Boys basketball: Roncalli edges Valders

Boys basketball: Roncalli edges Valders

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Boys basketball: Roncalli edges Valders

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Defense ruled the first half, but the Roncalli boys basketball team found their groove in the third quarter en route to a 53-43 victory over host Valders on Thursday.

The Vikings held a 16-12 advantage heading into halftime, which wasn’t large enough for Valders coach Trevor Schwoerer.

“We thought we left an opportunity slip by in the first half,” Schwoerer said. “We held them to 12 points, we should of had that lead up to at least 10 points. We left an opportunity on the table where we could have added more pressure to them in the second half. They did a good job, they weathered the storm.”

In the second half, the Jets were sparked by Josh Erickson whose three-point play the old fashioned way gave Roncalli its first lead of the game at 19-18 with just under 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter. From there on out, the Jets utilized an 11-2 run to take control of the game and outscored the Vikings 26-12 in the quarter.

“Valders came out and did a real nice job, it was a good defensive battle. We were missing shots but were able to contain them and give us a chance in the second half to get it going,” said Roncalli coach Joe Rux of the first half. “Josh got us going, specifically in the third quarter, it was the spark we needed.”

Erickson finished with 10 points while teammate Logan Theisen scored a game-high 12. Theisen scored six in the first half, giving the Jets a much-needed presence inside with Erickson missing much of the half due to foul trouble.

“That big third quarter run was huge for us,” Erickson said. “I finally got in the game in the second half because of my fouls early. Coming in I said I had to get going and get some energy for my team to get ahead. Energy and intensity was big time for me.”

Valders, meanwhile, was led by Zach Goedeke’s 21 points and Paxton Korslin’s 11. Goedeke took advantage of several defensive fouls on Roncalli, converting nine times from the line. For the game, the Vikings were 18-of-30 from the line while the Jets were 11-of-14.

“They were double-teaming me on the weakside a couple times but I thought we could have taken advantage of our guard play because of that on the perimeter, ” Goedeke said of the Roncalli defense focusing on him inside.

As the game wore on, both sides were determined to not allow easy looks but the damage had been done in the third quarter by Roncalli. The Jets first 3-pointer didn’t come until 3:30 left in the third when Sam Dudek converted one from beyond the arc, the first of three consecutive 3’s by Roncalli.

Roncalli controlled the ball for much of the fourth quarter, leading by as many as 15 before a late Valders run led by Goedeke and Korslin trimmed the deficit.

“We had to find a different way (in the second half),” Rux said of what turned the game around. “We had to get on the glass me. We could look for those (3-point) shots but maybe not pull quite as quick. I thought we settled down and found our rhythm finally.”

Roncalli…6 6 26 15
— 53


Valders…9 7 12 15 — 43

Roncalli — Heyduk 3, Johnson 4, Patek 5, Stelzer 9, Erickson 10, Dudek 5, Ahola 5, Theisen 12. 3-pt: Heyduk, Stelzer, Erickson, Dudek, Ahola. FT: 11-14. Fouls: 24.

Valders — Korslin 11, Fenlon 5, Schwoerer 4, Goedeke 21, Miller 2. 3-pt: Korslin, Schwoerer. FT: 18-30. Fouls: 16.

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