Robins move up in GNC with 47-34 win over Mosinee|
To move up to a solitary second place in the Great Northern Conference, the Antigo boys basketball team needed a victory against Mosinee. In an offensive fashion that was less dramatic than the previous evening, the defense Coach Jesse Shaw wanted so much from his men against Northland Pines held the Mosinee Indians to five fewer points than the Eagles, winning 47-34.
The Red Robins did not put up 77 points however. The boys faced a slightly different opponent than they had played 24 hours prior. Coming into the Sheldon Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Mosinee was tied for second place with Antigo and had record of 11-7 as opposed to 0-17.
The last time these two teams met the outcome was quite similar as the Robins’ won 48-38. This time, with the end of the regular season drawing near, there was much more at stake.
Trailing early in the game, it took the Robins until the second quarter to find a rhythm. Mosinee led 12-8 at the beginning of the second quarter when Antigo found the offensive edge they had demonstrated against Pines. Scoring 18 points to the Indians eight, Antigo was able to go on top 26-20 before halftime.
Antigo’s defense held Mosinee stagnant in the second half, allowing just seven points in both the third and fourth quarters. Outscoring the Indians 21-14 for the half, the Robins were led this time by Blake Below.
Below was 7-16 with 16 points including two three pointers and three rebounds.
The 27-point assault against Northland Pines the night before was slightly muted for Cassius Noskowiak. Against the Indians, Noskowiak sank two three-point baskets with seven free throws for 13 points. He was 0-2 from the field.
Jack Lund had another solid game with nine points, shooting 3-4 with one three pointer, two foul shots and three boards. The Robins’ scorers also included Luke Osborne’s five point performance and Cameron Noskowiak’s four points and five assists.
Mosinee’s top points-per-game shooter, Aaron Maas, was 4-10 for 10 points while center Matt Bolanda went 4-4 for nine points and five rebounds.
Antigo’s defense has given up an average of 33.6 points per game in its last five contests, while scoring an average of 55.4. The boys are on a five-game winning streak since losing to Rhinelander on Jan. 31.
Coach Shaw was overall pleased. “We came out slow in the first quarter, a bit sluggish—but we did bounce back. It was nice to have a very vocal student body as well last night, almost a playoff atmosphere.”
With playoffs on the horizon, the seeding meeting will take place this weekend. Teams in Antigo’s Division 2, Regional D include Hortonville, New London, Shawano, and Waupaca.
The Red Robins have three games remaining on the schedule. Heading on the road to Medford (10-6, 5-4), the boys face a Raiders team that has joined Mosinee at third place in the Great Northern Conference.
Mosinee at Antigo
Robins 47, Indians 34
At Antigo High School
Tuesday, Feb. 11 2014
AHS 8 18 10 11 — 47
MHS 12 8 7 7 — 34
Scores: Aaron Maas 4-10 0-1 10; Matt Bolanda 4-4 1-1 9; Zach Sippl 0-3 6-10 6; Max Soderberg 1-6 2-2 5; Tyler Sondelski 1-6 1-2 4. Totals: 10-31 10-16 34. Three Point Shooting: 4-20 (Maas 2-5, Sondelski 1-6, Soderberg 1-6). Rebounds: 20 (10 offense).
Scores: Blake Below 7-16 0-0 16; Cassius Noskowiak 2-4 7-9 13; Jack Lund 3-4 2-2 9; Luke Osborne 2-4 0-0 5; Cameron Noskowiak 2-5 0-0 4. Totals: 16-34 9-11 47. Three Point Shooting: 6-17 (Cas. Noskowiak 2-2, Osborne 1-2, Lund 1-1, Below 2-9). Rebounds: 14 (5 offense).
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