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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 19:59

Von Heimburg overcomes early whistles to net 26 points as Rockets throttle Ozaukee

Cedar Grove-Belgium leading scorer Jason von Heimburg picked up two fouls in the first 55 seconds of last Friday’s basketball game against rival Ozaukee, but the senior bounced back with a vengeance to lead the Rockets to a road victory.
Von Heimburg scored a game-high 26 points in what turned out to be a 61-38 blowout in Big East Conference play.
“I just had to play smarter, a little less aggressive,” he said of playing much of the night in foul trouble.
A 14-2 run to end the first half gave the Rockets the lead for good.
Freshman Noah Miller drained a three-pointer to give the Warriors a 12-11 lead with six minutes left in the first half, but that was their final lead of the game.
Junior Nick Newkirk answered with a three that gave Cedar Grove-Belgium a 14-12 lead. Von Heimburg then hit a shot inside on an inbounds play and got fouled, but missed the free throw.
Brent Mentink later hit a turnaround shot in the lane, and von Heimburg hit two free throws in the bonus.
Michael Navis drove the lane and made a shot, before Ozaukee’s Ben Stadler stopped the bleeding by scoring inside to make it 22-14.
With 34.8 seconds left, Cameron Kirst missed two free throws, and the Warriors grabbed the rebound.
But the Rockets forced a jump ball and had the possession arrow. They worked the ball down to the final seconds, and von Heimburg hit a three that put his team up, 25-14, at halftime.
VON HEIMBURG CG B OZ HOOPS 4CThe Warriors missed the front end of a bonus three times in the span, while Von Heimburg scored 10 points.
“He’s one of the heart and souls of our team. I knew he could play with two, but I had to sit him and get his head straight,” Rockets coach Josh Ketterhagen said.
“Once he got that, he played smart with two fouls. He ended that first half with that big clutch three, and I think that was a big key for us propelling in the second half.”
Ozaukee coach Bob Domach agreed that the final minutes of the first half turned the game.
“Cedar Grove went on a run in the first half, and we were not able to overcome that run,” he said.
The Warriors closed the gap to 25-17 early in the second half but never got any closer. The Rockets dominated shot attempts and makes, going 21-for-54 from the field, including 7-for-23 on three-pointers, against Ozaukee’s 2-3 zone defense.
The Warriors shot 9-for-21 from two-point range and 4-for-21 on threes against the Rockets’ man-to-man scheme.
“We did not shoot well. We took some bad shots, some forced shots. If we were more patient on offense we would have been able to overcome some of our defensive short comings,” Domach said.
Neither team tore it up on free throws, and they had plenty of chances in a game called so tightly that if either team had cheerleaders, they would have been in foul trouble. The Rockets went 12-for-25 and the Warriors 8-for-18 at the line.
With von Heimburg out for several minutes in the first half, guards Jordan Villa and Michael Navis stepped up. Villa dished out five assists in the game, and Navis used his quickness to snag four steals and score 12 points.

“Their zone was tricking us in the beginning of the game,” Villa said. “But their middle gap was wide open and eventually coach told us where the gaps were.
“We hit them and went on a 10-0 run and took it from there.”
Von Heimburg had 12 rebounds to lead the Rockets.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was already missing Aaron Veldhorst with an injured knee. Ketterhagen said he hopes to get him back in a couple of weeks.
Miller led the Warriors with 11 points, and Mitch Weyker added six. Third-leading scorer Edoarado Campus left with an ankle injury with seven minutes left in the first half and did not return.
“Ozaukee’s the only team that’s younger than us. But their inexperience was not evident at all. They battled hard,” Ketterhagen said.
“It was a tight called game, and it was a physical game, and we didn’t adjust enough and put ourselves in some bad spots. But out of all those things, we still battled through and hit some key shots.”
The game left the Rockets at 4-6 in the Big East Conference and 5-8 overall. This week, they were to host Elkhart Lake-Gleneulah on Tuesday, play at St. Mary Springs on Thursday and host Random Lake (7-3 Big East) on Friday.
Warriors trounced by Big East leader
Howards Grove routed Ozaukee, 69-36, on Jan. 16.
The Tigers held a 27-15 lead at halftime.
“They are a really well-coached team,” Domach stated. “They are so tall, and that created all sorts of issues for us. We were able to hang with them for part of the first half because we shot really well.
“Once our shooting cooled off, they ran away with it.”
Miller led the Warriors with 14 points. Weyker had six rebounds.
The Tigers had five players each score at least seven points, led by Eric Reinemnann with 19.
This week, Ozaukee (1-10 in the conference and 2-12 overall)  was to host Kohler on Tuesday and play at Mishicot on Friday.

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