New Holstein EWC lead is down to just one game with one game left after second place Valders closed the gap with a 69-64 win before a packed house Friday night at NHHS.
Devin Schisel canned six three-point buckets on his way to a team-high 22 points, but the Vikings’ Kyle Tuma led all scorers with 23 points and Luke Goedeke added 21 as Valders avenged an earlier season 66-60 loss to the Huskies.
The Huskies can win the EWC title outright with a victory Thursday night, but must do so in hostile territory at Manitowoc Roncalli. Valders has to hope for an NH loss and they also must beat Brillion at home.
NH outscores TR
Normally when you put 81 points on the scoreboard in a high school boys basketball game, you can feel pretty good about coming away with a victory.
Except when you play New Holstein.
Two Rivers hung with powerful Huskies for a good portion of last Tuesday’s contest at NH, but New Holstein had too much in a 93-81 win that gave the Huskies at least a share of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference title.
The game was also highlighted by NH senior Nolan Beirne reaching the 1000-point plateau of his career. The historic bucket came with 5:19 left in the first half. Beirne would finish with a game-high 27 points to push his career total to 1,015. Because Husky records are incomplete, it’s not known exactly how many former players have reached that milestone.
Focus on team
Husky coach Jason Hoerth praised Beirne for his focus on New Holstein winning a conference title and not on his moment.
“Nolan deserved the moment, but he refused to have the game stopped because he told me that we’re trying to win a conference championship and didn’t want the disruption. That shows you what great character he has.”
The game itself was exactly as advertised.
“We expected a race horse type of game with them and that’s exactly what happened,” said Hoerth.
TR built an early 12-7 lead, but Devin Schisel led a Husky string of nine consecutive points to put NH on top. Austin Schrage’s triple with a second left sent NH to halftime with a 43-41 lead. Carson Heus led the way with three triples in a 16-6 NH run to start the second half and the Huskies stayed on top.
Schrage finished with 22 points, Schisel had 18 and Heus and Ryan Steffes had 11 each.
In the JV-1 game, Alex Baackes had 15 points and Luke Buffton 14, but New Holstein fell 48-35 to the Purple Raiders.