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Sun Prairie's Fuller takes down Craig

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KENNETH M. VELOSKEY
December 10, 2011
— Janesville Craig High kept visiting Sun Prairie under control for the first half, but then the Cardinals’ 6-foot-6 junior Nick Fuller put his foot down.

After a 4-for-12 effort in the first half, Fuller scored 26 of his game-high 35 points in the second half, including an 8-of-9 performance from the free-throw line to lead the Cardinals to a


56-48 victory Friday in Big Eight Conference boys basketball.


Craig fell to 1-3 in the Big Eight and 1-6 overall.


Fuller opened the third quarter with four straight baskets to put the Cards ahead 27-21 after trailing 21-19 at the half. Fuller finished off the third quarter with six straight baskets and six straight free throws for 18 points as Sun Prairie took a 41-30 lead.


“My teammates helped me get some easy shots down low,” Fuller said of his second-half performance that included three dunks. “I was doing whatever I could do to get points.’’


Craig senior Cameron Wright said Fuller, a prime Division I recruit who has been offered a scholarship to Marquette, is a total package.


“It’s fun to play against him,” Wright said. “He is a great, great athlete that can do everything. He can jump, dribble and shoot.’’


Wright said Fuller really didn’t change his game in the second half after making just four of 12 shots in the first half.


“He just put them in,” Wright said. “He had good looks in the first half. He just didn’t put them in. The second half, he made them, and there is not much you can do about it.’’


Craig coach Mike Miller said Fuller is as good as advertised.


“He’s just a good player, and he generally gets his points,” Miller said. “He averages about 25 a game. We slowed him down for a while, then he got out on some breaks and we gave up a couple dunks and he got rolling.’’


The Cougars led 13-9 after the first quarter and maintained the lead through the first half as Fuller struggled and Craig forced Sun Prairie into turnovers.


Bret Pickarts scored 10 of his 19 points in the first half, but was the only Cougar to score in double figures.


As Fuller gained momentum, the Cougars fell prey to turnovers in the second half. Sun Prairie outscored Craig, 22-9, in the third quarter to take the lead for good.


“We have spurts where we don’t handle the ball very well,” Miller said. “(Fuller) getting going was basically us not taking care of the ball very well.’’


SUN PRAIRIE 56, CRAIG 48


Sun Prairie (56)—Fuller, 13-8-35; Cromwell, 1-0-2; Noskowiak, 1-0-3; Wallace, 2-0-4; Yentz, 1-2-4; Vernio, 1-2-5; Struebel, 1-1-3. Totals: 20-13-56.


Craig (48)—Sarow, 2-1-5; Malmanger, 2-3-8; Cooney, 2-0-5; Pickarts, 7-2-19; Foster, 1-0-2; Wright, 1-3-5; Roth, 2-0-4. Totals: 17-9-48.


Sun Prairie 9 10 22 15—56


Janesville Craig 13 8 9 18—48


Three-point goals—Sun Prairie 3 (Noskowiak, Fuller, Vernio), Craig 3 (Malmager, Cooney, Pickarts). Free throws missed—Sun Prairie 6, Craig 3. Total fouls—Sun Prairie 17, Craig 16.



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