Antigo boys pull out impressive win over Indians|
The Antigo Red Robins got its tempo back on offense Monday evening in a win at Mosinee 48-38.
Squaring off against the Great Northern Conference’s second-ranked squad, Antigo pulled off a victory that saw its team up early in the game and able to keep momentum throughout.
Establishing control early was Coach Jesse Shaw’s principal strategy.
“Coming out with good first and third quarter starts was the game plan tonight. To come out of the gate in both halves and dictate the tempo—make them play our game,” Shaw explained.
The formula was an evident success on the back of a 37-27 home loss to first-place Rhinelander last Friday night. With an offense that has shown amazing potential for scoring this year, the Antigo boys’ defense was crucial in holding the Indians to less than 30 points.
“We changed it up and did a nice job of attacking their 1-3-1,” Shaw commented. “I am very proud of the job we did on both sides of the ball tonight.”
Outscoring Mosinee 14-6 in the first quarter, the Robins were indeed able to dictate the style of play to their liking. At halftime the Robin boys were on top of the Indians, 25-19.
Consistency was key to Antigo’s success Monday evening. A 13-point third quarter helped separate the margin for the Robins, and with both teams scoring 10 in the fourth, the boys were able to emerge victorious.
Free throws, a particular woe for Antigo last week, improved slightly to 55 percent. Blake Below’s perfect 2-2 on the night from the foul line was a refreshing highlight for the team.
Senior captain Cassius Noskowiak led Antigo with 20 points, shooting 7-12 from the field and sinking five out of nine crucial three pointers. Below was 5-18 for 14 total points, and close by was Jack Lund, finishing the evening 5-9 with 11 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.
Mosinee’s Aaron Maas scored the lion share of the Indian’s baskets, finishing 4-11 with 14 points but just 1-6 from outside the arch.
Antigo held Mosinee in check in regards to the long ball as the Indians went just 2-15 from three-point range, and out rebounded its hosts, 25-17. Mosinee shot 71 percent (10-14) from the free throw line.
The win places Antigo at 5-3 in the conference, while Mosinee is now 5-2 in what is becoming a heavily contested second place spot. The Robins also sit three games back from first-place Rhinelander and will face the Wittenberg-Birnamwood Chargers on the road tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Coach Shaw proudly recollected and eagerly anticipated the best for his boys.
“(Tonight was) a good GNC road win against the second place team in the league. Defense was outstanding and we are looking forward to traveling to Wittenberg to face Coach Lon Ebel’s Chargers,” he added.
Antigo at Mosinee
Robins 48, Indians 38
At Mosinee High School
Monday, Feb. 3 2014
AHS 14 11 13 10 — 48
MHS 6 13 9 10 — 38
Scorers: Cassius Noskowiak 7-12 1-3 20; Blake Below 5-18 2-2 14; Jack Lund 5-9 1-2 11; Justin Hickman 1-3 0-0 2; Cameron Noskowiak 0-4 1-2 1. Totals: 18-47 5-9 48; Three Point Shooting: 7-23 (Cas. Noskowiak 5-9, Below 2-10); Rebounds: 24 (10 offense)
Scorers: Aaron Maas 4-11 5-6 14; Max Soderberg 3-11 2-2 9; Matt Bolanda 3-6 3-5 9; Zack Sippl 3-4 0-1 6; Totals: 13-35 10-14 38; Three Point Shooting: 2-15 (Maas 5-6, Soderberg 2-2); Rebounds: 17 (2 offense).
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