Sun Prairie sweeps Craig boys
Senior point guard Michael Boos scored 20 points in leading the Cardinals to an 87-57 victory over the Cougars in a Big Eight Conference game here Saturday afternoon.
Assisting in the Sun Prairie assault were guard Jaron Schaffner with 13 points and Jordan Noskowiak, a guard/forward, who added 12.
As a result, Craig remained winless for the season at 0-13 and fell to 0-10 in the Big Eight. Sun Prairie improved to 11-3 and 7-3 with its first two-game season sweep of the Cougars since 1982.
Craig coach Mike Miller said his Cougars ran up against a good team playing well after Sun Prairie took a one-point win from Beloit earlier in the week.
“Sun Prairie is one of the better offensive teams in the Big Eight,” Miller said. “They’ve had numerous games when they’ve been in the 80s, and today they came out and shot the ball extremely well from the three and executed very well offensively.”
Craig denied Sun Prairie the ball inside, but the Cardinals got it out high for uncontested shots. The Cardinals shot 66 percent (16 of 24) on field-goal attempts in the first half, enabling them to build a 46-23 lead.
Cody Dare led Craig with 14 points. Bret Bates added 10, and Matt Bordwell came off the bench to score nine.
But the Cougars couldn’t stop the Cardinals.
“We have a size problem,” Miller said. “We’re not big enough to defend in the post. We have to drop off and give help on the inside, and then they get open looks on the perimeter.”
Jeff Boos was pleased with his team’s performance en route to his first sweep of Craig in 16 years as Sun Prairie coach.
But the Cardinals are looking for even more. Boos said he is looking forward to having an impact on the Big Eight standings during the second half of the season.
“Right now, it looks like (Madison) East is in the driver’s seat with a two-game lead over Madison Memorial, but guess what. They (the Purgolders) have to come to our place, and we have to play at Madison Memorial a week from Friday. So we’ll see what happens.”
Despite the lopsided score, Miller saw some positives in this game.
“Some of our kids came off the bench and gave us some good effort,” he said. “Matt Bordwell and Tom Kitching both really battled and did a nice job. We are starting to move the ball a little better offensively, so we’ll just hang in there and work harder.”
Craig will try to break into the win column Tuesday when the Cougars host Beloit Memorial.
SUN PRAIRIE 87, CRAIG 57
Sun Prairie (87)—Thiel, 1-1-3; Schaffner, 5-2-13; Noskowiak, 4-3-12; Hawkins, 2-5-9; Boos, 7-2-20; Williams, 0-1-1; Fuller, 5-4-15; Mifflin, 2-0-4; Yentz, 1-2-4; Gujawski, 1-0-2; Oakley, 0-2-2; Saffold, 1-0-2. Totals: 29-22-87.
Craig (57)—Johnson, 2-0-4; Bates, 4-0-10; Condon, 4-0-8; Dare, 5-3-14; Holznecht, 2-3-7; Kyle, 1-0-2; Bordwell, 3-2-9; Viverette, 1-0-3. Totals: 22-8-57.
Sun Prairie 22 24 24 17—87
Janesville Craig 13 10 18 16—57
Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 7 (Schaffner, Noskowiak, Boos 4, Fuller), Craig 5 (Bates 2, Dare, Bordwell, Viverette). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 5, Craig 7. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 18, Craig 19.
Sophomores—Sun Prairie 51, Craig 32. Craig leading scorers: Cameron Wright, 9; Brett Pickarts, 9.