Brooks drops 45 on Pirates, lifts Horicon to victory; Rio edges Bluejays
WATERLOO — Senior guard CJ Brooks scored a game-high 45 points and put back his own miss with 3.3 seconds remaining to give Horicon a 69-67 nonconference win over Waterloo on Tuesday.
Horicon opened the game on a 9-0 run and led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but Waterloo rallied back and tied the game at 67-67 on a basket by junior forward EJ Jiles with 30 seconds left in regulation.
The Marshmen played for the last shot and called two timeouts, after which Brooks caught the inbounds pass and followed his own miss for the game-winner.
“We knew he’s a good basketball player,” Waterloo boys basketball coach Bryan Setz said. “Our help defense was a little slow. We had a tendency to turn and reach. We sent him to the line quite a bit. Obviously, the game came down to the 32 free throws they shot compared to 17 for us. You’re not going to win many close games doing that.
“In the second half, our defense started to slide into position and we took a few charges. It showed me a lot that we came back against a good Horicon team.”
Senior guard Aaron Brey led Waterloo with 27 points, including five of his team’s nine 3-pointers. Brey scored 15 in the first half and 12 in the second half. Jiles scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime.
“It will be good if we can get EJ going earlier,” Setz said. “Brooks was consistent each half. We know the Capitol South has a lot of good guard players, so our off the ball defense has to improve. We need to be quicker with our help and keep our fouls to a minimum.”
Waterloo hosts Pardeeville on Monday.
HORICON 69, WATERLOO 67
Horicon 34 35 — 69
Waterloo 24 43 — 67
Horicon (fg-ft-tp) — Brooks 15-13-45, LaBlanc 1-0-2, Drews 1-5-7, Hazelberg 1-2-4, S. Minnema 1-0-3, D. Minnema 3-1-7, Boehmer 0-1-1. Totals 22 22-32 69.
Waterloo (fg-ft-tp) — Brey 11-0-27, Lanigan 1-0-2, Noel 2-1-6, Huebner 1-0-3, Bostwick 2-1-7, Sanzenbacher 0-1-1, Jiles 6-4-16, Strnad 1-1-3, Filter 1-0-2. Totals 25 8-17 67.
Three-point goals — H, Brooks 2, S. Minnema; W, Brey 5, Noel, Huebner, Bostwick 2.
Total fouls — H 17, W 23.
Fouled out — H, Drews, D. Minnema.
RIO 72, JOHNSON CREEK 69
JOHNSON CREEK — Senior forward Nathan Rippl scored 28 points and senior guard Brandon Rowe added 24 to lead Rio to a 72-69 nonconference win over Johnson Creek’s boys basketball team on Tuesday.
Rio led by as much as 15 points in the first half. The Bluejays trailed 39-32 at halftime and spent much of the second half down by 10 before closing to within one in the final minute.
Senior guard Cole Ducklow’s 3-pointer with 30 seconds to go trimmed Rio’s lead to 70-69, but the Bluejays were forced to put Rowe at the foul line in the final seconds and he made both to close this one out.
Those two guys (Rippl and Rowe) killed us,” Johnson Creek boys basketball coach Ryan Lind said. “They were tough.”
Despite the loss, Johnson Creek finished with five players in double figures. Senior guard/forward Jamison Richardt led the Bluejays with 19 points. Ducklow had 16. Senior guard Alex Garza scored 14 before fouling out. Senior guard Bryce Henningsen and junior guard Justin Swanson each had 10.
“That was huge,” Lind said. “We got scoring. Alex stepped up for sure and kept us alive. I felt like he got picked on with a lot of those fouls, but he played very well. Jamison played very well and he guarded (Rowe) the whole game. Cole had kind of an off shooting night. He can shoot better. (Rowe) was on him and he is a good defender, so that may have thrown him off.
“We hung around and made a game of it. There’s room for improvement. I told the guys I was definitely proud of them. They did not give up. Rio is a good team. They won 18 games last year and had their leading scorer back, and they have some good defenders.”
Johnson Creek travels to Waupun to play Central Wisconsin Christian on Saturday, Dec. 1.
RIO 72, JOHNSON CREEK 69
Rio 39 33 — 72
Johnson Creek 32 37 — 69
Rio (fg-ft-tp) — J. Rowe 5-0-11, Johnson 0-1-1, B. Rowe 8-4-24, Schneider 2-0-5, Rippl 11-6-28, Seth 1-0-3. Totals 27 11-15 72.
Johnson Creek (fg-ft-tp) — Ducklow 5 4-4 16, Henningsen 4-2-10, Swanson 4-1-10, Richardt 8-3-19, Garza 6-0-14. Totals 27 10-15 69.
Three-point goals — R, Row, Rowe 4, Schneider, Seth; JC, Ducklow 2, Swanson, Garza 2.
Total fouls — R 15, JC 17.
Fouled out — JC, Garza.