The Valders boys basketball team opened on a 9-3 run and led most of the game in a 58-47 home win over Manitowoc Lutheran on Friday night.
After trailing most of the first quarter, Lutheran cut its deficit to 9-8 and led for the first and only time 12-11 at the end of the frame.
In the second quarter, Valders’ Ryan Jirschele was fouled on a made 3-pointer and he made the ensuing free throw to give the Vikings a 24-15 lead midway through the frame.
Despite turning the ball over nine times in the second quarter — compared to Valders’ eight turnovers in the first half — Lutheran chipped away at its deficit and trailed 27-21 at halftime. In the game Valders had nine turnovers to Lutheran’s 19.
In the third quarter, Valders opened on a 6-0 run and took a 12-point lead just a minute into the frame. The Lancers’ deficit was double digits the rest of the way.
The Lancers made one field goal in the third quarter and trailed 43-28 entering the fourth quarter.
Valders built its lead to as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter before Lutheran mounted a slight comeback to cut its deficit to 11 points.
Jared Muench was the only Lutheran player to score in double figures as he had a game-high 20 points with five of the Lancers’ six 3-pointers. For Valders, Thomas Schwoerer had 16 points and three of the Vikings’ five 3-pointers while Zack Goedeke added 13 points.
Lutheran was 13-of-23 from the free-throw line to Valders’ 15-of-28 performance.
The win on Senior Night gets Valders (10-10, 8-8 Olympian Conference) back to .500 as it gets set for its road game at Roncalli on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, Lutheran (9-11, 7-9 OC) will host the OC’s No. 1 team Brillion.
Austin Gorte 7, Ethan Hillmer 4, Brad Kasten 4, Peter Menges 2, David Menk 5, Jared Muench 20, Adam Schwede 4, Kyle Staudt 1.
Forrest Fenlon 7, Zack Goedeke 13, Dayton Goehring 5, Ryan Jirschele 8, Evan Schueler 3, Thomas Schwoerer 16, Jon Shimon 4.
3-Point Goals – Manitowoc Lutheran 6 (Austin Gorte 1, Jared Muench 5), Valders 5 (Forrest Fenlon 1, Ryan Jirschele 1, Thomas Schwoerer 3), Total Fouls – Manitowoc Lutheran 25 (Adam Schwede 5), Valders 23 (Dayton Goehring 5).