Craig boys edge Verona; Middleton outlasts Parker
Janesville Craig High School walked a tightrope Saturday to a 63-62 victory over Verona in Big Eight Conference boys basketball.
Craig improves to 3-7 in the Big Eight and 3-11 overall. Verona falls to 1-10 and 1-12.
The Cougars smacked the Wildcats 17-9 in the second quarter and gained a 38-28 lead at the half, but Verona bounced back for a 16-7 advantage in the third quarter to cut its deficit to 45-44.
Craig took an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter but it withered away to the final margin with four seconds remaining. Verona set up for the winning shot, but Paul Foster made a steal to seal the victory for Craig.
Brett Pickarts scored all 16 of his points in the first half for Craig, and Cameron Wright scored six of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.
CRAIG 63, VERONA 62
Craig (63)—Ngobi, 4-0-8; Malmanger, 2-3-8; Olson, 0-3-3; Cooney, 1-0-3; Pickarts, 6-0-16; Wright, 4-2-10; Foster, 3-1-9; Roth, 2-2-6. Totals: 22-11-63
Verona (62)—D. Turner, 3-2-9; T. Turner, 4-1-10; Biddle, 2-2-6; Argall, 2-0-5; Gerlach, 2-2-6; Flora, 1-0-2; Tackett, 3-0-6; Dalton, 7-2-17; Kermicle, 0-1-1. Totals: 24-10-62
Janesville Craig 21 17 7 18—63
Verona 19 9 16 18—62
Three-point goals—Craig 8 (Malmanger, Cooney, Pickarts 4, Foster 2), Verona 4 (D. Turner, T. Turner, Argall, Dalton) Free throws missed—Craig 12, Verona 9. Total fouls—Craig 15, Verona 24. Fouled out—Dalton.
Janesville Parker gave first-place Middleton all it could handle before falling to the Cardinals, 67-59, in a Big Eight Conference boys basketball game Saturday night.
The Vikings, coming off a victory over Madison La Follette, jumped to an eight-point lead going into the second quarter against the Cardinals. Middleton tied it at half, built a four-point lead going into the final quarter and used free throws to pull away at the end.
“We just kind of wore down,” said Parker coach Ryan Masterson. “It was nip-and-tuck the whole way.”
Middleton improved to 9-0 in the Big Eight and 10-2 overall. Parker is 2-8 and 4-9.
“I saw a lot of good things tonight,” Masterson said. “We beat La Follette and played Middleton tough, and it’s a good way to springboard into the second half of the season.”
Erik Albeck was the literal springboard for the Vikings. The talented senior had several steals and dunks to finish with 18 points that sparked Parker.
“Erik was really active tonight,” Masterson. “But the whole team played well. Middleton just brings waves at you.”
Andrew Somerville had 16 points and Decker Thompson 10.
Derek Rongstad had 14 points for the Cardinals.
The Vikings have a busy week ahead. Parker plays at Milton in a nonconference game Tuesday night, then has home games against Beloit on Thursday and against East on Saturday.
MIDDLETON 67, PARKER 59
Janesville Parker (59)—Somerville, 5-4-16; Smith, 4-1-9; Albeck, 6-5-18; D. Thompson, 4-1-10; Grafft, 1-0-2; Treinen, 1-0-2; Dubanowich, 0-2-2. Totals: 21-13-59.
Middleton (67)—Raffel, 2-2-6; Buchanon, 4-0-8; Williams, 3-0-6; Machmeier, 2-0-4; Everson, 4-1-11; Rongstad, 6-1-14; Schmidt, 2-1-5; Hagstrom, 4-4-13. Totals: 27-9-67.
Parker 18 11 14 16—59
Middleton 10 19 18 20—67
Three-point goals—Parker 4 (Somerville 2, Albeck, D. Thompson), Middleton 4 (Everson 2, Rongstad, Hagstrom). Free throws missed—Parker 11, Middleton 5. Total fouls—Parker 18, Middleton 24. Fouled out—Albeck.