Clintonville up next for Waupaca
By Greg Seubert
A pair of 16-1 runs added up to the first win of the season for the Waupaca boys’ basketball team.
The Comets opened North Eastern Conference play Dec. 1 with a 65-35 win over Oconto Falls at Waupaca High School.
Waupaca took a 16-1 lead behind three three-pointers from Brandon Wanty and the Panthers never got any closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Oconto Falls trimmed a 15-point deficit to 28-20 at halftime, but Waupaca opened the second half with another 16-1 run to take a 44-21 lead.
The Panthers missed their first 15 shots of the half and didn’t make a shot until Dakota Carriveau’s basket with 9:20 to go in the game.
The Comets held the Panthers to 15 points in the second half, with the last six coming in the final minutes.
Waupaca took its biggest lead – 65-33 – on Alex Orr’s three-point play. Orr came off of the bench to score the Comets’ final seven points.
Wanty led all scorers with 24 points, while Justin Vaughn and Hunter Marcom added 14 and 10, respectively for the Comets. Marcom also pulled down a team-high 15 rebounds.
Waupaca hit 27 of 54 shots in the game, while the Panthers hit only 12 of 58, including two of 20 three-point attempts. Mitchell Manns and Zachary Parsons led the Panthers with eight points each.
Waupaca improved to 1-1 on the season with the win and will host Clintonville at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7.