Ozaukee boys take charge early in win over Port that sends them into break 6-0
With a 71-54 road win over Port Washington on Monday, the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team notched its sixth win in as many games this season.
But Ozaukee also made a strong statement in its nonconference rivalry with the Pirates.
“This is the first time in the last five years we’ve played each other where one side had a double-digit win,” Ozaukee coach Isaiah Ketterhagen said.
“It was a good game for us against a team from a bigger school.”
Unlike many of the teams’ other meetings, the latest showdown didn’t go down to the final minutes.
Led by the one-two punch of Mike Richter and Garrett Hoffmann, the Warriors surged ahead early and built a 33-17 lead by halftime.
Although Port regrouped to score 37 points in the second half, it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit.
Richter, a senior forward, finished with a game-high 27 points, and Hoffman had 19, including four three-point baskets. Hoffmann cashed in from the perimeter when the Pirates focused their defense on Richter inside.
“Mike is getting better at recognizing the double-teams when they come,” Ketterhagen said. “At least three of Garrett’s four threes came on inside-out plays.”
Port, which fell to 0-7 overall, was led by Brad Burbach with 15 points. Max Franzkowiak added 12 points, including a 9-for-10 effort on free throws.
Cold shooting again dogged the Pirates, who struggled from the field and were only 19 of 31 at the free-throw line.
Ketterhagen said he was concerned about his team’s second-half defense, which he described as “pretty sloppy,” but couldn’t complain about the outcome.
“This is the first time in my 13 years as coach that we’ve gone into the holiday break undefeated,” Ketterhagen said.