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.
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.