Warrior boys can’t hold the lead

But Warriors crash boards to win first game in January
By 
DEB HAMM
Ozaukee Press correspondent

The Ozaukee High School boys’ basketball team let a close Big East Conference contest slip away last Thursday at Sheboygan Christian.

The Warriors led by one point with less than seven minutes to play but ended up on the short end of a 59-51 score.

“Tough game,” Ozaukee coach Bob Domach said.

“We battled all game and just fell short at the end. We had trouble scoring the last few minutes. Had great shots, just couldn’t knock them down.”

It was an unusual game in which each team was whistled for multiple offensive fouls. Ozaukee’s Bret Hamm was called for two of them in the opening minutes of the game.  

The Warriors turned over the ball 10 times in the first half.  

Despite foul trouble and turnovers, Ozaukee led at halftime, 31-30, thanks to strong first-half shooting by Connor Rennicke.

Rennicke scored 16 of his team-high 21 points before the break.

The game remained close throughout most of the second half.

The last time the Warriors led was with 6 minutes, 47 seconds to play after Matt Miller connected on a pair of free throws to give Ozaukee a 47-46 edge.

Hamm scored a basket with 4:17 to play and the game was tied at 49, but Christian scored two consecutive baskets and never trailed again.

After Rennicke drained a pair of three-pointers with 1:54 to play, Ozaukee closed to 53-51, but the Eagles scored the last six points to ice their victory.

Miller scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Braxton Gahan scored nine points and had 10 rebounds. Hamm scored seven points.

The Eagles, 5-3 in the Big East, got big offensive games from Michael Modahl with 22 points and Noah Heinen with 20 points.

The Warriors, 2-6 in the Big East and 4-7 overall, were to play at Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (5-4 overall) Tuesday. Ozaukee will host Hilbert (0-13) Friday, play at Valley Christian (2-8 overall) on Monday, Jan. 24, and host Manitowoc Lutheran (6-7 overall) on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

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