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The Elcho Hornets boys basketball team ran into a tough Laona-Wabeno squad on Tuesday night, falling to the Rebels on the road in the Northern Lakes Conference matchup, 61-29.

The Hornets came out strong and played a competitive first half, but conference-leading Laona-Wabeno was able to capitalize on a handful of Elcho errors to take a 10-point lead to intermission.

“The guys started out by executing the game plan really well and played hard the entire game,” head coach Eric Strzok said. “We made a few mental mistakes in the first half that Laona-Wabeno capitalized on, which put them ahead at the half.”

The second half saw the Rebels adjust to the Hornets' gameplan and again capitalized on miscues to extend the lead, breaking things open and outscoring Elcho 33-11.

“Finishing the basketball around the rim was a struggle for us,” Strzok explained. “It would have made a big difference in the score, however we improved in this area by going strong to the rim, but weren't able to get a gentle touch on the ball for it to fall.”

A total of eight Elcho players found their way into the scorebook, led by Chase Novak with six points. Kolton Schmidt had five, while both Mason Gray and Wyatt Wagner contributed four.

Cole Kupfer added a first half three-pointer, with John Slowik and Lincoln Reichl each had two points. Bruce Rea contributed a free throw.

“I felt we played one of the best games of the year so far,” Strzok said. “However, good teams will capitalize on small mistakes that are made, I am very proud of how the entire team played as a whole, I am also very proud of how many players improved individually as well.”

Laona-Wabeno was led by Michael Stamper and his 17 points, Jesse Pakulski had 12, while Connor Taylor also hit double digits with 11.

The Rebels improved to 8-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Northern Lakes. Elcho dropped to 4-7 on the season, 2-4 in conference play.

Elcho is back at it Thursday, hosting the conference's current number-two team in Crandon.



Scoring Summary

Laona-Wabeno 61, Elcho 29

Laona High School

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020



EHS 18 11 29

LWB 28 33 61





ELCHO

Scoring: Chase Novak 6, Kolton Schmidt 5, Mason Gray 4, Wyatt Wagner 4, Cole Kupfer 3, John Slowik 2, Lincoln Reichl 2, Bruce Rea 1



LAONA-WABENO

Scoring: Michael Stamper 17, Jesse Pakulski 12, Connor Taylor 11, Seth Lampel 7, Matt Seeber 6, Adam Seeber 3, Reed Christianson 3, Carson Kalata 2



Records-

Elcho-4-7, 2-4 Northern Lakes

Laona-Wabeno-8-3, 6-0 Northern Lakes
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Conference-leading Rebels pounce on Elcho miscues
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The Elcho Hornets boys basketball team ran into a tough Laona-Wabeno squad on Tuesday night, falling to the Rebels on the road in the Northern Lakes Conference matchup, 61-29.

The Hornets came out strong and played a competitive first half, but conference-leading Laona-Wabeno was able to capitalize on a handful of Elcho errors to take a 10-point lead to intermission.

“The guys started out by executing the game plan really well and played hard the entire game,” head coach Eric Strzok said. “We made a few mental mistakes in the first half that Laona-Wabeno capitalized on, which put them ahead at the half.”

The second half saw the Rebels adjust to the Hornets' gameplan and again capitalized on miscues to extend the lead, breaking things open and outscoring Elcho 33-11.

“Finishing the basketball around the rim was a struggle for us,” Strzok explained. “It would have made a big difference in the score, however we improved in this area by going strong to the rim, but weren't able to get a gentle touch on the ball for it to fall.”

A total of eight Elcho players found their way into the scorebook, led by Chase Novak with six points. Kolton Schmidt had five, while both Mason Gray and Wyatt Wagner contributed four.

Cole Kupfer added a first half three-pointer, with John Slowik and Lincoln Reichl each had two points. Bruce Rea contributed a free throw.

“I felt we played one of the best games of the year so far,” Strzok said. “However, good teams will capitalize on small mistakes that are made, I am very proud of how the entire team played as a whole, I am also very proud of how many players improved individually as well.”

Laona-Wabeno was led by Michael Stamper and his 17 points, Jesse Pakulski had 12, while Connor Taylor also hit double digits with 11.

The Rebels improved to 8-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Northern Lakes. Elcho dropped to 4-7 on the season, 2-4 in conference play.

Elcho is back at it Thursday, hosting the conference's current number-two team in Crandon.



Scoring Summary

Laona-Wabeno 61, Elcho 29

Laona High School

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020



EHS 18 11 29

LWB 28 33 61





ELCHO

Scoring: Chase Novak 6, Kolton Schmidt 5, Mason Gray 4, Wyatt Wagner 4, Cole Kupfer 3, John Slowik 2, Lincoln Reichl 2, Bruce Rea 1



LAONA-WABENO

Scoring: Michael Stamper 17, Jesse Pakulski 12, Connor Taylor 11, Seth Lampel 7, Matt Seeber 6, Adam Seeber 3, Reed Christianson 3, Carson Kalata 2



Records-

Elcho-4-7, 2-4 Northern Lakes

Laona-Wabeno-8-3, 6-0 Northern Lakes
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