Vikings crush Oconomowoc boys
The first quarter was a disaster for the Oconomowoc boys basketball team on Friday evening at Wisconsin Lutheran, and the uphill battle from there was too much for the Raccoons as the Vikings emerged with a 75-39.
Wisco took a 24-3 lead after the first quarter.
The Vikings were already up 9-3 when the Oconomowoc collapse began. Lutheran’s Dez Cockroft scored two points off a steal, and Jamare Griffin did likewise on Oconomowoc’s following possession. Griffin then scored a 3-point basket after Keith Franklin intercepted a pass, and Franklin then subsequently scored a 2-point basket off another intercepted pass, the fourth consecutive turnover by the Raccoons leading to points for the Vikings. It seemed difficult for the Raccoons to even get out of their own half of the court, and by the end of the first quarter, the Vikings had scored 15 points off of turnovers.
“Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” said OHS coach Kurt Melton. “When we keep giving the ball to a team like that, easy possessions, easy baskets, everything was going their way and it just started early.”
In the second quarter, Cooney's Tyler Enright sank two free throws before TJ Schlundt scored from beyond the arc, and Enright added four more points in the quarter as the Raccoons were only outscored, 15-11.
“We went into that zone and slowed the game down a little bit,” said Melton. “The idea was to slow it down and do some different things defensively. It was good, but it’s hard to come back when you go down by 20 in the first quarter.”
Despite the adjustments and the improved second quarter, the Vikings’ tenacity proved too much in the second half. They they figured out Oconomowoc’s zone and started to score in extended streaks of momentum yet again. Another concern for the Raccoons will be their poor form from the free-throw line, as they made just 16 out of 29 attempts, just barely over 50 percent.
“We have to keep working and get ready for the next game," Melton said. "These guys are fighters and we had a bad game and it’s going to drive them.”
The Raccoons are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference. Oconomowoc’s next conference match is on Thursday at home against West Bend West.
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