Craig boys wallop depleted Lancers
The sophomore guard carried Madison La Follette High School for three quarters, scoring 24 points. But the Janesville Craig Cougars broke free with a 23-10 finish to bury the depleted Lancers.
Lucas Burns scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter, while Charley Roherty and Cooper Cullen scored 18 points apiece as Craig High registered a 81-58 victory to maintain sole possession of second place in the Big Eight Conference boys basketball standings.
“The second half was very, very impressive,” Craig coach Bob Suter said. “I thought we played really solid all the way through, but in the second half we got on the boards and that really turned the tide.”
Craig (14-5, 11-4) outrebounded the Lancers 19-4 in the second half and made 52 percent of its field-goal attempts for a 55-26 scoring advantage.
However, a three-pointer from Brett Klinkner brought the Lancers (12-6, 9-5) within 50-48 with 2:14 left in the third quarter. Burns countered with five straight points, and Kyle Goike added a three-pointer to give Craig a 58-48 lead after three quarters.
Craig’s 8-0 run grew to 21-0 as the Cougars opened the fourth quarter with 13 straight points. Burns had eight of his 10 fourth-quarter points in the run, while Roherty capped the onslaught with a three-pointer for a 71-48 lead.
“For once, they were collapsing inside, so I had a lot more open looks tonight,” said Roherty, who finished with six three-pointers. “My dad told me before the game to square up, so I just tried to square up and concentrate on my form and things were falling for me tonight.”
Roherty had four of his six three-pointers in the first half as Craig tried to keep up with the Fuller show.
La Follette lost seven players to an athletic code violation, including All-Big Eight guard Cashton Craig, Javonte Walters and Darnall Small, who combined for 25 points in the Lancers’ 51-48 loss to Craig earlier this season.
Fuller shouldered the load with six three-pointers and 10 third-quarter points. But the point guard got into a scuffle with Craig center Jo Jo Pregont at the end of the third quarter and did not score in the fourth as Craig raced away.
“Craig is such a sound and balanced team,” La Follette coach Reggie Williams said. “It would have been nice if D.J. could have kept going, but he stepped up. Tonight, Craig had three players that stepped up and made some big plays.”
CRAIG 81, LA FOLLETTE 58
Craig (81)—Roherty, 6-0-18; Cullen, 6-5-18; Goike, 4-0-9; Pregont, 1-3-5; Burns, 9-8-27; Cagney, 0-2-2; Koeberl, 1-0-2. Totals: 27-18-81.
La Follette (58)—Dybevik, 1-1-3; Fuller, 8-2-24; Krueger, 4-0-8; Thompson, 2-0-4; Klinkner, 2-0-6; Singh, 2-0-4; Waeffler, 1-0-3; Porter, 1-2-4; Hallmon, 0-2-2. Totals: 21-7-58.
Janesville Craig 18 18 22 23—81
Madison La Follette 17 15 16 10—58
Three-point goals—Craig 9 (Roherty 6, Cuillen, Goike, Burns), La Follette 9 (Fuller 6, Klinkner 2, Waeffler). Free throws missed—Craig 4, La Follette 2. Total fouls—Craig 10, La Follette 16.
Sophomores—La Follette 61, Craig 48.