Written by Debbie Hamm
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:07
PAT KROENING rose over Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Luke Kaat for two of his 12 points in Ozaukee’s 66-54 victory. Photos by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee boys use 27-point first quarter, shared scoring to down Rockets, improve to 5-1
A huge opening quarter propelled the Ozaukee boy’s basketball team to a 66-54 win over visiting Cedar Grove-Belgium last week.
Racing to a 27-14 lead in the first eight minutes, the Warriors were never seriously threatened in the Central Lakeshore Conference contest Dec. 23.
The lead grew to 44-23 by halftime, after which the Rockets managed to whittle the margin with a fourth-quarter rally.
“We struggled defensively early in the game, and Ozaukee was shooting the ball well,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Meinen said.
“Their guards were breaking us down on the drive and had some nice assists.”
The Rockets got a game-high 20 points from senior guard Weston Meinen, but Ozaukee used a balanced scoring attack to take control.
In the first quarter, the Warriors shot 72% from the field (13 of 18).
“I really liked how we came out,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said. “We came out ready to play and shot the ball extremely well.
“We picked up our defense in the second quarter and were able to extend our lead.”
CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Weston Meinen faced a formidable defensive obstacle in the form of Ozaukee’s Stephen Street. Five Warriors each finished with at least eight points to help their team improve to 5-1 in league play.
Guard Alex Janke sparked Ozaukee with 16 points, including a pair of three-point baskets, and forward Eric Hartnett had 13.
Also for the Warriors, Pat Kroening and Stephen Street each had 12 points and Matt Henke added eight.
Coach Meinen said his team’s inexperience, especially in the backcourt, helped Ozaukee grab its quick lead.
“Other than Weston, we are pretty young and haven’t had a lot of varsity experience,” he said. “We have some things to work on defensively.
“We fell behind early, but after the first 12 or 14 minutes, we started to do things better. We didn’t fold and made a decent run at them.”
Cedar Grove-Belgium, which fell to 4-2 in league play, got 16 points from Jon Herzog and nine from Kyle Kirst.
Meinen scored 10 of his points in the final period
“I thought we began to coast a little after the first quarter, and that came back to bite us in the fourth quarter,” Ketterhagen said.
“Weston Meinen gave us all we could handle. He is very crafty getting to and around the hoop, and he went to work on us in the fourth.”
The Warriors resumed play this week at the WisHoops Shoot Out at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. They faced Milwaukee Messmer on
Tuesday and Burlington Catholic Central on Wednesday.
Ozaukee will return to conference play Jan. 4 at Elkhart Lake.
Cedar Grove-Belgium’s next game is also Jan. 4 when it hosts Random Lake.