Port hangs around Whitefish Bay; Grafton falls at WB East

Ozaukee Press staff

It wasn’t the defense that accounted for the Port Washington High School boys’ basketball team’s 49-37 loss at Whitefish Bay on Dec. 21.

The Pirates couldn’t put the orange orb through the orange hoop often enough, shooting 11-for-40.

Coach Brian Hebein said, “27.5% from the field. It’s tough when we can’t put the ball in the hoop.”

Guard Kenyon Davis came off the bench and led the Pirates with 13 points on 3-for-8 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 on free throws.

“Kenyon has been a real spark for us. He’s been pretty consistent with what he brings to the table, putting the ball in the hole. His minutes increased a lot during that game,” Hebein said.

“He took care of the basketball pretty well — only had two turnovers — played some point guard, broke down the defense, hit some shots.”

Davis helped break up the Blue Dukes’ 2-3 zone.

“If you’re not pushing the basketball to beat that zone, they just get set up. They’ve been playing it for years,” Hebein said.

Port was only down, 23-17, at halftime.

“Our defense was really good. They’ve got three guys who can score. I thought we did a good job matching up and recognizing, doing some good things,” Hebein said. “Holding them to 23 points in a half, you’ve got to be happy with that.”

Pirate senior forward Brady Fleischmann had eight points and six rebounds, went 3-for-3 on free throws and helped keep the score down.

“He did a lot of switching on defense, had to cover tough guys,” Hebein said. “He had a three-pointer and an and-one.”

Port went 12-for-15 (80%) from the free throw line.

“That’s one thing we did well. It helped keep us in striking distance,” Hebein said.

Nate Uselding had seven points, and Ryan Burmesch had four points and six rebounds.

The Blue Dukes, 5-1 in the North Shore Conference, only had four players score. Kamarion Ivory had 15 points. Ryan Carew and Jaden Guyton each had 12, and David Ackles had 10.

In the second half, Port’s offense took better care of the ball, only committing five turnovers.

Port was to play H.O.P.E. Christian School on Tuesday and either Oostburg or Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy at home on Wednesday in a holiday tournament.

The Pirates, 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the NSC, play at Hartford (0-6 NSC) on Friday, Jan. 7.Suns heat up vs. Grafton in second half

A nearly even first half turned into a blowout loss for the Grafton at West Bend East on Dec. 21.

The Black Hawks were down, 26-25, at the break before the Suns pulled away for a 70-52 North Shore Conference victory.

Coach Damon James said he watched the game online since he has been in quarantine due to Covid-19. His assistant Vance Burnside stepped in as head coach.

“In the second half, it was a culmination of some things we weren’t doing well defensively,” James said.

He has been watching practices on video.

“Guys have been working to correct those,” he said of his team’s defense.

Offensively, junior guard Chase Norton led the team with 18 points on 7-for-7 shooting from the field.

“Chase Norton did some good things. His decision making is definitely getting better in terms of his reads,” James said.

Sophomore Michael McNabb, Jr., scored 13 points and freshman point guard Juan Guerrero Hernandez, Jr., had 11 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“He’s a freshman in grade but played a lot of basketball in fall, summer and spring. We’re just asking him to be complete, which will happen over time,” James said.

For the Suns, 4-2 in the North Shore Conference, Xavier DuBois had 29 points on 6-for-7 shooting. He went 8-for-12 on free throws and 3-for-6 on three-pointers. Severin Hilt had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Calvin Buss had 15 points and seven rebounds.

Grafton was to play Burlington on Wednesday and Racine Lutheran on Thursday. James said he expected to be back by Thursday.

The Black Hawks, 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the NSC, host Slinger (3-3 NSC) on Friday, Jan. 7.



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