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Falcons win at Pardeeville, close out 2018 at 8-0

December 31, 2018

PARDEEVILLE — Hustisford’s boys basketball team closed out 2018 undefeated, finishing the year with a 57-44 nonconference win over Pardeeville on Friday.

Senior guard Justin Kuehl scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half for Hustisford (8-0). Kuehl was held 10 points under his average, but the Falcons had four players in double figures and led by as many as 20 in the second half.

“In the first half, they came out in a diamond and one on (Justin),” Hustisford boys basketball coach Jake Falkenthal said. “That flustered things, but then he also was fighting some foul trouble, so he sat a good portion of the first half. We were able to weather the storm.

“We knew it would be a tough nonconference battle. They are definitely more of a physical team, a bigger team. It was a good test for us on the road. It was hostile. Their fans were into the game, our fans were into the game. It as a good environment. We weathered that storm and in the second half we came out and our defense was setting the tone.”

The Falcons built their biggest lead at 47-27 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining. Pardeeville (3-6) rallied to within nine points, but Husty closed out the game 6-of-7 at the free throw line to win by double figures for the eighth consecutive game.

“They didn’t quit, so we had to learn to play with a lead down the stretch, when teams are picking up their defensive intensity and they had to start fouling. We made our free throws down the stretch,”

Sophomore guard Dylan Kuehl added 12 points for Hustisford. Junior point guard Dylan Schmitt added 11 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Zach Kehl added 10 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Brody Thimm added seven points.

“Those guys stepped up,” Falkenthal said. “We were without (junior forward Trent Kehl) tonight. Brody saw some good minutes and contributed well. Zach was solid.

“It was a halfcourt game. They took a lot of time offensively when they had the ball and made us work defensively. They sat in a zone when Justin was out and forced us to shoot from the outside, so we were patient and looked for good opportunities inside.”

Freshman guard Derek Lindert scored 15 points to lead Pardeeville (3-6).

Hustisford hosts Princeton/Green Lake for Parents’ Night next Friday.

HUSTISFORD 57, PARDEEVILLE 44

Hustisford 28 29 — 57

Pardeeville 21 23 — 44

Hustisford (fg0ft0to) — Schmitt 5-1-11, J. Kuehl 7-2-17, Thimm 3-1-7, D. Kuehl 5-2-12, Z. Kehl 1-7-10 Totals 21 13-20 57

Pardeeville (fg-ft-tp) — Pargman 3-0-7, Goebel 1-0-2, Brodie 1-0-3, Freye 1-2-5, Klubertanz 4-2-10, Lindert 6-2-15, Lentz 1-0-2 Totals 17 6-10 44

Three-point goals — H, J. Kuehl, Z. Kehl. P, Pargman, Brodie, Freye, Lindert

Total fouls — H 14, P 19

Fouled out — P, Pargman, Klubertanz

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