The Pacelli boys basketball team upended Winneconne 52-43 in a boys American Division game of the 41st Annual Sentry Classic on Thursday at the Quandt Fieldhouse.
The Wolves held a 14-12 lead after the opening quarter. Winneconne shot a perfect 4-4 from 3-point range in the opening eight minutes. Pacelli coach Brad Rutta knew that his team would have to lock up the perimeter defensively if his team was to hang around.
“I wasn’t sure they weren’t going to stay that good out there,” Rutta said. “When I saw them against Waupaca, they shot the lights out that night, too. I knew they had really good outside, perimeter shooters.”
The Cardinals opened up the second on a 10-2 run and took a 29-23 lead into halftime thanks, in part, to 12 second-quarter points from Brett O’Sullivan.
Both squads traded blows throughout the third quarter, but Pacelli emerged with its six-point lead still intact heading into the final frame.
For the second time in the contest, the Cardinals posted a 10-2 run to open a quarter. Eight fourth-quarter points from James Gollon helped seal the victory.
O’Sullivan led the charge offensively for Pacelli with a game-high 17 points.
As far as Rutta was concerned, his team’s ability to adjust to various challenges throughout the game helped them emerge victorious.
“I thought we adjusted well. I don’t know that we played the greatest game,” Rutta said. “But, when they hit some shots, we took some shots away.”
Pacelli will enjoy a day off before playing Pittsville at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Winneconne (43): Zach Horn 14, Max Gereau 11, Matt Vanden Boogart 5, Riley Kallas 4, Mitchel Fenrich 3, Josh Gander 2, Brett Kramer 2, Andrew Zolp 2.
Pacelli (52): Brett O’Sullivan 17, Isaac Elliott 13, James Gollon 10, Tyus Groos 5, Jacob Feltz 4, Adam Kluck 3.
3-pointers: Winneconne 8 (Horn 4, Gereau 3, Fenrich); Pacelli 2 (Elliott, Kluck).