No. 4 Watertown recovered from a 30-27 halftime deficit thanks to the hot second-half shooting of Landen Mack and Tanner Heiser on the way to defeating O’Gorman 73-56 Friday night at the Knights’ gym.
Watertown coach Brian Norberg spoke highly of Mack and Heiser, who scored 42 combined points in the second half, finishing with 28 and 24 points, respectively.
“Those are two talented players,” Norberg said. “Those two really kind of put us on their back offensively and even defensively the energy kind of picked up after we got them going offensively.”
Jesse Poppen scored eight of the Arrows’ first 13 points to take an early 13-10 lead at the end of the first. In the second quarter at 23-all, O’Gorman started a 9-0 run following a jumper from Connor Nagel that gave the Knights a 30-27 halftime lead.
O’Gorman coach Derek Robey said his team played well in the game’s first 16 minutes but will look to improve as the season continues.
“I thought we did some positive things in the first half,” Robey said. “We’re just trying to get better. We got beat tonight by a very good basketball team.”
The Arrows took the lead for good following a pair of free throws from Mack at the 4:24 mark of the third quarter to take the lead 36-35. The Knights closed within two on two separate occasions before Heiser hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The shot gave Watertown a 47-42 lead heading into the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, the Arrows pushed their lead to 17 on four separate occasions, which would be the game’s final margin.
For O’Gorman (2-3), Nagel tallied 14 points and was one of three Knight players in double figures as he was joined by Kyle Scholten with 11 and Braxton Elliott with 10. The Arrows, which move to 4-0 on the season, will next be in action at the Mike Miller Classic in Mitchell on Friday night facing nationally-ranked La Lumiere from La Porte, Ind.
O’Gorman will also next be in action at the Mike Miller Classic, playing host Mitchell on Dec. 29.