Poor free-throw effort saddles Ozaukee boys with loss after last-second win
Poor free-throw shooting helped saddle the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team with its first loss of the season Nov. 21.
Making only eight of 23 foul shots (29%), the Warriors fell to Living Word Lutheran, 46-38, in a nonconference game.
Ozaukee struggled offensively throughout the night and trailed, 9-4, after one quarter.
Although the Warriors stayed within striking distance the rest of the way, they couldn’t mount a decisive rally.
Lutheran was whistled for 22 fouls, but Ozaukee failed to take advantage at the line. Six Warriors each missed at least one free throw.
Jake Wolff had nine points to lead Ozaukee, which also got seven apiece from Andy Richter and Tony Street. All of Wolff’s scoring came on three-point baskets.
Daniel Axtman led Lutheran with 13 points, and Reggie Willman added 12.
Ozaukee 68, Kohler 65
Richter’s three-pointer at the buzzer capped a fourth-quarter rally that lifted the Warriors to a Central Lakeshore Conference win in their season opener Nov. 19.
Ozaukee trailed, 65-58, with one minute, 21 seconds to play but refused to quit.
After Miller scored a basket to trim the deficit to five points, Wolff nailed a three-pointer that pulled the Warriors within 65-63 with 41 seconds left.
A Kohler turnover led to a three-point shot by Miller, who misfired but drew a foul. He sank two of three free throws to tie the game with 33.3 seconds remaining.
The Blue Bombers then missed two consecutive shots, and Richter rebounded the second miss. Ozaukee called time-out with 2.4 seconds left.
Although Richter was triple-covered, he took the inbounds pass and launched a three-point that connected as the clock expired.
Richter, a senior guard, finished with a team-high 17 points.
Ozaukee fell behind early and trailed, 23-17, after one period. However, the Warriors roared back in the second quarter to take a 34-30 lead into halftime.
Kohler outscored Ozaukee, 16-8, in the third quarter to take a 46-42 lead into the final eight minutes.
The Warriors got 13 points from Wolff and 12 from Miller.
Game-high scoring honors went to Kohler’s Brett Mueller with 29 points. His total included five three-point baskets.
This week, Ozaukee faced Kiel on Tuesday before breaking for Thanksgiving.
The Warriors’ will resume play with a 7:30 p.m. conference game Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Sheboygan Christian.
Image Information: A HIP-CHECK COLLISION ensued when Ozaukee’s Keegan Richards tried to dribble past Kohler’s Joe Pellowski in a Central Lakeshore Conference game last week. Ozaukee rallied to win, 68-65, on a buzzer-beating basket by Andy Richter. Photo by Sam Arendt