Holding Marshfield scoreless in the second quarter wasn’t enough for the Wisconsin Rapids boys basketball team.
Despite that stellar defensive effort, the Raiders dropped a 46-34 decision to the Tigers during Wisconsin Valley Conference action on Tuesday night.
The issue for the Raiders on this night was on the offensive end where Rapids made just 12 of 44 shots.
“We were just not very good on offense tonight,” Rapids coach Dan Witter said. “We had good shots, but they were not going in for us, which is too bad because I thought we played good on defense and we rebounded better than we have been.”
When came to rebounding, the Raiders held a distinct 33-26 advantage, with senior Zach Bassuener leading the way with 17.
Even with Rapids’ defensive efforts in the second quarter, they only managed six points to take a 16-14 lead into the break.
The second-quarter shutout was the second straight in Valley games for the Tigers, who lost after not scoring in the frame against SPASH a week ago.
“This time it felt different than the other,” Marshfield coach Bill Zuiker said. “Tonight we took good shots, we just didn’t make them. I liked the way we ran the offense in the second quarter, our shots just didn’t fall. I like the way the kids played, because we had Lucas (Zuiker) and Tanner (Dennis-Brown) on the bench with fouls at that time.”
Marshfield finally ended a scoring drought of more than nine minutes when Matt Oestreich scored at the 6:47 mark of the third quarter on a short jumper. Oestreich would score six in the quarter and finished with 11.
The Tigers piled on 15 in the third, while holding Rapids to six points to take a 29-22 lead into the final quarter.
“I told the guys that the ball is going to go in and it did in the second half,” Zuiker said. “I think we have a little deeper bench than Rapids and that was another difference in the game.”
Like coach Zuiker, Witter felt his team put up good shots that simply didn’t drop.
“We took good shots and not all of them are going to fall, but we really have to make the open 3s and some of the shots under the basket,” Witter said. “We sometimes put up two and threes shots in those flurries under the basket and those didn’t even fall for us.”
The Raiders were paced by sophomore Alex Bassuener, who finished with 12 points and was a solid 5 for 6 from the free throw line, while Lucas Zuiker paced the Tigers with 17.
MARSHFIELD: Isaac Accola 2, Matt Oestriech 11, Lucas Zuiker 17, Luke Olson 6, Tanner Dennis-Brown 5, Alex Strege 5. Totals: 15-39 13-17 46.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS: Zach Bassuener 2, Riley Presley 8, Alex Bassuener 12, Regis Henke 8, Jayson Wiernik 4. Totals: 12-44 9-14 34.
3-pointers: Marshfield 3-11 (Oestreich 2, Olson); Wisconsin Rapids 1 (A.Bassuener).
Records: Marshfield 7-6, 4-2 WVC; Wisconsin Rapids 4-10, 3-3 WVC.