A poor second quarter doomed the Manawa boys’ basketball team when it hosted Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Thursday, Dec. 6 in CWC-8 action. The Wolves fell 59-51.
Manawa also fell to Weyauwega-Fremont 52-37 on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood 59, Manawa 51
MANAWA – Despite an early lead Manawa could not recover from a 21-10 second quarter that allowed the Chargers to grab a 34-23 halftime on their way to a 59-51 victory.
Mitchell School tallied 10 of his game-high 22 points during the second frame as the Chargers also used six Manawa turnovers during their rally.
Seniors Wesley Krauss and Brandon Bartel led the Wolves to its only leads of the game at 4-3 and 7-5 before Austin Borta’s back-to-back baskets gave the Chargers an 11-7 lead. Krauss finished the quarter with two three-poiners, including a buzzer beater that tied the score at 13.
Three-point shooting kept the Wolves in the game during the third quarter as the team hit four from long range. Two of the three-pointers were by senior Austin Dean. The closest the Wolves got was eight points.
After closing to within eight points, the Chargers used a 12-2 run sparked by School’s six points to open a 55-40 lead with 2:51 left to play.
Krauss finished the game with a team high 18 points including five three-pointers.
Weyauwega-Fremont 52, Manawa 37
The team opened its conference play Tuesday, Dec. 4, hosting arch rival Weyauwega -Fremont.
The first half was a defensive struggle as the Indians held a 23-20 lead. Using a 12-0 run to open the final quarter the Indians cruised to a 52-37 victory.
Senior Wesley Krause gave Manawa its only leads of the night at 2-0 and 4-2. Two three-point baskets by Aaron Schroeder and Dan Prellwitz helped the Indians to an 11-7 lead after one quarter of play.
Despite a combined 15 turnovers, Manawa managed to cut into the lead. Senior Brandon Bartel made back-to-back baskets to pull the Wolves to within one point at 19-18 with 2:15 left in the first half. Adam Krause and Lincoln Van Cuick pushed the lead back to five-points before Bartel’s basket put the score at 23-20.
Prellwitz drained another three to open second half play and Van Cuick added to the lead to put the Indians up by eight at 30-22. Krauss’ old fashioned three-point play capped a 7-0 Manawa run to cut the score to 30-29 with 1:23 left in the third quarter.
Krauss’ points were Manawa’s last points for the next 5:43 as Wega took complete control of the game with a 12-0 run. Schroeder’s second three started the run and Van Cuick’s dunk finished it for the Indians as they held a 42-29 point lead with 3:52 to play. Krauss ended the Manawa drought with a basket but by then it was too late.
Van Cuick led all scorers with 18 points and Schroeder added 11. Krauss led the Wolves with 14 points.
The team travels to Pacelli on Friday, Dec. 14.