For the big boys, it was a night of redemption.
Twenty-four hours after small schools Newman Catholic and Pacelli beat the Wausau schools — Wausau East and Wausau West — the larger schools returned the favor as East outlasted Pacelli 58-52 and West beat Newman 41-35 during the last day of the Turkey Shoot tournament at Wausau West High School.
“The nice thing about basketball, compared to football, is you can play sooner and get a chance to redeem yourself,” East coach Paul Dimka said. “Our guys were chomping at the bit to get back at it today because they didn’t feel like they gave their best performance on Friday night.”
East never trailed against the Cardinals, and a big part of that was the Lumberjacks’ defense, which held Pacelli scoreless for nearly six minutes that spanned from the end of the first quarter to the start of the second.
Colin Jamison drained a 3-pointer at 4 minutes, 27 seconds of the first quarter to pull within 9-6, then East answered with five points to end the quarter with a 14-6 lead.
East built a 19-6 lead before Pacelli’s Jake Feltz sank a short jump shot at 5:39 of the second quarter to make it 19-8.
“They stuck to their 1-3-1 zone and pushed it out pretty far, and that made us take some long shots that we didn’t make,” Pacelli coach Brad Rutta said. “We need to find the bottom of the bucket a little more.”
East had 10 different players score points and two in double figures, while just five scored for Pacelli.
“We got beat on the intangibles last night, and we did much better tonight,” Dimka said. “We got good production from all 10 guys who got into the game tonight, and that was great to see.”
In the Wausau West game, the Warriors had a big defensive stand in the second quarter, and they did it with senior Taylor Penn on the bench with two fouls.
The Warriors held Newman to just two points in the quarter and scoreless for 5:57.
“We thought we had a good chance with Taylor on the bench, but we didn’t run our offense well and only scored two points,” Newman coach Jeff Gress said. “Our defensive effort was great, but we need to be able to make open shots and work the ball into the post more.”
Newman hung close in the third quarter, but in the fourth when the Cardinals had to foul to stop the clock, West held up its end by making free throws.
The Warriors shot 15 of 23 for the game and 7 of 9 in the fourth quarter.
“With a tournament like this, playing on back-to-back nights, a bench is important and our bench played phenomenal tonight,” West coach Nate Lemmens said.
Jacob Raeder made all five free throws he shot in the fourth quarter and Penn made both of his and 6 of 8 for the game.
“We kept our composure under their pressure and we found a way to finish the game,” Penn said. “This game gave us a lot of confidence heading into the conference next week. It’s only up from here.”
Scoring leaders: Pacelli, Jake Feltz 13, Tyus Groos 3, Isaac Elliott 9, Colin Jamison 15, Nathan Glodowski 2; Wausau East, Dylan Hamlin 11, Bryce Taylor 8, Tanner Dimka 7, Jade Rutkowski 3, Bryce idmark 15, Eric Daniel 2, Suan Wilson 4, Tim Nass 2, Trenton Pate 2, JP Lacy 4. Free throws: Pacelli 14-18; Wausau East 13-18. 3-pointers: Pacelli 5-22 (Groos, I.Elliott, Jameison 3)
Records: Wausau East 2-1; Pacelli 2-1.
Scoring leaders: Newman Catholic, Nate Prososki 10, Marcus Gabriel 12, Jeff Ford 7, Jake Gajewski 6; Wausau West: Kyle Nikel 4, Jacob Raeder 13, Taylor Penn 14, Mason Bednarski 2, Joe Utecht 4, Carson Weber 2, Jakob Tordsen 2. Free throws: Newman Catholic 8-14; Wausau West 15-23. 3-pointers: Newman Catholic 3 (Prososki 2, Gabriel); Wausau West 3 (Raeder, Penn 2).
Records: Wausau West 2-2 overall; Newman Catholic 2-2 overall.