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Witt-Birn Chargers do just enough to move on in boys D4 playoffs
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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball team is moving on in the WIAA playoffs. The Chargers overcame a slightly lackluster effort on the defensive end of the floor with solid shooting, in a 70-62 division four regional win against Menominee Indian.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood shot 49 percent from the floor for the game, knocking down 16 of 29 from inside the arc, and 11 of 26 from three point range. Cory Fraaza led in scoring with 22 points. Fraaza was lights out in front of the home crowd, hitting nine of his 11 shot attempts, including a perfect three for three from long range. Trevor Groshek added 20 points to go along with eight rebounds.

We did enough to get the win, head coach Lon Ebel said. Cory and Trevor had nice nights on the offensive end of the floor.

The Chargers went out to a quick start, leading 8-2 before Menominee Indian went on a six nothing run to tie the game. Wittenberg-Birnamwood responded, pushing the lead to as many as nine with eight and a half minutes remaining in the half. Despite the lead, Ebel called a time out up seven, not happy with his team’s performance.

We were not executing on either end of the floor like I thought we were capable of, he said. Offensively we were settling for perimeter shots, when I thought we could get the ball inside.

The eighth seeded Chargers went to the locker room up six, and did just enough to hold on to the lead throughout the second half, as they advanced to Friday’s regional semifinal at top seed Marathon. Marathon, co-champions of the Marawood South Conference, have a season record of 18-4 and enjoyed a first round bye.

We lived to see another day, but we better sharpen our game before we head to Marathon on Friday, Ebel noted.

Menominee Indian was led by Darwin King, who tied Fraaza for game scoring honors with 22 points. Ronald Frechette had 13, and Sean Rohr added 10. Matt Kapitz and Kody Szews chipped in for Wittenberg-Birnamwood with nine points each.

Despite the solid shooting, free throws were an issue for the Chargers, as they hit just five of 19 from the charity stripe. Turnovers were not an issue however, with Wittenberg-Birnamwood giving the ball away just seven times.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood improved to 13-10 on the season with the victory. Menominee Indian, from the Central Wisconsin Ten Conference finishes 8-15. Friday’s contest at Marathon will tip at 7 p.m.



Scoring Summary

Men Indian at Witt Birn

Chargers 70, Eagles 62

Tues., Feb. 28, 2017



MIHS 30 32 62

WBHS 36 34 70



MEN INDIAN

Scorers: Darwin King 8-13 4-6 22; Ronald Frechette 4-7 4-6 13; Sean Rohr 3-3 4-4 10; Warren Wilber 2-9 2-3 6; Charles Lasley 2-4 0-0 6; Jerome Munson 1-2 1-1 3; Norman Kakwitch 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-39 15-20 62. Three Point Shooting: 5-16(Lasley 2-3, King 2-4, Frechette 1-2, Wilber 0-6, Munson 0-1). Rebounds: 24. Turnovers: 11. Steals 3.



WITT BIRN

Scorers: Cory Fraaza 9-11 1-5 22; Trevor Groshek 7-19 2-5 20; Matt Kapitz 3-9 0-1 9; Kody Szews 4-5 1-3 9; Teagon Lehman 3-5 1-3 7; Casey Kerstner 1-5 0-2 3. Totals: 27-55 5-19 70. Three Point Shooting: 11-26 (Groshek 4-12, Fraaza 3-3, Kapitz 3-6, Kerstner 1-4, MacLaen Alwes 0-1). Rebounds: 25 (Groshek 8, Lehman 5, Kapitz 3, Alwes 3, Szews 3, Fraaza 2, Kerstner 1). Turnovers: 7. Steals 3. Assists 8.
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Witt-Birn Chargers do just enough to move on in boys D4 playoffs
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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball team is moving on in the WIAA playoffs. The Chargers overcame a slightly lackluster effort on the defensive end of the floor with solid shooting, in a 70-62 division four regional win against Menominee Indian.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood shot 49 percent from the floor for the game, knocking down 16 of 29 from inside the arc, and 11 of 26 from three point range. Cory Fraaza led in scoring with 22 points. Fraaza was lights out in front of the home crowd, hitting nine of his 11 shot attempts, including a perfect three for three from long range. Trevor Groshek added 20 points to go along with eight rebounds.

We did enough to get the win, head coach Lon Ebel said. Cory and Trevor had nice nights on the offensive end of the floor.

The Chargers went out to a quick start, leading 8-2 before Menominee Indian went on a six nothing run to tie the game. Wittenberg-Birnamwood responded, pushing the lead to as many as nine with eight and a half minutes remaining in the half. Despite the lead, Ebel called a time out up seven, not happy with his team’s performance.

We were not executing on either end of the floor like I thought we were capable of, he said. Offensively we were settling for perimeter shots, when I thought we could get the ball inside.

The eighth seeded Chargers went to the locker room up six, and did just enough to hold on to the lead throughout the second half, as they advanced to Friday’s regional semifinal at top seed Marathon. Marathon, co-champions of the Marawood South Conference, have a season record of 18-4 and enjoyed a first round bye.

We lived to see another day, but we better sharpen our game before we head to Marathon on Friday, Ebel noted.

Menominee Indian was led by Darwin King, who tied Fraaza for game scoring honors with 22 points. Ronald Frechette had 13, and Sean Rohr added 10. Matt Kapitz and Kody Szews chipped in for Wittenberg-Birnamwood with nine points each.

Despite the solid shooting, free throws were an issue for the Chargers, as they hit just five of 19 from the charity stripe. Turnovers were not an issue however, with Wittenberg-Birnamwood giving the ball away just seven times.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood improved to 13-10 on the season with the victory. Menominee Indian, from the Central Wisconsin Ten Conference finishes 8-15. Friday’s contest at Marathon will tip at 7 p.m.



Scoring Summary

Men Indian at Witt Birn

Chargers 70, Eagles 62

Tues., Feb. 28, 2017



MIHS 30 32 62

WBHS 36 34 70



MEN INDIAN

Scorers: Darwin King 8-13 4-6 22; Ronald Frechette 4-7 4-6 13; Sean Rohr 3-3 4-4 10; Warren Wilber 2-9 2-3 6; Charles Lasley 2-4 0-0 6; Jerome Munson 1-2 1-1 3; Norman Kakwitch 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 21-39 15-20 62. Three Point Shooting: 5-16(Lasley 2-3, King 2-4, Frechette 1-2, Wilber 0-6, Munson 0-1). Rebounds: 24. Turnovers: 11. Steals 3.



WITT BIRN

Scorers: Cory Fraaza 9-11 1-5 22; Trevor Groshek 7-19 2-5 20; Matt Kapitz 3-9 0-1 9; Kody Szews 4-5 1-3 9; Teagon Lehman 3-5 1-3 7; Casey Kerstner 1-5 0-2 3. Totals: 27-55 5-19 70. Three Point Shooting: 11-26 (Groshek 4-12, Fraaza 3-3, Kapitz 3-6, Kerstner 1-4, MacLaen Alwes 0-1). Rebounds: 25 (Groshek 8, Lehman 5, Kapitz 3, Alwes 3, Szews 3, Fraaza 2, Kerstner 1). Turnovers: 7. Steals 3. Assists 8.
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