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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:19

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The scoreboard didn’t necessarily show it against its biggest rival on Dec. 21, but Cedar Grove-Belgium’s boys’ basketball team is making progress.
The Rockets lost at Oostburg, 69-53, in a Big East Conference game.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was only down four at halftime, 30-26, before the Flying Dutchmen pulled away in the second half.
So far, two of the Rockets’ most prolific offensive weapons in football — quarterback Jason von Heimburg and wide receiver Michael Navis — have also carried the scoring load in basketball.
Von Heimburg led the Rockets with 17 points on 5-for-12 shooting. The senior grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists. He made three of five three-pointers.
Navis, a sophomore, scored 14 points on 6-for-12 from the field.
“Jason had another solid game. He continues to impress and be solid. His shot selection was very good and he was able to score to keep us in it,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said.
“Michael also shot well and was able to score. He is making gains and gaining confidence. It is good to see.”
Aaron Veldhorst added eight points.
Ketterhagen said he was impressed with his team’s overall performance.
“I thought we played pretty well against Oostburg. We took care of the basketball pretty well (16 turnovers) against some pretty good pressure and a solid 1-3-1 (zone defense). We will get better throughout the year,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said.

Ketterhagen would like to see improvement from the outside. The Rockets made eight of 21 three-pointers.
“We are gaining experience and finding spots we can score. We didn’t shoot the three as well as I am hoping, but we are creating some open looks,” Ketterhagen said.
The Rockets were without two of their inside players. Senior Cameron Kirst missed the game with an ankle injury, and junior Brett Mentink had the flu. That left some openings for the Flying Dutchmen in the lane.
“We struggled with their size. We battled, but overall, they wore us down a bit and we didn’t have enough gas to finish in the end,” Ketterhagen said.
That size advantage made an impact on both ends of the court.
“They shot a better percentage — 50% to 42%. This was due to their size. We were outscored in the paint 30-14,” Ketterhagen said.
“We battled to the end and it was a closer game than 16, but we missed some shots that we can and will make as we get deeper into the season.”
Coming into the season with only two players with varsity basketball experience and as a new head coach, Ketterhagen said he knew the team would take time to learn how to play at a high level. So far, he likes what he sees.
“Overall, we improve each day and it is showing in each game. I look forward to our next month to see progress.”
Cedar Grove-Belgium 59, Kewaskum 58
The Rockets won a thriller at home on Dec. 19 over a nonconference opponent, snapping a four-game losing streak.
Cedar Grove-Belgium took a 33-28 halftime lead and hung on.
Von Heimburg scored 20 points. Jordan Villa had 12, and Navis scored 10.
Nick Alva and Ethan Wonser each made three steals.
The Rockets, 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the Big East Conference, host league opponent Reedsville on Jan. 2.

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