A 17-point halftime deficit was too much for the Waupaca Comet boys’ basketball team to overcome against Freedom.
The Irish led 33-16 at the break Friday, Jan. 14, and went on to hand the Comets a 51-46 Eastern Valley Conference loss.
Waupaca also fell to Clintonville Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Freedom outscored Waupaca 18-9 in the first quarter and 15-7 in the second to take a 33-16 halftime lead. Waupaca cut into the lead with a 23-9 advantage in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three points, but Freedom outscored Waupaca 9-7 over the final eight minutes.
Adam Kaminske led Waupaca with 19 points, while Nate Jenson added eight. Cole Krueger led Freedom with 13 points.
The Truckers overcame a 15-7 deficit heading into the second quarter, as the Comets closed the period with a 9-0 run.
Clintonville scored the first 11 points of the second quarter to go up 19-15. The Truckers trailed 25-24 at halftime, but outscored Waupaca 15-7 in the third quarter and scored the final 10 points of the period.
“We just didn’t play well enough,” coach Ron Weber said. “We were up by one (at halftime), but I thought we should’ve been up by more.”
The Truckers outrebounded Waupaca 30-18 and had 15 offensive rebounds.
“The offensive rebounding in the first half was out of control,” Weber said. “The loose change, they were getting everything.”
Each team had only one player in double figures. Kaminske led Waupaca with 17 points, while Patrick Van Daalwyk led Clintonville with 19.
Waupaca will host Little Chute at 7:15 tonight (Thursday, Jan. 20) before heading to Green Bay Notre Dame for a 3 p.m. nonconference game Saturday, Jan. 22. The Comets will also host Winneconne Tuesday, Jan. 25.