Waupaca’s boys’ basketball team dropped a pair of Eastern Valley Conference games to Little Chute and Appleton Xavier.
Little Chute handed the Comets a 60-33 defeat Dec. 6, while Appleton Xavier needed double overtime to defeat Waupaca 95-85 Dec. 3.
Little Chute 60, Waupaca 33
LITTLE CHUTE – D.J. DeValk had the hot hand for the Mustangs early, as his three three-pointers helped Little Chute take a 20-7 advantage into the second quarter.
The Mustangs added to their lead by outscoring Waupaca 11-6 in the third quarter, 16-13 in the third and 13-7 in the fourth.
“You can’t dwell on something like this, it was just one of those nights,” coach Ron Weber said. “We just didn’t get it going in any phase of the game. We can’t lose any confidence because I think we can win games this year.”
Nate Jenson led Waupaca with 12 points.
Xavier 95, Waupaca 85 (2 OT)
WAUPACA – The Hawks outscored Waupaca 16-6 in the second overtime to get the win.
Xavier led 19-10 after one quarter and 39-29 at halftime, but Waupaca cut into the lead with a 22-10 advantage in the third quarter.
Brando Vasquez led Waupaca with 26 points, Zander Neuville added 22 and Jenson and Bryce Neidert also finished in double figures with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
Matt Kinderman led Xavier with 25.
The Hawks were able to build a lead in the first half with nine uncontested layups.
“What they do is shoot threes and we were aware of that,” Weber said. “You can’t just focus on the three and get beat inside. We did a better job of protecting the basket in the second quarter and for the rest of the game.”
The Comets had five players foul out.
“Certain things happen in games like this,” Weber said. “They got the advantage in the second overtime and we just couldn’t overcome it. Every time you looked at an official, there was a whistle. No one wants to see that . It’s tough to play a ballgame like that.”
The Comets will host Fox Valley Lutheran at 7:15 tonight (Thursday, Dec. 12) and head to Winneconne Tuesday, Dec. 17. Waupaca’s next home game is Friday, Jan. 3, against New London.