Boys basketball: Stratford comes from behind to beat Assumption

Boys basketball: Stratford comes from behind to beat Assumption

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Boys basketball: Stratford comes from behind to beat Assumption

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The Stratford boys basketball team started Thursday night’s game against visiting Assumption by doing very little right.

But as the game wore on, the Tigers did very little wrong and rallied to post a 62-55 victory.

The teams play again Saturday night in Wisconsin Rapids.

“It goes back to their style of play,” Stratford coach Curt Schmidt said. “If you don’t see it everyday and you can’t simulate it in practice, it takes a bit to get settled. We needed to be patient because eventually they can wear out, too. We tried to make them work hard.”

Assumption’s full-court trapping style did put the Tigers to the test in the opening eight minutes as Strartford turned the ball over 11 times in the first quarter.

The Royals led 11-8 at the end of the quarter and led by as many as 11 in the second period. To add insult to injury, the Tigers shot 1 for 8 from the free throw line in the second quarter and trailed 29-23 at the half.

Senior guard Eli Temanson provided a much needed spark at the end of the half. He had eight consecutive Stratford points as the half came to a close.

Temanson was at it again in the third, scoring eight more points and finally putting his team ahead 37-35 with two free throws at the 1:15 mark of the third.

But the Royals fought back to take a 42-40 lead after three quarters.

“We didn’t have enough patience on offense,” Assumption coach Gary Weisenbeck said. “I was a little confused with that. They put the clamps on Chase (Lamp). He’s a marked man and he knows it. Their defense helped extremely well. We weren’t patient enough. We did not play our base offense very well tonight.”

With the Royals turning the ball over three out of four trips, the Tigers took advantage with a 3-pointer from Jake Reif and a bucket from Austin Strasser to take back the lead. Temanson then hit 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to lead Stratford to the win. Temanson finished with 23 points on 7 of 14 shooting including a 3-pointer and 8 of 10 free throws.

“It was two way different halves,” Schmidt said. “Down the stretch, we hit our free throws. My point guard (Temanson) had a great game.”

Temanson was the only Tiger in double figures while the Royals had three. Josh Paltz had 20. Lamp had 15 and Kolt Linzmeier scored 10.

Assumption 11 18 13 13 55
Stratford 8 15 17 22 62

Assumption (55): Josh Paltz 20, Chase Lamp 15, Trevor Newton 2, Jared Haas 3, Brady Baltus 3, Kolt Linzmeier 10, Natahniel Clark 2. FT 18-25.

Stratford (62): Dawson Gebelein 5, Eli Temanson 23, Jeremiah Hubing 8, Michael Bargender 6, Wustin Strasser 8, Jake Reif 8, Jake Schmitt 4. FT 19-32.

Records: Assumption 7-12, 5-7 Marawood South. Stratford 7-9, 7-5 Marawood South.

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