New London shines over Menasha
Bulldogs give Kewaskum a fight
By John Faucher and Scott Bellile
The Bulldog boys’ basketball team earned a convincing win over the Menasha Blue Jays on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Prior to the game New London head coach Kurt Schommer said, “If we can find a way to play a full 36 minutes, we will be far more dangerous.”
That is just what the Bulldogs did.
New London controlled the ball early in the game and maintained a six-point lead for most of the first half. The Bulldogs sent the Blue Jays into the locker room with a 35-29 halftime deficit.
“The guys played hard and did a very nice job of practicing and prepping leading up to the game,” said Schommer.
New London stayed on their game in the second half and expanded its lead to nine points by the final buzzer.
“The (win) against Menasha was one that the team was proud of,” said Schommer. “Menasha made a run back at us. We give them a lot of credit for how hard they fought up until the very end.”
The 62-53 New London victory marked the end of a dry spell for the Bulldogs, who had not added to the win column since Jan. 26.
“Seeing vast improvements in the guys is such a great sign to see, especially this late in the season,” said Schommer. “This is a great group of guys with a lot of character and drive. I’m very proud of how hard our guys have been continuing to play.”
Scoring: Bulldog Will Wohlt led New London’s scoring with 15 points in the game. Kyle Wolf had 14, Hunter Zaddack 9, Brayden Kurth 8, Jacob Johnson and Grant Oberstadt each had 7, and Devin Winkler had 2.
Kewaskum 66, New London 63
NEW LONDON – The Bulldogs fell to Kewaskum in a close 66-63 nonconference contest versus Kewaskum on Feb. 9.
“We shot the ball really well against Kewaskum in the first half, which got us a nine-point lead at half,” New London coach Kurt Schommer said. “However, we were unable to get stops on the defensive side throughout the entire game, which was frustrating.”
Schommer said New London played well against a talented team without question, but it just made some mistakes.
“Our off-the-ball defense got us in trouble, giving up several uncontested lay-ups in the second half,” Schommer said.
Scoring: Kyle Wolf 22, Hunter Zaddack 18, Will Wohlt 15, Jacob Johnson 3, Grant Obserstadt 2, Matt Wunderlich 2, Devin Winkler 1. Leading rebounders: Winkler 5, Will Wohlt 4. Leading three-pointers: Wolf 5.