Jacob Ngobi scored 29 points and Blake McCann added 22 as the Janesville Craig boys basketball team earned an 87-66 Big Eight Conference victory at Madison West on Friday night.

“We jumped out in front and shot the ball well,” Craig coach Ben McCormick said. “They cut the lead to 11 points in the second half, but then we pulled away again.

The Cougars took a 37-20 hafltime lead. Ngobi scored 12 first-half points and added 17 in the second.

McCann provided the biggest second-half spark, scoring 18 of his 22 points.

Luke Malmanger and Seve Bertagnoli each added 10 points. Malmanger added 12 rebounds.

“Luke played really well tonight,” McCormick said. “He controlled the boards.

“It was a good win for us.”

The Cougars moved to within a win of the .500 mark for the season. They are 8-9 in the Big Eight and 10-11 overall.

Craig concludes the Big Eight regular season Thursday night at home against Verona.


Craig (87)—McCann, 6-8-22; Huml, 1-0-3; Bertagnoli, 5-0-10; Ngobi, 10-7-29; Blomgren, 2-0-4; Glissendorf, 1-0-2; Malmanger, 4-2-10; Christiansen, 1-0-2; Lynch, 1-0-2; Ronde, 0-1-1. Totals: 31-20-87.

West (66)—Thompson, 3-0-9; Reed, 5-2-12; Champion, 2-0-5; McCray, 6-2-15; Shanklin, 3-0-7; Grosse, 1-2-4; Annwald, 5-1-12; Berry, 0-2-2. Totals: 25-9-66.

Craig 37 50—87

West 20 46—66

Three-point goals—Craig 5 (McCann 2, Huml, Ngobi 2), West 7 (Thompson 3, Champion, McCray, Shanklin, Annwald). Free throws missed—Craig 10, West 10. Total fouls—Craig 18, West 21.

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