The No. 5-seeded Manitowoc Lutheran boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead over visiting No. 12 Mishicot on Tuesday and held on late to win the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament Division 4 regional opener 70-57.
The Lancers were led by Adam Schwede and Jared Muench, each scoring 21 points while Austin Gorte added 11 points.
For Mishicot, Derek Hlinak was a one-man wrecking crew, pouring in a game-high 22 points while teammate Chris Kornelly added 11.
The Indians led 3-2 early in the first quarter but the Lancers responded with a quick 6-0 run to take an 8-3 advantage before Hlinak ended the run with a lay-in.
Hlinak scored six of the Indians’ first nine points as he helped trim Lutheran’s lead to 13-9. He added another basket to score eight straight for Mishicot but the Lancers held an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Lutheran’s offense was being funneled through the two-headed monster of Muench and Schwede, who combined for 16 points midway through the second quarter as the Lancers built a 23-16 advantage.
Kornelly came alive for Mishicot as Lutheran took its largest lead at 31-16, scoring five-straight points to get the Indians’ deficit back to 10 points. The two sides traded 3-pointers to end the half to enter the break with the Lancers up 34-26.
Lutheran went for stretches of the first half shooting lights out before Mishicot fought back with Kornelly and Hlinak combining for 17 points at the half while Muench and Schwede totaled 11 each for 22 at the half for the Lancers.
The second half got underway with Muench and Schwede matched each other shot for shot, helping the Lancers use a 9-2 run to take a 43-28 lead midway through the third quarter.
Jon Peterson converted three the old-fashioned way to reduce the Indians deficit to 45-37 nearing the end of the quarter before Bryan Willman hit his third 3-pointer of the game seconds later.
The Lancers saw a 15-points lead whittled away to just three with under two minutes to go in the third at 45-42. A quick spurt to end the quarter gave Lutheran a seven point lead at 49-42 entering the fourth.
After coming close to tying the game, Mishicot fought right back and trailed 55-50 with less than five minutes remaining.
Lutheran stretched the margin to 10 points once again after Mishicot started to go cold from the field towards the end.
Gorte iced the game from the free-throw line down the stretch to help the Lancers advance.
Mishicot finishes the season at 1-22 while up next for Lutheran (10-13) will be host No. 4 Howards Grove (15-7) on Friday with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m.
Derek Hlinak 22, Chris Kornelly 11, Tim Kue 1, Jake Murphy 7, Dustin Peterson 2, Jon Peterson 5, Bryan Willman 9.
Austin Gorte 11, Ethan Hillmer 8, Peter Menges 5, David Menk 4, Jared Muench 21, Adam Schwede 21.
3-Point Goals – Mishicot 5 (Derek Hlinak 2, Bryan Willman 3), Manitowoc Lutheran 4 (Austin Gorte 1, Ethan Hillmer 1, Jared Muench 2), Total Fouls – Mishicot 18, Manitowoc Lutheran 16; Free Throws: Mishicot 14-17, Manitowoc Lutheran 14-19.
Reedsville 75, Manawa 50
The No. 6-seeded Reedsville (8-15) led 27-4 after the first quarter and never looked back in the home win over the No. 11 Manawa (6-17).
Reedsville had four players reach double figures with Brock Gilsdorf leading the way with a game-high 21 points followed by teammates Cody Schamburek (18), Bryler Kiekhaefer (10) and Brett Dvorachek (10).
The Panthers will take on host No. 3 Oshkosh Lourdes (14-7) on Friday with the tip off set for 7 p.m.
Austin Dean 15, Logan Hass 8, Wesley Krauss 19, Alex Murphy 2, Aaron Strebe 1, Alex Thompson 5.
Brett Dvorachek 10, Casey Fenlon 2, Brock Gilsdorf 21, Collin Haese 2, AJ Hynek 2, Bryler Kiekhaefer 10, Zach Laabs 2, Cody Schamburek 18, Connor Sebo 2, Brady Wendland 2, Bryce Wenzel 4.
3-Point Goals – Manawa 5 (Austin Dean 3, Wesley Krauss 2), Reedsville 6 (Brock Gilsdorf 5, Cody Schamburek 1), Total Fouls – Manawa 16, Reedsville 16.
Due to the inclement weather Manitowoc County experienced on Tuesday, the Division 3 regional games of No. 9-seeded Valders at No. 8 Sturgeon Bay and No. 9 Kiel at No. 8 North Fond du Lac were postponed to today. Both games will tip off at 7 p.m.