The Bulldog boys varsity basketball team began the season with a promising 44-34 win over the Little Chute Mustangs, but ran into trouble against the high-powered offense and trapping defense of the Seymour Thunder in a 34-74 loss on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
New London 44, Little Chute 34
The Bulldogs made 16 of 32 shots (50 percent) while holding the Mustangs to 10 of 34 (29 percent) from the floor. New London also shot 38 percent from 3-point range while making 7 of 12 free throws.
Little Chute had an edge in rebounding, grabbing 24 boards to New London’s 20. The Bulldogs negated that advantage by posting eight steals and forcing 10 turnovers.
Jacob Pinch led New London with 15 points, while Ryan Wolf added 10. Sam Porath scored seven points, Tyler Jagiello added six, Nick Thomas contributed four, and Ty Barrington scored two.
“We were very patient on offense and played excellent defense,” commented Coach Ken Jagiello after the game.
Seymour 74, New London 34
Porath nailed a 3-point shot to give New London a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter, but Seymour quickly erased that deficit and piled on the points the rest of the way.
New London made 11 of 29 shots (38 percent) while Seymour made 28 of 47 shots (60 percent). The Bulldogs outrebounded Seymour 19-16, but the Thunder had 20 steals and the Bulldogs committed 25 turnovers.
Alex Thiemer had eight points to lead New London, while Pinch added seven and Wolf tallied six. Other scorers included Hunter Zaddack (4), Ryan Krueger (2), Porath (3), Thomas (2), and Nick Konertz (2).
“We had too many turnovers and we played tentative,” said Coach Jagiello after the game. “You can’t do that against Seymour – they’re too good.”
Hortonville 41, New London 36
The Polar Bear defense held the Bulldogs to 12 of 40 (30 percent) shooting while making 13 of 28 (46 percent) of their own shots to squeak out the victory.
Hortonville had a slight edge in rebounding, grabbing 21 boards to New London’s 19. New London had the advantage in assists (9-4), steals (8-7), and turnovers (11-12). The Polar Bears had three blocks and committed one less foul than New London.
Pinch scored 15 to lead New London, while Wolf added 10. Ryan Krueger scored five points, and Porath, Thomas and Tyler Jagiello scored two each.
“We played well; however, we had some defensive mistakes late in the game along with some costly turnovers,” said Coach Jagiello. “We will continue to work on the offense to improve our shooting percentage.”
The Bulldogs play at home on Saturday, Dec. 28, with opening tip set for 7:15 p.m.