WISCONSIN RAPIDS – From the inside and out, the Assumption boys basketball team had its way with Nekoosa.
Just when the Papermakers found a way to slow down the inside game of Joe Grundhoffer, Trevor Nelson took over from outside to lead the Royals to a 72-51 win Friday during the 31st Cranberry Classic at the Assumption gym.
Assumption will take on Columbus Catholic, a 101-85 winner over University School, in today’s championship game at 8 p.m. Nekoosa faces University School of Milwaukee at 6:15 p.m.
Grundhoffer, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, controlled the post in the first half, scoring 14 of his game-high 20 points. He had 10 points on put backs and finished with nine rebounds.
Newton, who had four points in the first half, dropped in 13 and was 5-for-5 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the line to cap his night as the No. 2 scorer for the Royals.
“I was a little nervous in the first half,” Newton said. “In the second I just got into a groove. I was getting the ball to the guys and I was getting open so they got it right back to me and I was able to score.
“We lost some good seniors last year, but we played a lot this summer so our chemistry is there already.”
A big part of Nekoosa’s troubles was Assumption’s 1-3-1 zone that frustrated the Papermakers into 26 turnovers.
“Our pressure was good,” Royals coach Gary Weisenbeck said. “We played some man, but then switched to our zone and we had a lot of deflections and turnovers. It was a good start.”
Trailing by 14 at the half, the Papermakers were able to generate more offense in the second half. Justin Mortel finished with 16, while Andrew Melvin chipped in with 12, including eight in the second half.
“Our ball handling isn’t the strongest and that’s something we’re working on,” Nekoosa coach Chuck Baldeshwiler said. “We couldn’t defend Trevor in the second half, he surprised us quite a bit. We did some good things, but we’re going to be a work in progress.”
Nekoosa 22 29 — 51
Assumption 36 36 — 72
NEKOOSA (51): Jared Olson 2, Justin Mortel 16, Caleb Doebereiner 5, Andrew Melvin 12, Andrew Bohenstengel 6, Kade Lancour 4, Abraham Ruiz 4.
ASSUMPTION (72): Brady Baltus 16, Jake Sullivan 6, Trevor Newton 17, Joe Grundhoffer 20, Nathaniel Clark 5, Brandon Birkhauser 4, Jon Trickey 2, Joey Biebl 1.
3-pointers: Nekoosa 3 (Mortel 2, Bohenstengel); Assumption 2 (Sullivan 2).
Records: Assumption 1-0; Nekoosa 0-1.
Columbus 101, University School 85
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – As the points kept adding up, the crowd at Assumption High School was wondering not if, but when Columbus Catholic would pass the century mark.
The Dons surpassed the mark with less than 40 seconds remaining, as they dispatched University School during Cranberry Classic action.
Columbus Catholic will take on Assumption, a 72-51 winner over Nekoosa, in the championship game at 8 p.m. today.
Dons coach Joe Konieczny could not remember a time his team scored that many points during his 11-year tenure.
Leading the offensive fireworks was Hunter Schultz with 37 points, while Evan Nikolai had 26 and Nick Malovrh 16.
U-School was led by Mike Wilson’s 19-point effort.
U-School 36 49 — 85
Columbus 50 51 — 101
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL (85): Shannon Jones 10, David Hutton 3, Amer Mahiuddin 4, Tim Schwieters 5, Nate Engel 3, Will Koch 14, Cole Stephany 3, Walter Taylor 18, Mike Wilson 19, Justice Kelly 6.
COLUMBUS (101): Billy Young 4, Matthais Gouin 7, Mick Malovrh 16, Evan Nikolai 26, Hunter Schultz 37, Tyler Fuerlinger 12.
3-pointers: U-School 9 (Jones, Hutton, Monviddin, Schwieters, Engel, Koch 2, Stephany, Wilson); Columbus 11 (Gouin, Malovrh 4, Nikolai, Schultz 5).
Records: Columbus Catholic 1-0; University School 0-1.
Assumption 63, Columbus Cath. 23
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Gena Grundhoffer led the Royals with 20 points and Macie Zurfluh chipped in with 11 during a victory over the Dons during Cranberry Classic action.
Assumption takes on Loyal in the tournament final today.
The Royals led by 22 at the half and cruised to the lopsided win.
Marissa Immerfall and Abby Baierl scored five points each to lead the Dons. Columbus Catholic faces Nekoosa in the consolation game.
Columbus 12 11 — 23
Assumption 34 28 — 63
COLUMBUS (23): Morgan Albrecht 1, Bailey Neider 2, Maren Seefluth 2, Kendra Baierl 4, S. Trad 3, Abby Baierl 5, Sierra Litwaitis 1, Marissa Immerfall 5.
ASSUMPTION (63): Macyn Krings 8, Gracie Wendels 6, Autumn Linzmeier 5, Macie Zurfluh 11, Carsyn Bushman 3, Gena Grundhoffer 20, Chrysten Linzmeier 4, Frisch 5.
3-pointers: Columbus 2 (S.Trad, A.Baierl); Assumption 2 (Zurfluh, Grundhoffer.
Records: Assumption 1-1; Columbus Catholic 1-1.
Loyal 59, Nekoosa 37
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Karsyn Rueth led the Greyhounds with 18 points, while Devyn Schoonover had 16 and Morgan Reinwand 12 during a nonconference win over Nekoosa.
Jenna Baker led the Papermakers with 10 points.
Nekoosa 15 22 — 37
Loyal 34 35 — 59
NEKOOSA (37): Sam Bakovka 2, Helen Merritt 5, Jenna Baker 10, Kenzi Bolvin 2, Brandy Heinen 4, Shannon Sorbo 13, Emma Crider.
LOYAL (59): Amanda Zettler 3, Devyn Schoonover 16, Jaedyn Pieper 2, Morgan Reinwand 12, Hailey Rueth 6, Karsyn Rueth
3-pointers: Nekoosa 2 (Merritt, Sorbo); Loyal
Records: Loyal 3-0; Nekoosa 1-1.
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