The Manitowoc Lincoln boys basketball team continued its streak of starting out slow and fell to host Pulaski 65-33 on Friday.
The Red Raiders used a suffocating defense to take early control of the game, forcing several Ships’ turnovers en route to taking a 6-0 lead before Lincoln first scored on a layup by Jake Rohrer.
Patrick Johnson gave Lincoln (3-5, 1-3 Fox River Classic Conference) some life by nailing a 3-pointer after Pulaski (5-2, 3-1 FRCC) built a 10-2 lead with roughly two minutes left in the first quarter. The Ships trailed 14-5 at the end of the quarter.
Johnson finished with a team-high eight points to lead Lincoln.
Injuries, especially in the backcourt, caused Lincoln to try to find an offensive identity in search of a facilitator to feed Ships standouts Austin Mecca and Jake Rohrer. The duo ended the game with seven and five points, respectively.
The second half wasn’t any easier as Lincoln fell behind 26-5 before Mecca scored his first points in the game nearing the end of the first half on a pair of free throws.
Pulaski used a 12-0 run to take control of the game and Lincoln trailed 33-9 at halftime.
The Ships committed 16 first-half turnovers as a result of a hounding Red Raider defense, while Pulaski committed three in comparison.
When all was said and done, Lincoln finished with 27 turnovers for the game.
Johnson hit his second 3-pointer of the game while Mecca made his first field goal of the game in quick succession to help the Ships get some continuity on offense but fell behind 43-14 midway through the third quarter.
The frame ended with the Ships facing a 30-point deficit at 49-19 entering the fourth quarter.
Lincoln coach Brian Gallagher emptied his bench with Orlando Bennett coming on strong late in the game for the Ships with back-to-back steals and four quick points as Lincoln continued to hustle despite the lopsided score.
Complete stats, including individual scorers for Pulaski, were not provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
Orlando Bennett 4, Kyle Hoffman 3, Patrick Johnson 8, Ben Kohls 4, Austin Mecca 7, Jake Rohrer 5, Nick Schroeder 2.
3-Point Goals – Lincoln -Manitowoc 4, Pulaski 5, Total Fouls – Lincoln 12, Pulaski 14.
Late Thursday Manitowoc Lutheran 62, St. Mary Central 47
Garrett Buch scored 20 points and Jared Muench added 14 more as the Lancers picked up the victory in Menasha.
Lutheran was up eight at the half and six at the end of three before pulling away in the fourth quarter.
Complete statistics were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
Valders 57, Hilbert 44
Marc Bauer 9, Forrest Fenlon 13, Zack Goedeke 15, Dayton Goehring 4, Ryan Jirschele 2, Thomas Schwoerer 10, Jon Shimon 4. Totals 23 11-21 57.
Evan Geiser 2, Jordan Jones 11, Bryse Schaffer 6, Spencer Schulz 10, Andrew Wittmann 8, Zach Woelful 7. Totals 17 5-9 44.
3-Point Goals – Valders 2 (Marc Bauer 1, Thomas Schwoerer 1), Hilbert 5 (Jordan Jones 3, Spencer Schulz 1, Zach Woelful 1), Total Fouls – Valders 9, Hilbert 19.