After combining for seven three-pointers and 42 points in the first quarter alone, it looked like the Waupaca and Appleton Xavier boys’ basketball teams would put plenty of points on the board in their Eastern Valley Conference matchup.
Not so fast.
The hot shooting cooled off for both teams and Xavier returned home with a 61-52 win Friday, Jan. 27.
Waupaca also fell to Winneconne 63-46 Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Xavier 61, Waupaca 52
WAUPACA – The teams went into the second quarter tied at 21-21, but the scoring slowed down.
Xavier hit three more threes and led 34-31 at halftime. Xavier opened the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 43-33 lead three minutes into the third quarter. Waupaca was able to trim the lead to 53-48 after scoring eight of the first 10 points of the fourth quarter, but never got any closer.
Waupaca’s Nate Jenson led all scorers with 15 points and Brando Vasquez added 13. Matt Ferris and Seth Maertz led Xavier with 14 points each.
Winneconne 63, Waupaca 46
WINNECONNE – Winneconne led 15-11 after one quarter, 27-24 at halftime and 46-35 after three quarters before outscoring Waupaca 17-11 over the final eight minutes.
Jenson and Vasquez led the Comets with 13 and 11 points, respectively, while Brad Koth led Winneconne with 19.
Waupaca played at Little Chute Tuesday, Jan. 31, and will head to Appleton at 7:15 tonight (Thursday, Feb. 2) to take on Fox Valley Lutheran. The Comets will also close out their nonconference schedule Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Wausau West.