Shaky 2nd half takes toll on CG-Belgium boys as they lose to Sheboygan Falls in Divison 3 regional opener
Cedar Grove-Belgium played a sharp first half but couldn’t hold on against Sheboygan Falls in last week’s Division 3 regional semifinal basketball game at home.
The Rockets lost, 78-72 to end their season with a 15-8 record.
Reid Hilbelink led the Rockets with 19 points. Josh Weiss scored 15 and Justin Theune 14.
The Rockets were up 40-28 at one point, but the Falcons cut the lead to six at halftime.
Coach Jim Meinen said he knew Falls would come back after seeing them play several times this season.
During their second-half run, even after the Falcons took a one-point lead, the Rockets bounced back to go up by five, swinging emotion back in their favor.
“I was very happy with our ability to come back from that,” Meinen said.
With about four minutes to go, the Rockets came up short on a couple of strong drives to the basket, while the Falcons converted.
“We may have run out of gas a little bit,” Meinen said.
“When it comes down to the end, if you don’t make the plays against a good team, they’re going to capitalize,” Meinen said.
The Rockets were forced to foul at the end, and the Falcons sealed the victory.
Undersized all year, the Meinen said the Rockets were one to two inches shorter per player and faced bigger and more physical guards.
“I thought we were up to it and played a pretty solid basketball game,” he said.
Meinen said that was especially true for Theune, who gave up four to five inches to his man yet scored 14.
“Justin played the best game of his career,” he said.
Falcon Trey Hake scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the second half.Ross Krist scored 19 and Jared Petrie 18.
The game closed out careers for seniors like Hilbelink and Weiss, who each eclipsed the 1,000-point career mark this season.
The Rockets had an explosive offense that topped 100 points once and topped 80 points eight times.
Without a dominant inside force, the Rockets used penetration and outside shooting to light up the scoreboard. In addition, Meinen said he heard positive reports from officials and opposing coaches.
“Those kids did it right. They played the game well, did it with respect,” he said.
“I’m very proud of our year. We had a good group.”
Other seniors include Theune, Matt Dirkse, Amani Anjum, Ethan Brochtrup, Dominik Brock, Matt Frey and Will Navis.