Dog Pound no place for Wolverines
Crivitz boys stay with Peshtigo for a half
Friday, December 13, 2013 6:00 PM
PESHTIGO - Peshtigo protected its M&O Conference winning streak like a bulldog with a new-found bone against a challenge from a young and talented Crivitz team Friday night.
Peshtigo's Jordan Berth makes an acrobatic drive to the hoop against Crivitz. Berth took game scoring honors with 23 points.
The Bulldogs broke away from a 24-22 halftime lead for a 54-41 victory in front of a large and noisy crowd at the Dog Pound.
Peshtigo extended its league winning streak to 56 games, but it didn't come easy against the fired-up and previously unbeaten Wolverines.
In the span of 18 seconds, Peshtigo bumped a four-point lead to a nine-point margin.
The Bulldogs held a 32-28 lead in the waning seconds of the third quarter when Gunner Kinney scooped up a loose ball, spun around and zipped a pass to Logan Noffke, who sailed in for an uncontested layup.
Crivitz worked the ball around for a last shot before Jordan Berth swiped the ball and drove in from halfcourt for a three-point play with two-tenths of a second left in the quarter.
Brendon Thomas dished off to a wide-open Zack Neumann for a layup and an 11-point lead to open the fourth quarter.
Colton Lange trimmed the deficit under double digits (41-32) when he zapped in a 3-pointer with 5:02 remaining, but Neumann quickly countered with a 3-ball from the corner to push the Bulldogs' lead to 44-32. Another 3-point laser from Neumann stretched the lead to 47-33 with 2:52 left in the game.
The Wolverines sank just 27 percent of their shots from the floor and misfired on eight of nine shots during the Bulldogs' fourth-quarter run.
Crivitz led for most of the first quarter before Berth buried a triple with 11 seconds left to knot the score at 10-10.
A Neumann steal and Darius Dohl basket from the corner gave the Bulldogs a 16-10 lead early in the second period.
Ben Fischer's spin move followed by a layup that curled into the basket cut the lead to 20-18 and Lange swished a pair of free throws to pull the Wolverines even (22-22) with 42 seconds left in the half.
Dohl sank a shot while being hacked to give Peshtigo its 24-22 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs held a five-point lead early in the third quarter before Jeremy Kralovetz zeroed in a 3-pointer. Peshtigo had an answer again as Neumann yanked the twine with another three to restore the five-point (32-27) lead.
The Bulldogs nailed 40 percent of their shots and contained the outside firepower of Fischer and the Wolverines. Crivitz connected on just four two-point shots in the game.
When the Wolverines sent Berth to the line, he made them pay for it -sinking 8 of 12 tries during his 23-point night. Neumann had 17 points, highlighted by his four 3-pointers.
Crivitz hung with the Bulldogs because of its 18 of 24 night at the line. Lange sank 8 of 10 free throw attempts and finished with 16 points. Fischer's points came at the line, hitting 7 of 8 shots in his 11-point outing.
Kralovetz finished with nine points, all on 3-pointers.
Peshtigo won the junior varsity game 54-27. Tyler Marquardt led the Bulldogs with 13 points.
The Bulldogs (5-0) stand alone atop the M&O Conference with their 3-0 record. The Wolverines (5-1) slip to 3-1 in league play. Crivitz plays at Florence Monday and Peshtigo visits Suring Dec. 19.
CRIVITZ (41) - Sesssler 0, Lange 16, Stumbris 2, Kralovetz 9, Fischer 11, Sawinski 2. Totals - FG 9 FT: 18-24 F: 15
PESHTIGO (54) - Neumann 17, Berth 23, Sanborn 2, Kinney 0, Woller 4, Thomas 2, Dohl 4, Noffke 2. Totals - FG:19 FT: 11-18 F: 22
Crivitz 10 12 6 13 - 41
Peshtigo 10 14 13 17 - 54