In both games a season ago, Oshkosh North built big first-quarter leads on its way to blowing out Oshkosh West.
If West wanted to make it a game Friday night at Oshkosh North high school, they had to get off to a better start.
They couldn’t make that happen.
Philip Flory and Seth Taylor had 17 points apiece and Majok Madut added 14 as North rushed out to a 13-point first quarter lead, led by 21 at halftime and was never really threatened in the second half on its way to a 74-44 victory over Oshkosh West in front of a capacity crowd.
Blake Marquardt also chipped in with 10 points for North (7-4, 5-2 FVA).
The victory moved coach Frank Schade into 6th place all-time in boys basketball with 557 wins, passing Neenah great Ron Einerson.
Jake Guenther was the lone player in double figures for Oshkosh West (5-4, 3-3 FVA) with 15 points.
“We played a total game like the way we wanted to,” Nick Bauer said. “(We played) with a lot of energy and I think we’ve been improving with our energy and our hustle and our defensive rebounds and I think it’s a good game to build off of.”
It was the ninth straight victory for Oshkosh North in the crosstown series, and the Wildcats were in trouble from the opening tip.
North ran out to a 14-5 lead capped off by a thunderous two-handed dunk by Madut. He finished with six points in the quarter and 10 of his 14 in the first half.
“He’s been getting a lot better in practices and we keep feeding him the ball and getting him his opportunities and he’s been putting a lot of extra time in after practices and that’s good,” Bauer said.
Madut’s dunk was after a turnover at the top of North’s 1-3-1 defense, one of 11 for the Wildcats in the first half and 22 for the game.
“We turned the ball over up top against the 1-3-1 and that allowed them to get out in transition and they’re very good at that,” West coach Jason Fahrney said.
Billy Courchene drilled a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 16-8 late in the first quarter for West, but back-to-back layups by Bauer and Flory gave North a 23-10 lead after the first quarter
Guenther converted a lay up to start the second quarter to get West back to within 11 at 23-12, but that’s as close as West would get the rest of the game. The Spartans scored 18 of the next 28 points in the first half to take a commanding 42-21 lead at the break.
The lead would have been even bigger had North converted on some free throws. The Spartans made 3 of 9 free throw attempts in the first half and finished 6 of 20 for the game.
West never quit though, and made one run in the second half that cut the deficit inside of 20 points.
Trailing 56-32 to begin the fourth quarter, the Wildcats scored seven straight points to cut the deficit down to 17 with 6 minutes left in regulation.
“That’s what this team is all about, every single one of those guys, not just the starting five but all 16 of us, so it’s really awesome to see, even on the last possession when Tommy (Whittaker) got that (offensive) rebound and put it back up, that’s just what we’re about is heart,” Guenther said. “You can’t be sad when you’re going home with that.”
That lead was short-lived, however.
The Spartans responded, scoring the next 11 points to go back ahead by 28 and North played its reserves the rest of the way.
“We didn’t get enough stops in the half court for us to get out and run ourselves,” Fahrney said. “(North) was able to get back and set up its zone. We needed to get them to miss enough so that we can get out and run some fast breaks of our own. We weren’t able to do that, they scored too often too early.”
Oshkosh West…10 11 12 11 — 44
Oshkosh North…23 19 14 16 – 74
Oshkosh West : Zuleger 6, Guenther 15, Johnson 5, Kroll 2, Courchene 7, Henke 7, Whittaker 2. 3-pointers: 5 (Guenther 2, Johnson, Henke, Courchene). FT: 5-8. Fouls: 19.
Oshkosh North : Flory 17, Taylor 17, Madut 14, Marquardt 10, Bauer 7, Z. Hassman 6, J. Hassman 2, Gabrilska 1. 3-pointers: 4 (Marquardt, Flory 2, Bauer). FT: 6-20. Fouls: 15.
Jake Van Camp: (920) 426-6661 or jvancamp@the northwestern.com
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