Arrowood, Peiffer take it to the Warriors

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A quick start was all the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School boys’ basketball team needed in Fredonia Monday night.

The Rockets blew a 4-4 game wide open with a 15-0 run to take control, then maintained at least a three-bucket cushion the rest of the way to a 69-55 victory over Ozaukee.

Senior Sam Peiffer had 13 of his 23 points in the first half and Logan Arrowood had 11 of his game-high 25 as the Rockets built a 34-19 lead by the break.

“That beginning run we had definitely helped us out throughout the game,” Arrowood said.

“We hit a few big shots right away and were stopping them on defense. If you take a 15-point lead like that, it’s hard for them to come back,” Peiffer said.

Ozaukee coach Bob Domach called a 30-second timeout to try and stop the early run, then a full timeout at 19-4.

“Arrowood and Pfeiffer are a really tough combination to overcome. Coach (Derek) Wimmer puts those two in great spots to score,” Domach said.

The Warriors kept battling back in the second half. Sophomore Bret Hamm scored 12 of his team-high 16 points, sometimes hustling for rebounds inside. Twice, he was fouled while making shots inside.

With 12 minutes and 22 seconds left, Hamm hit a putback and was fouled, cutting the Rockets’ lead to 45-37. He missed the free throw, but his teammate Chase Miller stole the ball from the

Rocket who grabbed the rebound. Miller then missed a layup that would have cut the lead to six.

Peiffer then hit a shot inside and the Rockets’ edge was back to double digits.

That was how much of the second half went. As soon as the Warriors would make a run to chip away at the lead, the Rockets answered to bump the lead back to 10 to 13 points.

The Rockets took out Peiffer and Arrowood and took their foot off the gas before going back to their original lineup.

“We had a couple of lapses in there defensively. They got a couple of good looks, and we finally had to get our starters back in and finish it off,” Wimmer said.

An inside bucket by the Warriors’ 6-feet, 4-inch center Braxton Gahan with less than five minutes left made it 59-51, but Caleb Beightol answered with two free throws.

Warrior guard Jesse Schauer hit two free throws to cut the lead to eight again (61-53), and Hamm had a chance to make a bigger dent but rimmed out a three-pointer from the top of the key. The

Warriors snagged the rebound but turned it over.

“We never gave up. We were never out of the fight. Cedar Grove is a tough team,” Domach said.

Schauer had 10 points. Connor Rennicke had seven and Gahan had six.

Peiffer shot 7-for-9 (78%) from the field and went 3-for-4 on three-pointers. Arrowood went 10-for-13 (77%) shooting. His only struggle came on free throws, where he was 2-for-7.

The pair often drove inside for contested layups or worked their way for open short-range shots.

“Between Sam and Logan, that’s our bread and butter — getting to the whole and finishing,” Wimmer said.

Beightol added seven points and Cole Ketterhagen had six.

CG-Belgium 49, Manitowoc Lutheran 43

The Rockets took a 26-17 lead at halftime at Manitowoc Lutheran last Thursday and pulled out a 49-43 victory.

Peiffer had 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting and Arrowood had 16 on 8-for-10 shooting.

Sho Fukasawa had 15 points and Noah Czarneski had 13 for the Lancers.

The Rockets host Living Word Lutheran on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Ozaukee 72, Kohler 63

The Warriors knocked off Kohler on the road, 72-63, last Thursday.

Ball protection played a big part.

“We only had six turnovers, and that was key to our success,” Domach said.

Miller broke out of a shooting slump with 19 points, going 10-for-17 from the field.

Connor Rennicke matched his scoring total with 19 points, going 4-for-9 on three-pointers.

Gahan had 18 of the team’s 44 rebounds.

Ozaukee was up, 29-26, at halftime and lost the lead early in the second half, 33-32. But the Warriors came up with a 9-2 run in the next three minutes to take a 41-35 lead.

Up, 64-61, with barely three minutes left, Ozaukee used a 4-0 run to pull away. Miller scored a late basket and Gahan hit two free throws to ice the win.

Schauer had 10 points. Hamm had eight points and eight rebounds. Chase Miller had seven points.

Zane Willadsen led Kohler with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Charlie Roeder and Trey Keller each had 16.

Ozaukee plays at Campbellsport on Thursday before Christmas break. They play at Random Lake on Friday, Jan. 7.

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