Janesville Craig’s boys basketball team found its offensive mojo again Monday night.

Blake McCann scored 32 points with five 3-pointers, and the Cougars returned to their high-scoring ways during a 74-56 Big Eight Conference win over the Verona Wildcats at Verona High.

“When you shoot the ball well, it erases a lot of mistakes,” Craig coach Ben McCormick said. “I thought it was our best game in terms of shooting the basketball. We had some good rhythm and some good ball reversals.”

Craig (6-7, 5-6 Big Eight) had been averaging 56.8 points in its last six games.

McCann was 12 of 17 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range. The senior was especially busy during the first half, scoring 23 points to lift the Cougars to a 42-26 halftime advantage.

“Our guys did a nice job of finding him (McCann) and recognizing he had the hot hand,” McCormick said.

Jacob Ngobi had 15 points and Seve Bertagnoli added 12 for the Cougars, who host league co-leader Sun Prairie on Thursday. Craig finished with nine 3-pointers, but made just 3 of 10 free throws.

Verona (7-6, 5-6 Big Eight) had a two-game winning streak snapped. Bui Clements led the Wildcats with 21 points.


Craig (74)—McCann 12-3-32, Bertagnoli 4-0-9, Ngobi 7-0-15, Malmanger 1-0-2, Leverson 5-0-12, Lynch 1-0-2, Fieiras 1-0-2. Totals: 31-3-74.

Verona (56)—Clements 8-3-21, Kelliher 4-2-10, Kelly 1-0-3, Kemper 2-0-4, Golden 1-0-2, Slavek 1-1-3, McKnight 1-0-3, Van Handel 0-2-2, Atwell 0-1-1. Totals: 20-9-56.

Craig 42 32—74

Verona 26 30—56

3-point goals—Craig 9 (McCann 4, Bertagnoli 2, Leverson 2, Ngobi 1), Verona 6 (Bui 2, Reagan 2, Seamus 1, Tommie 1). Free throws missed—Craig 7, Verona 3. Total fouls—Craig 12, Verona 11.

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