The injury bug has bitten the Trucker boys basketball team, and the effects have been devastating. Without key players Aaron Ziemer, Adam Weatherwax, and Jansen Van Daalwyk, the Truckers lost 45-56 to the Freedom Irish on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Freedom led 9-6 after one quarter and 20-17 at the half.
In the third quarter, Freedom outscored Clintonville 18-10 to extend their lead to 11 points going into the fourth quarter.
Though the Truckers battled hard, they could not overcome the deficit. Both teams scored 18 points in the final frame, and Freedom walked away with the win.
John Schultz and Jesse Brauer led Clintonville with nine points each. Nathaniel Krueger and Andy Schmidt both scored eight, while Kolin Kubitz netted six and Turner Doornink added five.
The Truckers made 17 of 39 shots (43 percent) and 4 of 15 3-point attempts (26 percent). The team made 7 of 13 free throws (53 percent).
Clintonville gathered 28 rebounds, with nine on offense. The team also had eight assists, six steals, three blocks, and five deflections. The Truckers turned the ball over 16 times and committed 18 fouls.
The Truckers traveled to Appleton to face the Fox Valley Lutheran (FVL) Foxes on Friday, Feb. 8.
Clintonville jumped out to a 22-11 lead after just one quarter.
FVL answered by outscoring Clintonville 19-11 in the second quarter.
The Truckers earned a 12-10 advantage in the third quarter, but the Foxes outscored Clintonville 15-6 in the final frame to escape with the win.
Clintonville made 19 of 45 shots (42 percent) and 4 of 16 3-pointers (25 percent). The Truckers made 9 of 12 free throw attempts.
The Truckers grabbed 22 rebounds, with seven on offense. The team had 11 assists, 10 steals, two blocks, and six deflections while turning the ball over 14 times.
Schultz scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Clintonville. Krueger added 12, Doornink scored eight, Brauer added seven, Kubitz netted five, and Schmidt scored two.
The Truckers jumped out to an 18-7 lead after one quarter and led 33-21 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Clintonville extended the lead by outscoring Wittenberg-Birnamwood 14-9. The Truckers closed out the game by outscoring the Chargers 12-10 in the final frame.
Brauer led Clintonville with 14 points, while Krueger and Schmidt both scored 11. Schultz added 10, Doornink scored nine, and Kubitz and David Yonker both scored two.
Clintonville made 24 of 48 shots (50 percent) and 5 of 15 3-point shots (33 percent). The team made 6 of 15 free throws and pulled down 27 rebounds, with nine on offense.
Clintonville had 16 assists, 10 steals, three blocks, and eight deflections while turning the ball over 10 times and committing 13 fouls.