Boys BBall: Fondy goes cold in loss to Appleton East

Boys BBall: Fondy goes cold in loss to Appleton East


Boys BBall: Fondy goes cold in loss to Appleton East


Something had to give in Friday night’s Fox Valley Association matchup.

Fond du Lac and Appleton East, two teams that started the season slow and came into the game with four game losing streaks, despite playing some top-ranked teams in the state – someone had to pick up the slack.

Both teams came out cold after the first quarter but the Patriots used nine 3-pointers and a late run to get past the Cardinals, 45-31, in a game played in Fond du Lac.

The win gives the Patriots (4-6, 2-4 FVA) their second win in the conference season while Fondy (2-8, 1-5) drops its fifth straight.

“I think you could see where they’re at, is where we want to get to as far as terms of fundamentals,” Fondy coach Mark Ziebell said of Appleton East. “They play good, fundamental basketball. If you take a look, look how many footwork travels we had against them. It comes down to those little things when you play a team like that. They have got those down and we are working to get there.”

It was evident that Fondy was struggling with those fundamentals throughout the game, but it was also evident that it was just plain cold from the field shooting.

Fondy managed only three points after one quarter and was held to 31 points, tied for the second lowest they have totaled all season long.

While the Cardinals struggled to open the game offensively, so did Appleton East. There were only three baskets made – all 3s – in the first quarter as the Patriots led 6-3.

But that scoring drought didn’t last too long. Appleton East knocked down four 3-pointers within the first six minutes of the second quarter to jump out to a double-digit lead and it was all Patriots after that.

Leading 20-10 at that point with just two minutes left in the first half, Fondy managed to cut the lead to single digits going into the third quarter. The Cardinals even got it to six points twice in the third quarter, but each time they did, the Patriots responded with a big three-pointer to cushion their lead.

“I thought we did some good things defensively, I thought (Jake) Walgenbach did a nice job of chasing and that’s a lot of work … I thought he did a good job,” Ziebell said of the junior’s defense. “But It’s a team defense and if the help side is not there, that’s a suffer. The ball pressure is not there then, then you don’t get on the shooters, you don’t rebound.”

Appleton East was able to swing the ball and get second chance opportunities, allowing its shooters to knock down the big 3s.

Meanwhile, Fondy couldn’t get anything going inside, despite having the height advantage on East.

“We knew that was going to be the case,” Ziebell said. “Inside out means a lot of different things, it’s just not feeding the post it’s dribble penetration to get to the paint and I thought the times we were able to do that we were successful.

“I thought with our post touches, our post guys were a little rushed to feel like they had to make a play instead of finding an opening. That’s part of the learning.”

The Cardinals were still without Marcus Ruch – a 6-foot-6 senior who is second on the team in scoring at 8.2 points per game – and Ziebell said that was a little bit of a factor.

The biggest missed opportunity to make a comeback was late in the third quarter when Fondy trailed 27-21. But from that point, Appleton East went on a 16-2 run to make it 43-23.

The Cardinals went on an 8-0 run to end the game.

Caleb Goldstein led the Cardinals with 12 points while Walgenbach added six. Sam Herrmann led East with 12 points while Michael Thome chipped in 10.

Appleton East





— 45

Fond du Lac





— 31

Appleton East — Herrmann 12, Thome 10, Brunker 8, Meyer 5, Ourada 2, Murphy-Pociask 2, Kuklinski 5, Meissner 1. 3-pointers: 9 (Herrmann 4, Brunker 2, Meyer, Thome 2) . FTs: 8-10. Fouls: 7.

Fond du Lac — Goldstein 12, Maratik 2, Fredrickson 3, Walgenbach 6, Luteyn 5, Jorgensen 3. 3-pointers: 4 (Frederickson, Goldstein 2, Jorgensen). FTs: 3-4. Fouls: 11.

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