PLATTEVILLE — Lancaster made first-place Platteville work its 72–62 Southwest Wisconsin Conferenece victory Friday night in the first game of a SWC boys–girls doubleheader, but with the conference title up for grabs, the Hillmen will take a victory any way it comes.
“I thought the players showed some grit when we needed it,” said Platteville head coach Mike Huser. “ Give Lancaster credit, they shot the ball really well and we were not as disciplined as we needed to be at times on both ends of the floor. However, we dug in and got stops in the last eight minutes and were able to execute on the offensive end of the floor.”
Platteville was in control early, racing out to a 19–9 lead, but the struggling Flying Arrows (9–8, 1–6 SWC), who have just one conference win on the season and were without leading scorer Nathan Timmerman (15.7 ppg) Friday night hung tough.
The visiting Arrows quickly erased Platteville’s 35–29 halftime lead with a 10–0 run early in the second half that was sparked by 3-pointers from seniors Jordan Reuter and Jalen Schmitz and gave Lancaster its first lead of the game at 39–37.
The visitors extended the lead to six at 49–43 on junior Cole Kreul’s 3-pointer from the left corner with 11:14 remaining.
The Hillmen (14–4, 6–1) roared back with a 21–7 run over the next eight minutes to builds an eight point lead, 64–58, with three minutes left.
Junior Trey Bartels scored in the lane, classmate Cade Rohrbach made a pair of free throws, then senior Donovan Blevins scored on a floater in the lane, but went to the bench a minute later after picking up his fourth foul with 8:28 left in the game.
Rohrbach buried a jumper in the lane, then canned a 3-pointer from the wing to give Platteville the lead at 54–51.
After Lancaster sophomore Dawson Bowen made a pair of free throws, junior Andy Eggers hit a clutch 3-pointer for the Hillmen.
Platteville junior Connor Riley scored in the post to answer Austin Mumm’s big 3-pointer, then junior guard Isaiah Oswald converted a three-point play and buried a clutch jumper in the lane (pictured above) to extend the Hillmen lead to 64–56 with 3 minutes to play.
Platteville finished the game on a 13–4 run over the final 5:01 and made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 27 seconds to close out the crucial conference home win.
Blevins finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two assists to lead the Hillmen. Rohrbach had a great all-around game with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. Oswald made three 3-pointers and also finished with 14 points. Eggers added nine points on three 3-pointers and four assists.
Riley (8 points, 4 rebounds) and Bartels (7 points, 6 rebounds) combined for 15 points and 10 boards for the winners.
Mumm finished with 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Arrows in defeat. Reuter added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Hillmen improved to 6–1 in the SWC heading into Friday’s conference road game at Prairie du Chien (7–7, 3–4) and are just two wins away from winning its first conference title since 1996–97.
“We talked about being in a position to compete for the conference championship in February and we have put ourselves in that position,” added Huser. “The players understand this about getting better each day and controlling what we can control. They have done a really nice job to this point and have toughed out some really good wins, against some really good teams. Whether they conference or non-conference games, these tight games we have played will serve us well moving forward for the rest of the regular season and when the tournament begins.”
Platteville 72, Lancaster 62
(from Friday, Jan. 26 @ Platteville)
Lancaster 29 33 — 62
Platteville 35 37 — 72
Lancaster (9–8, 1–6) — Cole Kreul 11, Dawson Bowen 6, Evan Gates 5, Austin Mumm 19, Evan Straka 2, Jordan Reuter 11, Jalen Schmitz 8. Totals — 24-45 6-9 6.
Platteville (13–4, 6–1) — Andy Eggers 9, Donovan Blevins 16, Cade Rohrbach 14, Isaiah Oswald 14, Zach White 4, Connor Riley 8, Trey Bartels 7. Totals — 26-56 3-11 60.
3-point goals — L: 7 (Kreul 3, Gates 1, Mumm 1, Reuter 1), P: 8 (Eggers 3, Rohrbach 2, Oswald 3). Total fouls — L: 16, P: 14. Fouled out — L: Kreul.
Amherst 44 (OT)
(from Saturrday, Jan. 27 @ Just A Game Fieldhouse, Wisconsin Dells)
Amherst 21 21 2 — 44
Platteville 24 18 10 — 52
Amherst (10–5) — Carson Sneller 8, Marcus Glodoski 12, Jared Lea 1, Mason Wideman 20, Carter Zblewski 1. Totals — 17 10-20 44.
Platteville (14–4) — Andy Eggers 6, Donovan Blevins 23, Cade Rohrbach 3, Isaiah Oswald 8, Connor Riley 3, Trey Bartels 9. Totals — 18-34 12-16 52.
3-point goals — A: 0, P: 4 (Eggers 2, Blevins 1, Oswald 1). Total fouls — A: 20, P: 20. Fouled out — none.