It’s still early, but Carthage men’s basketball coach Bosko Djurickovic already sees a troubling trend — but he knows it can be fixed.
Carthage stormed out to a 21-point halftime lead in its College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin opener against Millikin on Saturday, but cooled off considerably in the second half before it finally pulled away for a 70-59 win at Tarble Arena.
You are what your record is.
That’s a common expression applied to sports teams, but in the case of the Indian Trail boys basketball team it’s also misleading.
OAK CREEK — Chalk this one up as a loss to learn from.
After opening the season with an 82-76 overtime victory against Waukesha North on Monday, the Bradford boys basketball team began Southeast Conference play with a 57-33 drubbing at Oak Creek on Friday.
SOMERS — Whether your shots are splashing the bottom of the net or threatening a serious rim realignment, you’ll lose more often than not in the Great Lakes Valley Conference if you don’t play defense.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team proved that axiom true — in a good way — on Thursday night, holding Indianapolis to 20 points in the second half, getting just enough out of a cold offense and surviving a few late scares for a 63-61 win at the DeSimone Gymnasium in a GLVC opener.
A 14-0 run to open the third quarter helped keep the UW-Parkside women’s basketball team winless on Thursday night.
Despite a season-high 17 points from senior Brittney Fair, the Rangers lost to Indianapolis, 70-57, in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both schools at the DeSimone Gymnasium.
The drive for five officially begins Thursday night.
The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team will start its quest for at least a share of its fifth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division title when it hosts fellow GLVC East stalwart Indianapolis in the conference opener at 7:30 at the DeSimone Gymnasium.
GREENFIELD — This was not the start James Hyllberg envisioned.
The Central boys basketball coach knows Whitnall, led by University of Wisconsin recruit Tyler Herro, is very good again after reaching the WIAA Division-2 state semifinals last season.
Rebounding has been a problem for the Carthage men’s basketball team for the past few seasons. After the first four games of this season, Red Men coach Bosko Djurickovic thought his team had solved its rebounding difficulties.
Those problems came back in a big way on Tuesday night in the Red Men’s 88-83 non-conference loss to Calvin College at Tarble Arena.
An 18-point second-half lead disappeared for the Bradford boys basketball team in its season opener Monday night.
Luckily for the Red Devils, they recovered just in the nick of time.
A strong first half and a double-double by Brad Perry led the Carthage men’s basketball team to a 79-60 victory over Northland Saturday at Tarble Arena.
Perry finished with 20 points — he shot 8-of-9 from the floor — and 10 rebounds for the Red Men, who improved to 3-1 after holding a 51-27 lead at halftime.
The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team was in line for its first victory of the season, but Northern Michigan used a 10-2 run midway through the final quarter for an 81-69 win in the Puma Thanksgiving Classic in Rensselaer, Ind.
The Rangers (0-5) got a basket from Taylor Stephen to trim the Wildcats’ lead to 54-52 with 6 minutes 55 seconds left, but then gave up 10 of the next 12 points.
Senior guard De-Andre Ross scored a game-high 29 points, but that wasn’t enough for the Indian Trail boys basketball to avoid a 76-73 overtime loss at Grafton in the teams’ non-conference season opener Saturday.
“He can do it all. He can hit the 3 and explode to the hoop,” Indian Trail coach Al Anderson said. “He can go right or left hand.”
The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team seemed to have its first victory in hand on Friday against Ohio Valley at the Saint Joseph’s Thanksgiving Classic in Rensselaer, Ind.
Then it all unraveled in the final four-plus minutes.
At one point, Tim Bernero thought he didn’t have a chance to get Madie Kaelber at Carthage.
The women’s basketball coach watched his daughter, Ellie, play on the same team with Kaelber since the fourth grade.
The Central boys basketball team enjoyed its best season in nearly a decade last season as it finished 16-8 overall and won the Southern Lakes Conference with an 11-3 record under first-year coach James Hyllberg.
The league title came after the Falcons had placed seventh and last in the eight-team SLC the previous two seasons and was their first conference crown since topping the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference in 1998. It was also Central’s first winning campaign since going 13-9 in 2007-08.
An 11-12 overall record and 7-7 mark in Southeast Conference action might not sound like much, but considering where the Tremper boys basketball team finished the 2014-15 season (1-22, 1-13), it represented a huge leap forward last season.
The Trojans will attempt to keep that positive momentum going in 2016-17, starting with Saturday’s non-conference opener at Racine St. Catherine’s.
A year after going 21-5 and finishing in a three-way tie for first place at 12-2 in the always competitive Southeast Conference, the Indian Trail boys basketball team stumbled to a 10-13 overall record and 4-10 SEC mark (seventh) last season.
But third-year coach Al Anderson is optimistic that the arrow is pointing up again for the Hawks in 2016-17, especially after most of their varsity players excelled in a summer league program.
With just three returning players and not a senior on the roster, there will be plenty of learning going on this season for the Reuther girls basketball team. And that’s an exciting proposition for coach Julia Hegler.
Back from last season’s 6-11 team are junior forward Tabitha Burger, junior guard/forward Audrianna Quinones and sophomore guard Synneva McAlister.
It didn’t take long to figure out Milwaukee Vincent’s strategy in how to deal with St. Joseph senior Sidney Cooks in a nonconference girls basketball opener Tuesday night.
The Vikings planned to surround the recent Michigan State signee with defenders all around her and force someone else to beat them.
Freshman guard Autumn Kalis and the Carthage women’s basketball team made quick work of Coe (Iowa) in a non-conference game at Tarble Arena on Tuesday night.
Kalis went 9-of-15 from the floor — including 6-of-10 from 3-point range — in scoring a career-high 24 points, and the Reds raced out to a 28-11 first-quarter lead en route to an 87-50 victory.