Thanks to the Nekoosa Papermakers, the Waupaca Comet boys’ basketball team has some momentum heading into 2011.
The Comets snapped a six-game losing streak and improved to 2-7 with a 62-53 win Thursday, Dec. 23. Waupaca also came out on the short end of a 50-47 score Tuesday, Dec. 21, in Berlin.
Waupaca 62, Nekoosa 53
The Comets outscored the Papermakers 21-5 in the first quarter and led 34-16 at halftime, but Nekoosa cut the lead to 48-38 by the end of the third quarter and trailed 50-46 after Derek Baker’s three-point play with 4:27 to go in the game.
That was as close as Nekoosa would get, however, as Waupaca got the lead back to eight on a pair of three-pointers from Adam Kaminske and never let Nekoosa get any closer than seven points down the stretch.
“What a nice Christmas present for the kids,” coach Ron Weber said.
Baker came into the game averaging 22 points a game, but was held to only six in the first half on a pair of threes. He finished with 22 and scored 13 of his team’s 17 points during one stretch in the third and fourth quarters.
“Zach (Nellis) came in and really did a nice job of shutting him down,” Weber said. “That was a big part of the game.”
Meanwhile, Kaminske led all scorers with 23.
“He’s playing as hard in the 32nd minute of the game as hard as he’s going in the first minute of the game,” Weber said. “It’s unreal. He was really a man out there and did everything for us. He handled the ball, he got steals, he scored, he hit the big threes. He’s our best everything and he was really super tonight.”
Kevin Moe added 11 points, while Nate Jenson finished with eight.
“They’re learning not to play 100 miles an hour and still do things,” Weber said. “The game’s slowing down for them. Now we can start trying to win games.”
Berlin 50, Waupaca 47
BERLIN – Kaminske and Moe combined for 26 points, but Waupaca didn’t have an answer for the Indians’ Michael Falk, who scored a game-high 20 points and hit six threes.
Each team scored 11 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second. Berlin led 37-33 heading into the fourth quarter and Waupaca outscored the Indians 14-13 over the final eight minutes.
Kaminske led Waupaca with 15 points, while Moe added 11.
Waupaca will return to Eastern Valley Conference action by hosting Ripon at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. The Comets will also head to Clintonville Tuesday, Jan. 11.