Random Lake’s defense, experience foils CG-Belgium

The Warriors split a pair of Big East Conference blowouts

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Brody Halleman went up for a shot under pressure from Random Lake’s Mitchell Huiras last Friday in Cedar Grove. Photo by Mitch Maersch
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MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

The season’s bugaboo for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School boys’ basketball team reared its head last Friday as the Rockets lost to visiting Random Lake, 69-57.

The Rockets built a 24-16 lead with about four and a half minutes left in the first half, causing the Rams to call a timeout. Random Lake followed with a 16-2 run to close the half and take a 32-26 lead at the break, and the Rams kept control for the rest of the way.

“That’s usually our M.O. this year. We play really good the first half and then we sputter in the second half,” coach Derek Wimmer said.

Senior Parker Knight had 20 points on 6-for-10 shooting for the Rockets. Matthew Peiffer had 10 points and went 2-for-5 on three-pointers. Owen Gulke had eight points on 4-for-6 shooting, and Brody Halleman scored seven on 3-for-4 shooting. Caleb Beightol added six points on 3-for-4 shooting.

Ram forward Matt Merlo scored 23 points on 8-for-20 shooting and had 17 rebounds. Mitchell Hiller had 18 points and six rebounds, and Reid Rydzewski had 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Rams tightened up the defense in the second half, and Wimmer said the Rockets didn’t do themselves any favors.

“We started making bad mistakes. Bad passes, off our foot and we started throwing it away,” he said.

The loss came three days after the Rockets pulled out a 45-44 win over Hilbert at home.

The Wolves battled back from a 20-12 deficit, but the Rockets did enough in the clutch. Mason Navis scored inside with 54 seconds left to extend the Rockets’ lead to 44-39. Hilbert answered with a bucket inside to make it 44-41.

The Rockets missed the front end of a bonus, and Hilbert grabbed the rebound and scored again inside to make it 44-43 with 20 seconds left.

The Wolves were forced to foul, and Navis hit one of two free throws with 13.3 seconds left to make it 45-43. Hilbert was fouled with 6.9 seconds left. A Wolf bounced in the first free throw but missed the second. A teammate grabbed the rebound, missed the putback, snagged the ball again and missed the putback. A desperation shot was well short, and the Rockets held on.

“We had a good first half. We let them get back in and squeaked it out,” Wimmer said.

“It was a little rough the second half but we got it done,” Knight said.

The Rockets, 4-6 in the Big East Conference and 5-10 overall, were to play at St. Mary Catholic on Tuesday, Jan. 24, host Ozaukee on Thursday, Jan. 26, and Mishicot on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Ozaukee splits a pair of conference games

Ozaukee blew out visiting Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 69-51, on Jan. 17, and lost at Hilbert, 71-55, last Friday.

In the victory, Ozaukee led 34-29, at halftime, behind 13 points each from Sawyer Kowalkowski and Bret Hamm.

In the second half, the Resorters got to within 40-38, but the warriors pulled away.

“We played our best defense of the season in the second half,” Ozaukee coach Bob Domach said.

“I was really proud of how we competed…really played well as a team.

Hamm had 21 points, Kowalkowski had 16 and Aaron Nehls had 14 and seven rebounds. Chase Miller had eight points. Connor Rennicke had seven points and nine assists. Parker Kraus had six rebounds.

“Parker Kraus came of the bench and provided great defense and rebounding,” Domach said.

Jacob Ganga had 13 points for the Resorters.

At Hilbert, Ozaukee fell behind, 36-27, at halftime. They only had three turnovers but struggled shooting and rebounding.

“It was our worst showing of the year. We lacked effort and sharpness,” Domach said.

Nehls had 15 points and went 5-for-9 on three-pointers, and Hamm had 14.

Julian Steffes had 19 points for Hilbert.

The Warriors, 5-6 in the Big East and 7-7 overall, played Manitowoc Lutheran Tuesday, Jan 24. After hosting Cedar Grove-Belgium on Thursday, they host Howards Grove Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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