Prep boys basketball: TR thwarts late rally for win

Prep boys basketball: TR thwarts late rally for win

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Prep boys basketball: TR thwarts late rally for win

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Brett Linzmeier scored 26 points and Dexter Smith added 25 as the Two Rivers boys basketball team defeated visiting New Holstein 66-55 on Thursday night for the Raiders’ third win in a row.

Smith started the game with two 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give the Raiders an early 6-0 advantage. New Holstein began with a zone defense and had a man assigned to guarding Linzmeier, something Two Rivers took advantage of by making outside shots. The Huskies adjusted to man-to-man midway through the first quarter, and after the first quarter they trailed 21-16.

“Dexter Smith finally played an amazing game so that was really nice to see,” Two Rivers coach Randy Fredrikson said.

Smith opened the second frame with another 3-pointer, but with just more than four minutes left in the first half New Holstein tied the game up at 26-26. The Raiders answered with a 12-1 run to make it 38-27 at halftime.

Linzmeier and Smith had 14 points in the first half with Smith making three 3-pointers. The Raiders outrebounded the Huskies 18-8 through two quarters and created confusion for their opponents by pounding the ball inside against the man-to-man defense.

New Holstein heated up in the third quarter, though, and went on a 12-0 run to earn their first lead at 43-41 with two minutes left in the frame.

As they did when New Holstein (1-4, 1-2 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) first tied the game up, the Raiders responded after entering the fourth quarter up 45-43 with Smith opening another quarter with a 3-pointer and Two Rivers (3-2, 2-1 EWC) never looked back the rest of the way.

Smith finished with four 3-pointers and eight rebounds while Linzmeier had two 3-pointers, six rebounds and five assists. For the first time this season Two Rivers outrebounded its opponent with a season-high as it beat the Huskies 33-24 in the boards category — 11-2 in offensive rebounds.

Two Rivers, which shot 16-of-22 from the free-throw-line, hosts Sheboygan Falls (3-2, 1-1 EWC) on Tuesday.

New Holstein individual and team statistics were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.

New Holstein 16 11 16 12 55
Two Rivers 21 17 7 21 66

Two Rivers

Brett Kasper 6, Brett Linzmeier 26, Brett Slaby 2, Dexter Smith 25, Jordan Steckler 4, Erik Wiegand 1, Ethan Willman 2.

3-Point Goals – Two Rivers 6 (Brett Linzmeier 2, Dexter Smith 4), Total Fouls – Two Rivers 18.

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