second half, our position was better. We didn’t give as much space on threes.”

Jacob Peiffer grabbed nine rebounds. Wonser had six and Sam Peiffer had five. Emperley dished out four assists.

The Rockets, 8-10 overall, were scheduled to host Mishicot on Wednesday for the second of three conference tournament games. They host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in a makeup game on Thursday and play at St. Mary Central in the final tournament game on Friday. They play at Two Rivers on Monday in another makeup game.

Warriors meet Big East measuring stick

Ozaukee dropped to 6-8 in the Big East when host Howards Grove routed the Warriors, 68-27, last Friday in the opening round of the conference tournament.

“Howards is the best team in the conference. Having five seniors that play as well as they do is tough to overcome,” coach Bob Domach said.

“Jack Baldwin is the most well-rounded player in the conference. He makes his whole team better.”

The Warriors trailed, 34-16, at halftime.

“That was the toughest defense that we will face all season long,” Domach said.

None of the Ozaukee players reached double digits in scoring. Noah Miller scored eight points and Mitch Weyker had seven.

The Tigers were led by Will Rautmann with 16 points. Blake Pedrin had 14, Gavin Winter had 12 and Jack Baldwin had 11.

Ozaukee, 8-9 overall, was scheduled to play Kohler on Wednesday.

The final round games of the Big East Conference Tournament are Saturday. Match-ups will be determined.

Correspondent Deb Hamm contributed to this article.

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