CG-Belgium is quicker and deeper

Boys are getting up and down the court faster; evened record after losing opener in overtime
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

 

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School boys’ basketball team doesn’t look or play like it did last season.

The Rockets lost leading scorer Jason von Heimburg and leading rebounder Cameron Kirst to graduation, along with guard Jordan Villa, their third-leading scorer.

But they return a quicker and deeper team that can move up and down the court.

“I would say we’re a different type of team,” second-year coach Josh Ketterhagen, who also serves as the school’s principal, said.

“Now we’re a little bit longer and different athletic.”

Mishicot found out just how long and athletic last Friday. The Rockets pummeled the Indians, 87-48, at home.

“Twelve different kids scored. It was fun,” Ketterhagen said.

Ethan Wonser, a 6-foot-6-inch inside player, led the Rockets with 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Jacob Peiffer had 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting, and Michael Navis and Aaron Veldhorst each scored 10. Jeffrey Emperly had nine, and Sam Peiffer had seven.

Up 39-24, at halftime, the Rockets took control with an early run in the second half.

“Mishicot is a better team than what they showed,” Ketterhagen said.

It was a bounce-back game for the Rockets after dropping a high-scoring affair in overtime on the road on Nov. 27.

St. Mary Central made enough plays down the stretch to pull out a 79-75 victory in the season-opening contest for both teams.

Rocket Matthew Voskuil missed a three-pointer to break a 69-69 tie at the end of regulation.

In overtime, the Rockets missed some block-outs and free throws.

“If we could have it back, I would love to,” Ketterhagen said. “We made a couple of mistakes that I don’t think we’ll make five or six games down the road.”

Five Rockets scored at least eight points.

Wonser had 16, and Navis had 11. Peiffer and Max Ford each scored 10. Voskuil had nine, and Nick Newkirk had eight. Veldhorst had seven rebounds and six points.

The Rockets fell behind by nine in the first half and 11 in the second.

“To battle back twice and get back into it, I thought we showed some resilience and showed depth,” Ketterhagen said.

The Rockets host Sheboygan Lutheran on Thursday and Manitowoc Lutheran on Friday, Dec. 14.

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