Prep boys basketball: Roncalli handles Lutheran

Prep boys basketball: Roncalli handles Lutheran

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Prep boys basketball: Roncalli handles Lutheran

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The Manitowoc Lutheran boys basketball team had an epic comeback to force overtime but host Roncalli held on for a 70-68 win on Tuesday.

After taking an early lead in the first quarter, Lutheran allowed Roncalli to go an 8-0 run and a Josh Erickson 3-pointer gave the Jets a 10-4 lead with less than four minutes left in the frame.

Erickson scored six of Roncalli’s first 10 points and ended the first quarter with eight points as a Nate Lassila 3-pointer at the buzzer had the Jets leading 17-10 entering the second quarter.

Lutheran, though, mounted a comeback in the second quarter and took a 19-18 lead with five minutes left in the first half.

The pair exchanged leads the rest of the way until Roncalli had a 6-0 run in the final two minutes of the half — capped by a Lassila field goal again as time expired — to give the Jets a 32-25 halftime lead.

Lassila had 15 points in the first half — 10 in second quarter — while Erickson sat out the frame in foul trouble. Adam Schwede led Lutheran in the first half with 10 points.

With less than four minutes left in the third quarter, Roncalli took its first double-digit lead of the game at 39-29 and at the end of the frame Roncalli led 48-38.

In the fourth quarter, Lutheran had a 10-0 run to make it 53-47 with four minutes left and chipped away at the deficit to make it 57-56 with one minute left.

A pair of Tyler Heyduk free-throws with about 40 seconds left made it 59-56 Roncalli and on the final Lancers possession Roncalli allowed Austin Gorte to get a layup for the Lancers to make it 59-58 with 28 seconds left.

With 15 seconds Lutheran fouled Lassila and he made two free-throws to make it 61-58.

Austin Gorte though made a 3-pointer — his third of the quarter — to send it to overtime at 61-61.

In the extra period it was all Roncalli though.

Individual and team stats for Roncalli were not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.

Manitowoc Lutheran 10 15 13 23 7 68
Roncalli 17 15 16 13 9 70

Manitowoc Lutheran

Garrett Buch 11, Austin Gorte 19, Ethan Hillmer 4, David Menk 2, Jared Muench 10, Adam Schwede 20, Kyle Staudt 2.

3-Point Goals – Manitowoc Lutheran 6 (Garrett Buch 3, David Menk 3), Total Fouls – Manitowoc Lutheran 22 (Ethan Hillmer 5, Adam Schwede 5).

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