Comets outscore Panthers in away game
By Greg Seubert
The Waupaca boys’ basketball team picked up North Eastern Conference wins over Oconto Falls and Clintonville, but came up short against Luxemburg-Casco.
Waupaca handed Oconto Falls a 66-48 loss Feb. 1 on the road, fell to L-C 78-62 Jan. 28 at home and beat Clintonville 64-50 Jan. 26 on the Truckers’ home court.
Waupaca 66, Oconto Falls 48
OCONTO FALLS – The Comets outscored the Panthers 45-21 in the second half after trailing by six at the break.
Waupaca held Tyler Hagemeier scoreless in the second half after he hit four threes that helped the Panthers take a 27-21 lead.
“He was eating us up in the first half,” coach Ron Weber said. “Those north of Highway 29 Twilight Zone things got us in the first half. We started slow again, but we figured it out.”
The Comets opened the second half with a 14-2 run. Logan Bunge gave Waupaca the lead for good at 30-29 and he ended up scoring 14 of his 18 points in the second half.
“Logan Bunge was a factor tonight and that’s great to see him come through for us,” Weber said. “We’ve got guards, we need someone to give us stuff inside.”
Tony Blackwell led Waupaca with 20 points, while Bre’on Sease also finished in double figures with 12.
Michael Manns led Oconto Falls with 16 points, while Hagemeier added 13.
“They have two really nice players in Hagemeier and Manns,” Weber said. “If they’re both on, then they’re at their best. It seems to me one or the other is shooting well. When 3 and 23 are shooting it well, they can be tough.”
L-C 78, Waupaca 62
WAUPACA – Twenty-three offensive rebounds helped the Spartans get win in Waupaca.
L-C led 34-25 at halftime and outscored the Comets 44-37 in the second half.
Joe and Tony Blackwell led Waupaca with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Nathan Coisman led the Spartans with 20.
Waupaca 64, Clintonville 50
CLINTONVILLE – Waupaca outscored the Truckers 31-23 in the first half and 33-27 in the second.
Tony Blackwell had 20 points for Waupaca, while Nathan Krueger led Clintonville with 23.
The Comets will head to Little Chute Thursday, Feb. 4, for a 7:15 p.m. rematch with the Mustangs.
Little Chute handed Waupaca an 80-76 defeat in December.
“We have struggled there for sure and a lot of that has to do with the fact they’ve had Division 1 players on their team,” Weber said. “It was a good game the first go-round at our place. We shot it really well against them and they have tremendous shooters as well. We’ll see what happens.”