Threes not quite enough

Ozaukee’s hot start fades in road playoff loss

OZAUKEE’S IVAN GARCIA, shown here earlier in the season, caught fire with seven three-pointers against Kewaunee in the opening round of the Division 4 playoffs, but the hosts prevailed, 71-52. Photo by Sam Arendt

The Ozaukee Warriors boys’ basketball team ended its season with a 71-52 loss to host Kewaunee Storm in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal game Feb. 27.

Early on, things looked good for the No. 8-seeded Warriors to pull off the upset over the No. 9 seed.

“We started off really hot, we moved the ball well, we were very unselfish to start the game,” Ozaukee coach Bob Domach said.

The Warriors built a double-digit lead behind the hot hands of Ivan Garcia, who drained a trio of three-pointers in the opening minutes to help his team to a 14-2 lead.

The Warriors’ offense went stone cold after that, as the Storm came back and took a 15-14 lead before Ozaukee scored again.

The score was tied several times in the next several minutes before Kewaunee’s offense got hot and built a 41-26 halftime lead.

Ozaukee battled back in the second half and came as close as 11 points, but the deficit was too great for the Warriors to overcome.

The Warriors’ offense became hesitant, and ball movement stalled.

“We slowed down our ball movement, we dribbled more and passed less. We took ourselves out of the game,” Domach said.

Garcia had a career-high 21 points, all on three-point baskets. He was the only Warrior player to reach double digits.

Jotham Higginbotham scored nine, and Mitch Weyker scored eight.

The Storm was led by Ryan Carmichael and Tanner Bortolini, who each scored 14 points. Max Hanrahan added 11.

All three of the Storm’s top scorers are at least 6 feet, 3 inches tall. The Warriors’ tallest player is 6-1.

“Their height really bothered us,” Domach said.

Ozaukee ended its season with a 5-18 overall record.

Kewaunee went on to lose at top-seeded Roncalli, 76-40, in the regional final.



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