MINERAL POINT – Senior guard Chase Stietz buried the game-winning 3-pointer with just five seconds remaining on the clock as the Black Hawk Warriors knocked off host Mineral Point, 63-60, in a semifinal game at the Pointer Holiday Tournament held at MPHS on Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Freshman Conner Meyer poured in a team-high 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead four players in double figures for the Warriors (5-2 overall). Sophomore CJ Leuzinger sank five of the team’s eight 3-pointers to finish with 15 points and nine rebounds, while junior Josh Meier scored 12 points with four assists and Stietz chipped in with 10 points.
“Our game against Mineral Point was very exiting. I thought we played with a lot of confidence and were very efficient on offense. Our key to victory was our execution,” said head coach Charlie Anderson.
Chance Wendhausen went off for a game-high 28 points to lead the Pointers (2-6), who defeated Platteville, 65-48, in Wednesday’s consolation game.
The victory sent Black Hawk into the championship game on Wednesday, Dec. 30, against Appleton North, who outlasted Platteville, 57-53, in overtime in Tuesday’s other semifinal game.
It was a David vs. Goliath match-up with the Division 5 Warriors– with an enrollment of 102 students– facing the Division 1 Lightning– and their enrollment of 1,800– for the title. This time, David did not come out on top.
The Lightning (2-6) charged out to a 34-20 lead after one half of play, and then outscored the Warriors 34-16 in the second half to put the victory away.
“We did not handle pressure their well. They were quick and made us rush our decisions,” commented Coach Anderson.
The Warriors shot just 34 percent from the field (12-of-35) and 17 percent from 3-point range (2-of-12), while committing 18 turnovers in the loss.
Meyer led the Warriors with 12 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Leuzinger tallied eight points and five rebounds, and Meier had seven points, five rebounds and two blocks on the night.
“We have four road games to start the new year. In fact, we will have only one home game in our first 11). We just need to keep working hard and meeting the challenge each game,” Anderson said. “Against Point, we played the entire 36 minutes together, and that needs to continue as we march on the road.”
Black Hawk has a Six Rivers East game at Argyle on Friday, Jan. 8, and a non-conference game at Warren on Monday, Jan. 11.
Black Hawk…… 26 37 – 63
Mineral Point…. 20 40 – 60
Black Hawk – Jason Treuthardt 2, CJ Leuzinger 15, Jett Rufenacht 5, Josh Meier 12, Chase Stietz 10, Connor Meyer 19. Totals – 25 5-8 63.
Mineral Point – MacGilvra 5, Pfaff 9, Steffes 5, Toay 2, Warrick 11, Wendhausen 28. Totals – 24 7-10 60.
3-point goals– BH 8 (Treuthardt 5, Rufenacht 1, Meier 1, Stietz 1), MP 5 (MacGilvra 1, Pfaff 1, Wendhausen 3). Total fouls– BH 10, MP 12.
Appleton North…. 34 34 – 68
Black Hawk……… 20 16 – 36
Appleton North – Not available. Totals – 0 0-0 68.
Black Hawk – Jacob Quinn 3, CJ Leuzinger 8, Jett Rufenacht 1, Josh Meier 7, Seth Paulson 1, Chase Stietz 4, Connor Meyer 12. Totals – 12 8-11 36.
3-point goals– AN na, BH 2 (Quinn 1, Leuzinger 1). Total fouls– AN na, BH na.