Sophomore‘s career-best game leads Grafton boys to second-day victory in Wisconsin Yearbook Shootout
Beau Benzschawel picked a dandy time for a breakout game.
Just ask the Grafton boys’ basketball team, which rode the center’s hot hand to a 57-47 win over Burlington Catholic Central at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout Dec. 28.
Benzschawel, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Black Hawks, who earned a split in two tournament games at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.GUARD ROBBIE DORING scored 16 points to help the Grafton boys’ team defeat Burlington Catholic Central, 57-47, in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout. Photo by Sam Arendt
“Beau played fantastic,” said Grafton coach Kevin McKenna, whose team rebounded from a loss to Oshkosh Lourdes the previous day.
“He’s really progressed and is coming on strong for us. Now he’s got to continue to believe in himself and be consistent.”
Benzschawel, who has shown flashes of talent but been inconsistent in his second varsity season, put it all together against Central.
His strong interior play helped Grafton stretch a 13-4 lead after one quarter to 28-18 at the break.
Although the teams played to a 29-29 deadlock in the second half, the Hawks were never seriously threatened.
Benzschawel got plenty of offensive support even though only four Grafton players scored. Senior guard Robbie Doring had 16 points, and junior forward Scotty Tyler added 15.
“It was really good to see us come back from a disappointing loss to play like we did in the second game,” McKenna said.
“Our team could have just gone through the motions, but they showed a lot of character.”
Catholic Central was led by Race Wadsworth with 14 points.
The win, which evened the Hawks’ season record at 5-5, came in a showcase tournaments — a three-day, 22-game event featuring many of the state’s top teams.
“It was a good experience, a great chance for us to play during the holidays,” McKenna said.
Oshkosh Lourdes 58, Grafton 45
A shaky fourth quarter hurt the Hawks on the way to a first-game loss in the tournament.
Grafton trailed by only 36-32 after three periods but was outscored, 22-13, the rest of the way.
“We got kind of worn down by the fourth quarter and had a hard time making shots,” McKenna said.
“Lourdes starting hitting free throws, and the game got away from us.”
The one-two punch of Dylan Sommerfeld and Rob Kleman carried much of the offensive load for Lourdes (7-2).
Sommerfeld had a game-high 18 points, and Kleman added 16, including two three-point baskets.
“I thought we didn’t play real well defensively and didn’t do the little things we needed to,” McKenna said.
“Lourdes played stronger than we did, and we got beat up in the post too much.”
Grafton was led by Tyler and Doring, who had 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hawks will resume play Friday, Jan. 6, when they travel to Whitefish Bay for a 7:30 p.m. North Shore Conference game.