Prep boys basketball: Roncalli falls after contentious call

Prep boys basketball: Roncalli falls after contentious call

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Prep boys basketball: Roncalli falls after contentious call

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In a bizarre ending that capped a back-and-forth battle between two undefeated Olympian Conference heavyweights, the Roncalli boys basketball team fell to visiting Wrightstown 48-47 on Friday night.

With Roncalli (5-1, 3-1 OC) having led since 3:04 left in the first quarter, Wrightstown (5-0, 4-0 OC) was set to inbound the ball with 15.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter down 49-47 when the referees conferred at the scorer’s table and ruled two extra points had been awarded to Roncalli, thus making it 47-47.

On the ensuing possession, Wrightstown was fouled with 4.2 seconds left to go to the free throw line for two shots. With the first one made, Roncalli’s Nate Lassila rebounded the missed second attempt but could not get a shot off as the buzzer signaled the game’s end. The win was Wrightstown’s fourth in a row over Roncalli.

In a radio interview after the game, Joe Rux confirmed the referees informed him that scoring error occurred at some point in the third quarter. For much of the fourth quarter the Jets played a slow style of offense as they had built a sizable lead — 43-34 at 6:09 left in the final frame — and held the ball for nearly 30 seconds on its last possession waiting for Wrightstown to commit a foul.

For most of the night Roncalli controlled the game. Lassila scored the Jets’ first 13 points and after an 8-0 run Roncalli led 13-11 after the first quarter. Despite Roncalli being at a height disadvantage, it led in the rebounds category 12-7 en route to a 25-21 halftime lead.

Coming off his season-high 32 point performance in Tuesday’s 79-39 home win over Manitowoc Lutheran, Lassila finished the game with a team-high 20 points. Also for Roncalli, Josh Erickson added nine points and Isaiah Bessert had eight.

Complete team and invidual stats for this game were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.

Roncalli next will host Mishicot (0-5, 0-3 OC) on Tuesday.

Manitowoc Lutheran 56, Mishicot 42

The Lancers prevailed by continually extending their over the visiting Indians after taking a 26-19 lead at halftime and never stepping off the pedal.

Lutheran had three players in double figures, led by Jared Muench’s game-high 18 while teammates Garrett Buch and Adam Scwede each had 11.

Derek Hlinak paced Mishicot with a team-high 16 and teammate Bryan Willman added 13.

Both team were hot from beyond the arc, with Hlinak and Muench each draining four 3’s for their respective teams.

Mishicot 12 7 10 13 42
Manitowoc Lutheran 16 10 15 15 56

Mishicot

Dalton Derene 4, Justin Herman 3, Derek Hlinak 16, Dustin Peterson 4, Jon Peterson 2, Bryan Willman 13.

Manitowoc Lutheran

Garrett Buch 11, Austin Gorte 8, David Menk 4, Jared Muench 18, Adam Schwede 11, Kyle Staudt 4.

3-Point Goals – Mishicot 6 (Derek Hlinak 4, Bryan Willman 2), Manitowoc Lutheran 7 (Garrett Buch 1, Austin Gorte 1, Jared Muench 4, Adam Schwede 1), Total Fouls – Mishicot 14, Manitowoc Lutheran 14.

Brillion 54, Valders 45

The Vikings (3-2, 2-2 OC) let one slip away on the road after leading 39-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Valders trailing with 2:52 left in the game 45-41 before Brillion pulled away. A rare anomaly was the fact the Vikings didn’t attempt a single free throw all game.

No other information was provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.

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