If the Waupaca boys’ basketball team wants to stay in the hunt for an Eastern Valley Conference championship, now is the perfect time to pick up some wins.
The Comets improved to 6-3 in conference play and 9-4 overall Jan. 17 with a 57-30 win at Clintonville. It was the fifth straight EVC win for Waupaca, which will travel to Appleton Xavier at 7:15 tonight (Thursday, Jan. 23) for a rematch with the Hawks.
Waupaca outscored Clintonville in all four quarters, but didn’t pull away until the second half. The Comets outscored the Truckers 11-2 in the first quarter and led 23-12 at halftime and closed the third quarter with an 18-4 run before Waupaca had a 16-8 advantage in the final period.
“When you’re not hitting shots, a little negativism enters there,” coach Ron Weber said. “That didn’t happen tonight. We got some turnovers and you get some of those easy hoops, that’s nice. Suddenly, you look up and we’re up by 20 instead of six or seven.”
Zander Neuville, Brando Vasquez and Nate Jenson all finished in double figures for Waupaca with 16, 15 and 12 points, respectively, while Clintonville’s Andy Schmidt led all scorers with 18.
The Comets’ upcoming schedule also includes a rematch with Little Chute Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Waupaca. Little Chute and Xavier defeated the Comets early in the season.
“What an important stretch,” Weber said. “We go to Xavier Thursday and then it’s Little Chute at our place. I’ve got those two games in my head right now. We gave ourselves a chance to hang in the (conference) race, so anything can happen.”