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If one ever noticed, the cream eventually rises to the top of a properly poured mug of root beer.

That appears to be the trend with coach Jesse Shaw’s Antigo High School boys basketball team as it stung Northern Lakes Conference leading Medford Monday, 63-62.

On a memorable Senior Night in which Hunter Cornelius, Marcus Stern, Matt Arndt, and Drew Schwarz were recognized for their athletic and academic commitment (accumulating a cumulative 3.75 GPA between them), Antigo climbed to 7-4 in the league and 13-6 overall while the Raiders slipped to 8-2 and 15-4.

Not only clipping the Raider wings, the victory also buoyed the Robins WIAA seeding hopes as they head into play Friday at Rhinelander for a 7 p.m. game. Seedings will be determined Sunday. The Hodags are 6-4 in league play and beat Marshfield by 70-48 Tuesday to climb to 11-7 overall.

After a slow first half during which we played very good defense, we were unable to consistently get defensive stops in the second half, a nonetheless proud coach Jesse Shaw said. But after being down by five late in the second half, Matt and Drew made the plays they needed to make, especially on that last play where Matt unselfishly found Brady (Tatro) for the winning basket.

But I’m proud of everyone for sticking together in a back and forth game, he added, it was indeed a memorable Senior Night.

Following a recent trend, Antigo was able to build a lead at halftime, 26-21, on the strength of that excellent defense and pinpoint free throw accuracy. The Robins drilled nine of their 10 charity tosses and held Medford to just two tries, both of which it converted. AHS would end up 22 of 26 from the stripe for 85 percent accuracy.

The second half began even better as AHS extended its lead on a pair of buckets but the Raiders swooped back with a nine point run to even the score at 41-41 midway through the half. Arndt, who’d begun to catch fire after intermission and would lead all scorers with 29 points, sank a bucket to push the Robins back atop before Medford staged another mini-run to grab a 48-43 lead with 7:30 remaining.

Much of Medford’s scoring, in both halves and at key times, came from versatile 6-1 senior guard Oxy Ekwueme who scored 28 points but the mini-run would be its last.

An apparently softening Robin defense was inspired by a pair of Marcus Stern blocks (he ended with three for the game) and Antigo clawed back to within a point, 57-56, on a pair of Schwarz free throws. It quickly regained the lead on a three-point basket by Arndt (his third) with just over two minutes left in the game.

The game stayed nip and tuck after Schwarz gave Antigo a 61-59 lead on a charity toss after a nifty steal. Ekwueme responded with a free throw with 57 seconds left and gave Medford a 62-61 lead with a bucket 27.6 seconds before game’s end.

Medford called timeout to prepare for an expected last-second shot by AHS. Blanketing Arndt, the Raiders forgot about Tatro who’d snuck wide open underneath the hoop and the ever-aware guard spied and fed Tatro for a hoop with just 1.2 seconds left.

A desperate Medford squad called two timeouts to set up a full-court desperation play but Schwarz batted the heave harmlessly away and the Robins flew away with their important and well-earned win.

Schwarz aided Arndt with 18 points, including 10 free throws, Hunter Bolson tallied nine, including all of his three free throws, A.J. Kirsch scored five and yanked some key rebounds, and Tatro’s two points served as the Robin victory margin.

Jake Sullivan helped Ekwueme with 11 points, Cameron Wenzel poured in 10, Garrett Strebig counted six.



Medford at Antigo

Robins 63 Raiders 62

At Sheldon Fieldhouse

Tue., Feb. 14, 2017



MHS     21      41     -  62

AHS     26      37     -  63



ANTIGO

(2Pt. FG/3Pt. FG/FT/TP)

Scorers: Tatro 1/0/0 2; Arndt 6/3/9 29; Schwarz 4/0/10 18; Kirsch 5/0/5 15; Bolson 3/0/3 9. Totals: 3 Pt. FG: Arndt 3.
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Seniors show how it's done in 63-62 win over Medford
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If one ever noticed, the cream eventually rises to the top of a properly poured mug of root beer.

That appears to be the trend with coach Jesse Shaw’s Antigo High School boys basketball team as it stung Northern Lakes Conference leading Medford Monday, 63-62.

On a memorable Senior Night in which Hunter Cornelius, Marcus Stern, Matt Arndt, and Drew Schwarz were recognized for their athletic and academic commitment (accumulating a cumulative 3.75 GPA between them), Antigo climbed to 7-4 in the league and 13-6 overall while the Raiders slipped to 8-2 and 15-4.

Not only clipping the Raider wings, the victory also buoyed the Robins WIAA seeding hopes as they head into play Friday at Rhinelander for a 7 p.m. game. Seedings will be determined Sunday. The Hodags are 6-4 in league play and beat Marshfield by 70-48 Tuesday to climb to 11-7 overall.

After a slow first half during which we played very good defense, we were unable to consistently get defensive stops in the second half, a nonetheless proud coach Jesse Shaw said. But after being down by five late in the second half, Matt and Drew made the plays they needed to make, especially on that last play where Matt unselfishly found Brady (Tatro) for the winning basket.

But I’m proud of everyone for sticking together in a back and forth game, he added, it was indeed a memorable Senior Night.

Following a recent trend, Antigo was able to build a lead at halftime, 26-21, on the strength of that excellent defense and pinpoint free throw accuracy. The Robins drilled nine of their 10 charity tosses and held Medford to just two tries, both of which it converted. AHS would end up 22 of 26 from the stripe for 85 percent accuracy.

The second half began even better as AHS extended its lead on a pair of buckets but the Raiders swooped back with a nine point run to even the score at 41-41 midway through the half. Arndt, who’d begun to catch fire after intermission and would lead all scorers with 29 points, sank a bucket to push the Robins back atop before Medford staged another mini-run to grab a 48-43 lead with 7:30 remaining.

Much of Medford’s scoring, in both halves and at key times, came from versatile 6-1 senior guard Oxy Ekwueme who scored 28 points but the mini-run would be its last.

An apparently softening Robin defense was inspired by a pair of Marcus Stern blocks (he ended with three for the game) and Antigo clawed back to within a point, 57-56, on a pair of Schwarz free throws. It quickly regained the lead on a three-point basket by Arndt (his third) with just over two minutes left in the game.

The game stayed nip and tuck after Schwarz gave Antigo a 61-59 lead on a charity toss after a nifty steal. Ekwueme responded with a free throw with 57 seconds left and gave Medford a 62-61 lead with a bucket 27.6 seconds before game’s end.

Medford called timeout to prepare for an expected last-second shot by AHS. Blanketing Arndt, the Raiders forgot about Tatro who’d snuck wide open underneath the hoop and the ever-aware guard spied and fed Tatro for a hoop with just 1.2 seconds left.

A desperate Medford squad called two timeouts to set up a full-court desperation play but Schwarz batted the heave harmlessly away and the Robins flew away with their important and well-earned win.

Schwarz aided Arndt with 18 points, including 10 free throws, Hunter Bolson tallied nine, including all of his three free throws, A.J. Kirsch scored five and yanked some key rebounds, and Tatro’s two points served as the Robin victory margin.

Jake Sullivan helped Ekwueme with 11 points, Cameron Wenzel poured in 10, Garrett Strebig counted six.



Medford at Antigo

Robins 63 Raiders 62

At Sheldon Fieldhouse

Tue., Feb. 14, 2017



MHS     21      41     -  62

AHS     26      37     -  63



ANTIGO

(2Pt. FG/3Pt. FG/FT/TP)

Scorers: Tatro 1/0/0 2; Arndt 6/3/9 29; Schwarz 4/0/10 18; Kirsch 5/0/5 15; Bolson 3/0/3 9. Totals: 3 Pt. FG: Arndt 3.
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