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Cedar Grove-Belgium boys pull away with balanced attack; girls go one up, one down in last week’s action

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Ethan Wonser (center) and Jacob Peiffer battled for a loose ball in a loss to Sheboygan Lutheran last Thursday. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

With the score tied late and a risk of losing two games in a row, the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School boys’ basketball team turned it on.

The Rockets ended Monday’s contest against Milwaukee Collegiate Academy on a 16-10 run in the final five minutes to pull out a 68-62 victory.

Senior forward Aaron Veldhorst, who led the team with 21 points, hit a three-pointer from the corner that extended the Rockets lead to 58-52, and they hit enough free throws and played good defense to hang on.

“We kind of pulled away at the end,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said.

Veldhorst shot 6-for-8 from the field, 2-for-4 on three-pointers and was 7-for-7 at the free throw line.

“Aaron played really well. He shot the ball really well tonight,” Ketterhagen said.

Behind Veldhorst, a host of Rockets contributed points.  Matthew Voskuil had 13, Michael Navis 12, Ethan Wonser 11 and Jeffery Emperly nine.

“Anytime you can get four other kids basically with 10 points, it’s a great distribution. All four of those kids all stepped up and pitched in baskets,” Ketterhagen said.

Veldhorst and Wonser each had seven rebounds, and Navis had five. Navis had seven assists, and he and Emperly each made four steals.

The Rockets led, 35-32, at halftime and survived a drought in the second half.

“I thought we overall took care of the ball in the second half pretty well. They went to a zone and we went a good long stretch without scoring. We recovered from that and pulled it out,” Ketterhagen said.

It was a drastically different game than last Thursday against Sheboygan Lutheran.

The Rockets fell behind, 37-19, in the first half and never recovered in an 82-44 loss.

Junior forward Jacob Ognacevic, one of the best players in the Big East Conference, scored 36 points on 10-for-13 from the field, 7-for-7 from the free throw line and 3-for-5 on three-pointers. He had 11 rebounds and three blocks.

“He demands a presence and it opens up the outside. Even when he demands a presence he’s difficult to stop,” Ketterhagen said.

Navis led the Rockets with 13 points. Jacob Peiffer grabbed nine rebounds.

The team had 32 turnovers and shot 17-for-59 from the field and 2-for-19 on three-pointers.

“Their pressure got to us. We turned it over  and missed too many baskets,” Ketterhagen said.

The Rockets (2-2) host Manitowoc Lutheran (3-1) on Friday and play at Sheboygan Christian on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Lady Rockets split a pair of games

The girls last Friday fell behind Manitowoc Lutheran, 23-10, at halftime on the road and couldn’t come back in a 45-32 loss.

“We played pretty good defense against them, but struggled to get going on offense. It’s still early in the season and we will keep getting better so that we are playing our best basketball by the end of the season,” coach Jason Jones said.

Against Sheboygan Christian on Dec. 4, the Rockets used a 25-11 second half to break open a close game and win, 43-25.

Ellie Felsinger scored 12, Alex Mentink 11, Alyssa Mentink eight and Maddie Sutryk six. Sutryk had eight rebounds and Maycie Navis six.

“In the second half, our defense played very well and we were able to pull away,” Jones said.

The Rockets (3-2) hosted Kewaskum on Tuesday, play at Oostburg on Thursday and at St. Mary Springs on Saturday.

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