Boys basketball roundup: Falcons wrap up conference title

Boys basketball roundup: Falcons wrap up conference title


The Central boys basketball team clinched the Southern Lakes Conference championship with a 55-39 victory over Burlington on Monday night in Paddock Lake.

The Falcons entered halftime with a seven-point lead and outscored the Demons 23-14 in the second half to wrap up the win.

Central (19-1 overall, 13-0 conference), which was ranked fifth in the latest Division-2 poll, has won 13 games in a row since its lone loss of the season on Dec. 27 to Indian Trail.

Senior guard Jaeden Zackery knocked down eight shots from the field and sparked the Falcons with a game-high 21 points, including 12 in the second half. Senior guard Joey Michelau added 13 points.

Sophomore Joey Berezowitz hit six shots and scored 16 points for the Demons (11-10, 7-6), who have lost three of their last four games.

Central, the No. 1 seed in its regional, will close conference play with a 7 p.m. home game against Union Grove on Thursday.

Wilmot 77, Shoreland Lutheran 61

A balanced scoring attack lifted the Panthers over the Pacers in a non-conference game at Wilmot.

Four players hit double digits in scoring for Wilmot, which has won four of its last five games to improve to 15-5. Shoreland lost its third straight game and fell to 5-16.

Wilmot junior guard Zack Watson hit seven shots from the field and all five of his free-throw attempts for a game-high 19 points. Kevin Brenner added 16 points, followed by Kevin Sandman with 14 and Mason Moravectz with 10.

The Panthers took a seven-point lead into intermission and outscored the Pacers 36-27 in the second half to secure the victory.

Joshua Edmundson and Quentin Bolton led Shoreland with 13 points apiece. Brandon Freitag chipped in 12.

St. Joseph 49, Burl. Cath. Central 46

The visiting Lancers built a 28-17 halftime lead and held on from there for the Metro Classic Conference victory.

Catholic Central rallied in the final 18 minutes with a 29-21 advantage, but couldn’t get any closer.

Tim Berry led the Lancers (6-14, 3-11) with 15 points and seven rebounds, followed by Andrew Alia with 12 points. Caiden Leece chipped in with six points.

Bennett Wright led Catholic Central (9-11, 6-8) with 15 points, while Brandon Pum added 12.

Scott Koker and Dan Truttschel


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