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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 07 February 2018 20:04

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s boys played one OK half in each of their last two basketball games.
Unfortunately, they didn’t fall in the same game.
The Rockets lost on Monday at home to nonconference foe Kiel, 68-61.
Leading scorer Jason von Heimburg, a guard, had 19 points. Guard Michael Navis had 16, and forward Cameron Kirst had 10.
The Rockets shot 4-for-20 in the first half in falling behind, 27-18.
“They’re physical. They’re big. They work hard,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said of Kiel.
In the second half, the Rockets found their groove a little bit.
“They battled and found ways to the basket,” Ketterhagen said.
The Purple Raiders made 21 of 28 free throws, as the Rockets were forced to foul to try to get back into the game.
Cedar Grove-Belgium made 14 of 25 foul shots.
The Rockets could only close to within seven points.
JORDAN VILLA s1020518168“We played pretty well defensively. We just ran out of time,” Ketterhagen said.
Connor Voelker led Kiel with 21 points. Jason Klauck had 13, and Clayton Lepisto had 11.
The Purple Raiders shot better than 50% (16-for-31) from the field, and made 21 of 28 free throws for a 75% clip.
Against Hilbert on Friday, the Rockets played a sharp first half in building a nine-point lead, before the Wolves came back for a 57-51 victory.
The Rockets led, 36-27, at the break.

Von Heimburg poured in 18 points in the first half, but the Purple Raiders limited him to four in the second, to go along with eight rebounds.
“We didn’t meet their energy in the second half. They took Jason out of it,” coach Josh Ketterhagen said.
Jordan Villa scored nine points and dished out six assists, and Navis and Kirst each scored seven.
Forward Ethan Wonser used his used his 6 foot 4-inch frame to block three shots.
Hilbert came out with a trapping zone in the second half, and the Rockets had trouble finding spots to score, Ketterhagen said.
“We turned it over 10 times each half, which is too many,” he said.
“Overall, I thought their intensity just took it up a notch.”
The Rockets fell to 6-7 in the Big East Conference and are 8-11 overall.
“I’m proud of all of them top to bottom. Guys have come a long way from the start of the season until now,” Ketterhagen said.
“I give these guys credit. They’re battling, they’re working hard every day.”
The Rockets continue to miss 6-3 junior forward Aaron Veldhorst, who is out with a knee injury. Ketterhagen said he hopes he can return this season.
The Rockets host Mishicot (0-13 Big East) on Friday before the conference tournament starts on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
CG-Belgium girls win two in a row
The lady Rockets won their first conference tournament game on Friday against  visiting Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 39-34.
Alex Mentink stepped up to lead the Rockets with 14 points. Ellie Felsinger added eight, Amanda Meerdink seven and Brittany Teunissen six.
Mentink added seven rebounds, and Felsinger had six. Meerdink and Lauren Holzberger each had five.
The Rockets’ defense didn’t allow a double-digit scorer.
Cedar Grove-Belgium held an 18-16 halftime lead.
On Jan. 30, the Rockets knocked off conference opponent Hilbert on the road, 54-31.
Meerdink led the scoring with 12 points, and Felsinger had 10 to go along with 11 rebounds. Mentink scored nine and had five assists, and Amy TenHaken scored eight.
The Rockets blew the game open in the second half with a 33-13 advantage.
For Hilbert, Megan Lau scored 12 points and Makaylee Kuhn 11.
The No. 10-seeded Rockets were scheduled to play at No. 14-seeded Reedsville on Tuesday with an opponent yet to be determined on Feb. 10.
They host Carmen Northwest on Feb. 15 in the final regular season game before the playoffs.

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