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Elkhorn's Handel coaches Division 2 South to victory

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Craig Henquinet/Special to the Gazette
June 19, 2011

John Handel and his South squad were smart enough recognize Terry Nash needed the ball in his hands at the end.


The Elkhorn High coach leaned on the Wisconsin Lutheran point guard to rally the South to a 77-72 victory over the North in the Division 2 Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association boys all-star game Saturday afternoon at the UW Field House.


The Northern Michigan recruit delivered, as Nash had eight of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. That included two three-point plays and a driving lay-up for the final points to finish off the North with 28 seconds left.


“We had to make a major comeback,” Nash said of the South, which trailed 47-37 early in the second half. “I was trying to force it and get it into the lane and try and make a play. My teammates were telling me to go after it.”


Nash’s second three-point play and subsequent jumper handed the South a 72-67 lead with 2:51 remaining.


Seymour’s Phil Romback, who matched Nash with a game-high 23 points, made two free throws to pull the North within 73-72 with 1:17 remaining. Reedsburg’s Chad Mazur then countered with two free throws for the South before Nash’s final layup closed out the win.


“In the second half, we finally found some combinations that we thought would work,” Handel said. “Mazur and Nash are both pretty special. So in the fourth quarter, we just said, ‘Let’s go through those guys.’ ”


Mazur finished with 19 points to help offset Romback’s start. The 6-foot, 7-inch Michigan Tech recruit made six of his first seven three-pointers to keep the North in front early in the game.


“It’s an all-star game, and our kids raised the most amount of money (for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). So that’s what I am most proud about,” Handel said. “But I know they wanted to finish that off with a win.”


SOUTH 77, NORTH 72


North (72)—Herum 0-2 3-5 3, Jorgenson 5-8 0-0 10, Romback 7-13 3-4 23, Gould 1-3 0-0 2, Andreska 0-0 2-2 2, Woller 1-4 0-0 2, Kannel 4-9 0-2 8, Skogman 5-18 0-1 13, Stankowski 2-6 1-1 5, Vallafskey 2-6 0-0 4. Totals: 27-69 9-16 72.


South (77)—Wenzelburger 0-6 2-2 2, Schneck 4-7 1-2 9, Mazur 5-13 5-6 19, Zweifel 1-4 1-2 4, Nash 8-15 5-11 23, Tordoff 0-2 0-0 0, Barrett 0-9 0-0 0, Mathwig 2-4 1-2 5, Staege 3-4 1-1 7, Patten 3-8 0-0 8. Totals: 26-72 16-26 77.


North 25 19 16 12—72


South 19 18 18 22—77


Three-point goals—North 9-22 (Romback 6-9, Gould 0-1, Kannel 0-1, Skogman 3-9, Stankowski 0-1, Vallafskey 0-1), South 9-31 (Wenzelburger 0-2, Mazur 4-8, Zweifel 1-2, Nash 2-4, Tordoff 0-1, Barrett 0-4, Mathwig 0-2, Staege 0-1, Patten 2-7). Rebounds—North 62 (Romback 13), Suth 36 (Schneck 10). Assists—North 13 (Romback 4), South 10 (Barrett 2). Fouls—North 23, South 19.


Division 1


n North 65, South 62—Mr. Basketball was Mr. Clutch for the Division 1 boys WBCA all-star team Saturday.


Nimrod Hilliard, a Madison East graduate and the WBCA’s state Player of the Year, scored 17 points to lead the North to the win. The South Dakota State recruit made six of 12 field-goal attempts in directing the North offense.


The South team, coached by Verona’s Al Buss, got 12 points from Trinson White of Milwaukee Riverside.


NORTH 65, SOUTH 62


North (65)—Kading 1-5 1-2 3, Hawkins 2-10 0-3 4, Glendenning 0-5 1-2 1, Hilliard 6-12 4-6 17, Smit 3-7 0-0 9, Coenen 0-2 0-0 0, Van Handel 1-9 3-4 5, Ritchay 3-8 0-0 8, Zuiker 4-8 0-0 11, Chamberlain 2-9 2-4 7. Totals: 22-75 11-21 65.


South (62)—Romanowski 1-4 0-2 2, Crayton 2-11 0-0 5, Olson 1-7 1-2 4, Farr 4-15 0-0 9, Ruschman 4-10 0-0 9, Burns 4-8 0-1 8, Calloway 2-7 0-0 5, Fischer 3-6 0-0 8; White 5-7 1-3 12. Totals: 26-75 2-8 62.


North 23 13 13 16—65


South 12 16 21 13—62


Three-point goals—North 10-27 (Hawkins 0-1, Glendenning 0-3, Hilliard 1-3, Smit 3-5, Coenen 0-1; Ritchay 2-4, Zuiker 3-7, Chamberlain 1-3), South 8-32 (Romanowski 0-1, Crayton 1-6, Olson 1-3, Farr 1-7, Ruschman 1-4, Burns 0-1, Calloway 1-3, Fischer 2-5, White 1-2). Rebounds—North 59 (Hawkins 9), South 48 (White 9). Assists—North 10 (Chamberlain 5), South 8 (Olson 2). Fouls—North 11, South 15.



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