Mailing address moves to free-throw line

Grafton boys only live there for one game before avoiding 15-footers like the plague in next win
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The road was vastly different but the result was the same for the Grafton High School boys’ basketball team late last week.

The Black Hawks on Saturday afternoon beat Stoughton, 63-40, in the Luke Homan Memorial Basketball Showcase at Homestead. They shot 19-for-32 on two-pointers and went 4-for-6 on free throws and only had one player in double-digit scoring.

The night before, the Hawks beat visiting Whitefish Bay, 76-68, behind a 35-for-43 performance at the line, while only going 13-for-32 on two-pointers. Four players scored in double figures.

Against Stoughton, the Hawks nursed a 26-20 halftime lead before Alex Huibregtse took over.

“Alex hit threes in transition, got into passing lanes and layups,” coach Damon James said.

Huibregtse scored a game-high 19 points, going 4-for-5 on two-pointers, 3-for-9 on threes and making both free throws.

Bryson Clague and J.P. Benzschawel each scored eight points, and Tyler Tsui had seven. Jaden Polack had five.

Benzschawel had 10 rebounds. Huibregtse had six, and Clague and Jacon Aleknavicius each had five. Huibregtse had five assists and Clague had four.

After getting into a fouling rut in the first half for the second straight game, the Hawks “cleaned it up tremendously in the second half which allowed us to create a huge run,” James said.

Holding Stoughton to 20 points in each half counted as a defensive victory.

“When your offensive isn’t clicking, you’ve got to rely on your defense, and that’s what we did,” James said.

On Friday, the story of the game was the free-throw line. Grafton made 24 more than the Blue Dukes, which went 11-for-19.

“That was the difference for sure,” James said. “The guys did a great job being locked in.”

Tsui scored a season-high 16 points, including going 9-for-9 at the line and draining a clutch three-pointer.

“Tyler Trsui stepped up huge. Late in that game he hit a corner three that was huge, gave us more breathing room,” James said.

“It was great to see our guys step up off the bench and do what they’re capable of doing.”

Non-starters saw more time with a handful of players with two fouls in the first half. Huibregtse fouled out, and Ben Wilkin and Benzschawel each had four fouls.

Clague scored 19 (7-for-9 on free throws), Huibregtse 13 (6-for-6) and Benzschawel 10 (6-for-9). Wilkin got all his points at the line, going 6-for-8. Polack scored eight on four baskets.

The Hawks, James said, did a good job of attacking the basket in a tightly called game.

Both teams were in the double bonus with eight minutes to play in the game, but the Hawks controlled their defense.

“We did a good job reducing our fouling, just playing with more discipline,” James said.

The Hawks, 7-5 in the North Shore Conference and 10-6 overall, were to play at highly ranked Nicolet (12-0 NSC) on Tuesday, at Cedarburg (3-10 NSC) on Friday and were to host Hartford (6-7) on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

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