WIAA Boys Basketball: Roncalli 1 game away from State after win over Valders

WIAA Boys Basketball: Roncalli 1 game away from State after win over Valders


WIAA Boys Basketball: Roncalli 1 game away from State after win over Valders



It seemed only fitting for the third meeting between Roncalli and Valders to come down to the 3-point shot.

The No. 1 seeded Jets hit 12 3’s as a team, including seven in the first quarter alone, to knock off the No. 2 Vikings 54-37 on Thursday in De Pere in the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal.

“Roncalli, they were ready to go,” said Valders coach Trevor Schwoerer of Roncalli’s opening quarter in which the Jets got off to an 11-0 run and led 23-8 at the end of the frame. “We were ready to go too but they just kept piling on shot after shot. That’s the best shooting performance they’ve had all year that I’ve seen.”

Leading the charge to start the game for the Jets was Nick Stelzer, who scored all 12 of his points in the first quarter hitting four 3-pointers. Teammate Jared Patek also added 10 points for Roncalli helping to facilitate the offense.

“Nick Stelzer played out of his mind,” said Roncalli coach Joe Rux. “With that combination on offense (of Stelzer and Patek) I thought we were able to do some nice things.”

Also for Roncalli, Josh Erickson scored a team-high 15, 11 of which coming in the second half.

“The key for us was jumping out to that 11-0 run,” Erickson said. “We knew we had to come out with a lot of energy against these guys.”

As hot as Roncalli started the game, they cooled off just as quickly in the second quarter, something Rux attributed to nerves.

“We got undisciplined and had to settle down (in the second),” Rux added. “I thought we made a big run (in the first) and our kids got excited…once we got a 15-point lead there was some cushion and let us make a few adjustments at halftime.”

Valders knew they needed a spark in the second half and Schwoerer was hoping to get back in the game after trailing 28-14 at the break.

“Down 14, I told them (at halftime) we got to chip away and couldn’t get it all back in one quarter,” Schwoerer added about his halftime adjustments. “We wanted to get it down to three possessions or single digits entering the fourth quarter and we thought we could have had a ball game. Roncalli did a good job and sustained that lead and shut down that little run we wanted to make.”

Neither team really separated themselves in the second half with the Jets outscoring the Vikings 26-23 in the second half.

Thomas Schwoerer did his part for Valders, tying Erickson for the game-high with 15 while hitting three 3’s of his own.

“It’s hard to try and beat a team three times and we knew that coming in,” Schwoerer said. “We tried to move the ball down low to Zack (Goedeke). They really pressured (Goedeke), having four guys attacking him at all times.”

Goedeke, Valders’ leading scorer entering tonight averaging 14 points a contest, was limited to six points on the night. Roncalli’s defense also held the Vikings to a season-low 37 as a team.

Valders finishing the season 21-4 overall, with three of those losses coming at the hands of the Jets.

Next up for Roncalli (24-1) will be a meeting with fellow No. 1 seed Little Chute (17-8) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Menasha.

Valders…8 6 11 12
— 37

Roncalli…23 5 11 15 — 54

Valders — Korslin 5, Fenlon 9, Schwoerer 15, Miller 2, Goedeke 6, 3 pt: Fenlon 3, Korslin, Schwoerer 3. FT: 4-10, Fouls 16

Roncalli — Heyduk 1, Ahola 5, Johnson 3, Patek 10, Stelzer 12, Erickson 15, Theisen 8. 3-pt: Ahola, Johnson, Patek 2, Stelzer 4, Erickson 2, Theisen 2. FT: 4-12. Fouls: 14


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