Written by STEVE OSTERMANN
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 15:45
Pirate boys regroup to take 3rd place at tourney after tough semifinal loss
A split decision left the Port Washington boysâ basketball team with third-place honors at the Tim Reuter Showcase in Pewaukee last weekend.
Jumping ahead early and slowly pulling away, Port secured a 51-38 win over a solid West Bend East squad in the consolation game of the four-team tournament.
Besides improving the Piratesâ season record to 6-5, the victory gave them a lift after a hard-fought, 62-55 loss to Pewaukee in Fridayâs semifinals.
Balanced scoring and long-range shooting helped the Pirates take control against East (7-3). Junior guard Matthew Kirmse led Port with 12 points, and Sam Weiland and Patrick McDonald added 10 and eight, respectively.
Kirmseâs total included three of the Piratesâ nine three-point baskets. Weiland and McDonald each had a pair of threes.
Port controlled the tempo with a season-best defensive effort that limited East to 12 or fewer points in each quarter.
âWe did a great job of slowing down their offense,â Port coach Brian Hebein said. âWe played full-court defense and got up on their point guard to stop their break.â
The Pirates held a 16-12 lead after one quarter and stretched the margin to 28-22 by halftime and 42-33 entering the final period.
Alex Manhardt had 11 points for East, and Ben VandeZande added nine.
Rough second and fourth quarters cost the Pirates against Pewaukee.
Port held a 15-13 lead after one quarter and was outscored by seven points in the second period. After pulling within 43-42 with a 16-12 run in the third quarter, the Pirates stayed close until the final minute.
A three-point basket by Brennan Cassidy pulled Port within one point with 1:30 left. However, Pewaukee answered with a three-pointer of its own and then padded the lead with free throws.
Guard Tay Jackson had a game-high 20 points for Port, and Weiland added 14.
Pewaukee (7-4) was paced with Eric Lutzen and Steven McGowan with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Each team hit nine three-point shots. Weiland had a trio of threes, and Ezra Bretl and Cassidy added two apiece.
The Pirates will resume play next week with 7:30 p.m. North Shore Conference games at home against Grafton on Jan. 7 and at Whitefish Bay on Jan. 10.
Image Information: JUNIOR GUARD Matthew Kirmse led the Port Washington boysâ basketball team with 12 points last Saturday, when it defeated West Bend East, 51-38, in the consolation game of the Tim Reuter Showcase in Pewaukee. Kirmse had three of the Piratesâ nine three-point baskets. Photo by Sam Arendt