Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 19:42
PORT WASHINGTON’S Shane Kennedy powered his way inside for two of his 11 points in Saturday’s come-from-behind win over Plymouth. The senior forward’s biggest basket came on a last-second shot that gave the Pirates a 48-47 victory.
Photo by Sam Arendt
Kennedy’s heart-stopping basket at buzzer caps gritty comeback that sends Port boys to sectional
Shane Kennedy took one on the chin but refused to stay down for the count last Saturday night.
After being sidelined following a collision that left him bloodied in a WIAA Division 2 regional title game, the senior forward returned to rescue the Port Washington boys’ basketball team in a 48-47 thriller against Plymouth.
Port, which trailed nearly the entire game, faced a 47-46 deficit with 8.3 seconds left. Given one last shot at a comeback win after a Plymouth turnover, the Pirates ran a play from the left sideline.
Kennedy took an inbounds pass from Sawyer Mosley, couldn’t find an open teammate and dribbled into the lane for a 12-foot jumper.
His shot curled over the rim and dropped through net as the buzzer sounded.
Pandemonium reigned as Kennedy and his teammates were engulfed by a wave of frenzied Port fans who rushed the court in the West Bend Field House to celebrate a championship and a trip to the sectional round.
The shot “felt awesome,” Kennedy said amid the revelry.
“The play was actually designed for me to get the ball back to Sawyer, but he was covered, so I had to do something. It felt good when it left my hand.”
Kennedy’s clutch touch capped a wild rally by the Pirates, who for much of the game appeared headed for a season-ending loss. They trailed, 36-29, entering the fourth quarter, thanks in large part to Plymouth’s scrappy backcourt.
After trailing, 36-25, late in the third period, Port went on a 14-3 rally fueled by seven points from Mosley and drew even at 39-39 with less than three minutes to play. But Plymouth countered with a run of its own and held a 46-43 edge with 55 seconds left.
After Mosley nailed a three-point shot to retie the score, Plymouth ran the clock down to set up a potential game-winner. Freshman guard Kollin Neils, who led the Panthers with 12 points, drew a foul on a drive and made the first of two free throws with 12 seconds left.
Neils missed his second attempt, and Plymouth grabbed the rebound. However, when a scramble for the ball ensued, an errant pass deflected off a Panthers player and crossed the half-court line, leading to an over-and-back violation.
That set the stage for a Port timeout, where coach John Bunyan and his staff drew up their team’s most memorable play of the season to date.
“I was really proud of the way our players came back from 10 points down,” Bunyan said. “They never gave up.
“Plymouth gave us a lot of trouble with their guards, who really played well. They were really quick and drew a lot of fouls from us.”
Plymouth had plenty of chances at the free-throw line, led by Neils, who went 6-for-8 there. However, the Panthers aided Port’s rally by missing nine foul shots in the second half.
Mosley, a junior guard, helped the Pirates cash in by scoring 10 of his game-high 16 points in the second half.
“Sometimes we start out slow and we have to find a way to light the fire,” Mosley said.
Kennedy finished with 11 points despite sustaining a cut under his chin in a collision with a Plymouth player midway through the third quarter. After trading his blood-stained jersey for one from a teammate, he returned with a heavily bandaged chin and scored seven points in the final period.
The win advanced the Pirates (12-11) into a sectional semifinal game against Beaver Dam this Friday at the Brown County Arena in Ashwaubenon (see related story).
Port Washington 46, Cedarburg 31
A slow start failed to derail the Pirates on their way to a regional semifinal win at home last Friday.
Port misfired early and trailed, 13-10, after one quarter but stepped up its defense in the second period. After Jake Borgardt hit a three-point shot that put the Bulldogs ahead, 16-10, they failed to score in the final 6:35 of the half.
The Pirates used a 10-0 run to take a 20-16 lead into intermission and padded the margin to 29-21 after three periods. Cedarburg never got any closer.
Kennedy led Port with 13 points, and Joey Burbach added 11.
“We talked at halftime about playing tougher defense,” Bunyan said. “We got in foul trouble early in the game by getting out of position, but we made some adjustments and played a lot better after that.”
Guard Matt Johnson scored a game-high 15 points for Cedarburg, which also got 13 from Borgardt. However, the only other Bulldog to score was Stephen Fischer with four points.
Borgardt had all eight of his team’s points in the second and third quarters.
Cedarburg finished the season 7-17.
Written by Debbie Hamm
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 19:31
STEPHEN STREET soared over a Howards Grove defender in Ozaukee’s regional semifinal win Friday.
Photo by Sam Arendt
Top-ranked Dutch dash Ozaukee boys’ postseason dreams with dominant win
One of the best Ozaukee boys’ basketball seasons in recent memory came to an end at the hands of relentless foe last Saturday.
Oostburg, the state’s top-ranked Division 4 team, played the role of culprit by cruising to a 51-31 win in a WIAA regional title game at Sheboygan South High School.
The Flying Dutchmen showed why they are undefeated and a strong favorite to win a state championship by quickly dashing Ozaukee’s upset plans. They raced to an 18-6 lead in the first
quarter and never looked back.
After losing twice to Oostburg in Central Lakeshore Conference play, the Warriors were poised to derail the Dutch in a rematch. Instead, they finished the season 19-6, with half of their losses
coming against Oostburg (24-0).
Stifling defense allowed Oostburg to hold Ozaukee to single-digit scoring in three quarters. Although the Warriors remained trailed by only 27-16 at halftime, the margin grew to 38-22 after three periods.
Three Oostburg players scored in double figures, led by sophomore forward Josiah VerVelde with 13 points. Mike Keller and Alex Stecker added 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Ozaukee got a game-high 16 points from senior guard Alex Janke, who eclipsed the 1,000-point mark on the last basket of his high school career.
No other Warrior had more than four points.
Ozaukee 52, Howards Grove 44
The Warriors avenged a loss and advanced to the regional title game with a semifinal victory at home last Friday.
Ozaukee, whose last defeat in Central Lakeshore Conference play came against Howards Grove on Feb. 8, grabbed control early and held a 16-10 edge after one quarter.
The lead grew to 28-18 at halftime before the Tigers rallied to pull within 42-37 with 2 minutes, 32 seconds left in the game.
However, Janke sank nine of 10 free throws in the last 1:12 to ice the victory.
Janke led all scorers with 24 points.
Also for Ozaukee, forward Eric Hartnett had 10 points, and Pat Kroening and Steve Street each added nine.
Mike Davis had 10 points to lead the Tigers (14-10).
Ozaukee 64, St. Mary’s Springs 42
A slow start failed to keep the Warriors to posting an easy home win in a regional quarterfinal game March 1.
St. Mary’s Springs (3-19) held a 7-6 lead after one quarter, but Ozaukee rallied to go ahead, 23-18, by halftime.
In the third period, Hartnett scored 11 points to help the Warriors build a 46-33 lead.
Janke finished with a game-high 24 points and had five assists. Hartnett had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and Pat Kroening added 11 points.
Springs got 10 points from Eric Feldner.