Antigo trounces host Witt-Birn, Chargers continue to struggle in 62-24 loss|
Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s recent losses are becoming tough pills to swallow as the struggling Chargers lost to the visiting Antigo Red Robins 62-24 Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Robins’ offense came back to life, scoring more than 50 points for the first time in two games and breaking the 60 mark for the first showing since the squad’s 92-80 loss to Chippewa Falls.
Robin coach Jesse Shaw was happy with his team’s second half play, where it outscored the Chargers 30-6 in the final two quarters.
“We really came out in the third quarter the way we wanted to and put our foot down, not letting them back into the game,” he said.
Things were not quite out of hand yet with a half-time score 32-18 in favor of Antigo. Wittenberg-Birnamwood had opportunities to stage a comeback that Coach Lon Ebel felt his team squandered away.
“We played excellent in the first quarter,” he said of his team’s 15-11 manageable beginning. “(But) early in the second half, we couldn’t put the ball in the basket. Then I felt we gave up which is disappointing.”
The fourth quarter all but put the Chargers hopes away. Witt-Birn was outscored 13-2 by an Antigo offense led by Braxton Resch. The freshman’s nine points off the bench were pivotal in securing the win for the Robins.
“Resch, along with our other subs, (John) Monk, (Michael) Bradley and (Joe) Wittmann, came in and handled the ball well and controlled the fourth quarter. (They) played our style of basketball and helped secure the win,” Shaw said.
Blake Below was the Robins’ top scorer with 18 points, including three three-pointers. Cassius Noskowiak and Resch scored nine apiece and were 2-5 from the field with a basket from long range each. Cameron Noskowiak also had nine points, shooting 2-4 in field goals and an ace 4-4 from the foul line.
Jack Lund was 2-4 Tuesday with eight points and five rebounds. Rebounds were only slightly in Antigo’s favor 23-19, but the Chargers’ 12 turnovers to Antigo’s four may have been another disappointing deterrent.
With more accuracy, Antigo’s blow-out could have potentially been even more lopsided. The Robins shot 36 percent from the field, going 18-50, but to the pleasure of Coach Shaw were 81 percent from the line.
Witt-Birn’s Sam Szews led his team with six points and three rebounds. Aaron Monnot finished with four.
The Robins improve to 10-4 overall after the non-conference victory and take on the Wausau West Warriors for Retro Night Friday evening at the Antigo Middle School.
The Chargers are now 6-11, losing five of their last seven games. Coach Ebel and his boys move on to face Weyauwega-Fremont (2-6) on the road this coming Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Antigo at Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Robins 62, Chargers 24
At Wittenberg High School
Tuesday, Feb. 4 2014
AHS 15 17 17 13 — 62
W-B 11 7 4 2 — 24
Scorers: Blake Below 7-13 1-1 18; Braxton Resch 2-5 4-6 9; Cassius Noskowiak 3-6 1-1 9; Jack Lund 2-5 3-4 8; Justin Hickman 1-3 3-3 5; Michael Bradley 0-2 2-2 2; Joe Wittmann 1-3 0-0 2. Totals: 18-44 18-21 62. Three Point Shooting: 8-18. Rebounds: 23 (8 offense).
Scorers: Sam Szews 3-6 0-1 6; Aaron Monnot 2-8 0-4 4; Matty Donnelly 1-2 0-0 3; Nick Kapitz 1-7 0-0 3; Tyler Milanowski 1-6 0-0 2; Trevor Stewart 0-1 2-2 2; Maverick Bushman 0-0 2-2 2; Dylan Dadacki 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 9-36 4-5 24. Three Point Shooting: 2-15. Rebounds: 19 (6 offense).
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