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RHS rallies past Robins in overtime
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 01/18/2017
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The Rhinelander High School boys' basketball was able to get an important road win in overtime against Antigo on Tuesday night. The Hodags would hold on to earn a 68-61 Great Northern Conference win over the Robins at Sheldon Fieldhouse.

The last time the rivals met, Rhinelander was stunned in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinals, as the Robins stalled their way to a last second three-pointer from guard Matt Ardnt. This time the Hodgas wouldn't let that affect their play and battled to pull off the victory. 
 
Owen White would lead Rhinelander with 26 points, but was held to only two points in the first half; after missing his first seven shots from the field. With just over two minutes left in the first, White drove and scored inside to tie the game up at 23-23. White would rally for 24 points after the break and would add 16 rebounds as well.

But the Hodags were patient and continue to work for good shots and they started to fall. White connected on the first jumper in the second half. He would later rally for 12 straight individual points to put RHS up 41-40 with just over four minutes left in regulation. 

The Robins would capitalize on their chances down the stretch, as Ardnt hit back to back triples to get within four at 53-49. He would then hit a jumper from the right wing with about 23 seconds left to pull within three.

Rhinelander had two rare turnovers nearing the end of regulation, and Antigo would build on those to push back. With 8.6 seconds left Arndt was fouled on a triple and would ice all three attempts to the tie the game up. Reese Flores would get off a baseline shot, but missed the mark putting the game into overtime.

It wouldn't take Antigo long to score in overtime, as Arndt was fouled and connected on two free throws in just 15 seconds. The Robins would take the two-point lead, but Flores responded with a reverse layup to even the score.

But White couldn't be stopped and would connect on back to back scores to give the Hodags a four-point lead with just over a minute left. 

Drew Schwarz of the Robins would knock down a clutch triple with 1:09 left to pull Antigo with one. But Rhinelander kept their composure  and Junior Howard drained an elbow jump shot with just under 30 seconds left. 

Antigo was forced to foul to regain offensive possessions, and Brad Quade and White each hit both of their free throws to extend the lead and help RHS to a seven-point GNC win. 

Arndt would lead Antigo on the night with 20 points and Schwarz would add 16 as the Robins fell to 3-3 in the conference. Hunter Bolson also finished in double digits for Antigo, with 10.

After White, Howard had a solid night with 10 points and Flores finished with nine. Brad Comer also chipped in eight points in the win. The Hodags are now 2-1 in GNC play and 5-3 overall

Rhinelander will be back on the court on Friday night, as the Hodags host a doubleheader with the girls' and boys' varsity against Lakeland. Tip off for the girls' game is scheduled for 6:00PM at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium, with the boys' game to follow at 7:45PM.



Hodags fall to Raiders 64-62 in OT
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 01/09/2017
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After not competing since December 9th and having 17 days without practice due to pertussis, the Rhinelander High School boys' basketball team was back in action, but didn't get the ending they were quit looking for. The Hodags would fall 64-62 to Medford on Saturday afternoon in overtime at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.

At halftime, it was also a two-point game, but in favor of Rhinelander who went ahead 28-26. But that lead would quickly diminish as game-high scorer Cameron Wenzel hit back-to-back three-pointers to start the second half for the Raiders; the second a four-point play after a Hodag foul on the shot.

Medford with the early second half momentum would continue to add to their lead and would build a double-digit lead at 50-40 with about 10 minutes left in regulation. From there the Raiders never would trail. Wenzel led Medford with 21 points, as well as three other starters who scored double-digit for the Raiders as they advanced to 3-1 in the Great Northern Conference and 7-2 overall.

Matt Reinthaler would spark Rhinelander's offense with three consecutive three-pointers to pull the Hodags with three at 52-49 with six-and-a-half minutes remaining.

But after White and Osy Ekwueme exchanged scores, the Raiders would still hold a 58-54 lead with just over three-minutes left. White connected on a shot from the wing to bring the Hodags within one.

Wenzel was fouled and with the Hodags in bonus put him on the line, where he hit two free throws to put the Raiders up, but White with another big shot connected from the wing again to tie the game up at 60-60.

The Raiders would hold for the final shot in regulation, which Ekwueme had a jumper blocked from Reinthaler out of bounds with 1.4 seconds remaining. Medford went to Ekwueme again, this time a fade away jumpshot that was missed as the clock expired.

The Raiders would take the lead they would hold until the end of overtime with just over three minutes left in the extra minutes when Jake Sullivan scored inside the point. Wenzel would be fouled with 1:58 left and went 1-2 from the line to give Medford a three-point lead.

White and the Hodags responded back with a spin move and finish to the rim to cut the lead to a single point with about one-and-a-half minutes left. Rhinelander had a costly turnover off a Ekwueme steal, but he dribbled out of bounds which gave RHS a chance with 4.3 seconds left.

The Hodags found Brad Comer on the baseline for a three, who went up for what would have been the game-winning shot and hit the side of the backboard as overtime expired.

Looking at Rhinelander's offense on the night, you wouldn’t be able to tell they only had five days of practice after being off for over two weeks. The Hodags would record a season high of 13-triples in the loss and shot nearly 56% from the field.

But on the defensive end they allowed the Raiders to shoot nearly as well at 53% on the night which allowed Medford to score 64 points on the Hodags home court. Four Raiders finished in double digit scoring including Ekwueme who recorded a double-double in the win with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Garret Strebig finished with 13 and Sullivan added 11 for Medford.

Behind White, Comer finished the night with 12 points and Reinthaler added nine points-all beyond the arc.

Despite the conference loss, there are still plenty of opportunities for the Hodags to strive for another GNC title, but it will be battle after setback with 17 days without games or practices. Rhinelander will be on the road Tuesday against Mosinee, which will be another big test.
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11/22
7:15PM
CrandonW 51-41
11/25
8:00PM
Stevens PointL 54-46
12/02
7:30PM
Away vs. Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln L 54-43
12/06
8:00PM
AshlandW 43-35
12/09
7:15PM
Away vs. Northland Pines Cancelled
12/16
7:15PM
MosineeCancelled
12/20
7:15PM
Wausau EastCancelled
01/03
7:15PM
Away vs. TomahawkCancelled
01/07
7:15PM
Medford Area L 64-62 OT
01/10
7:15PM
Away vs. MosineePostponed
Rescheduled to 1-24-17
01/12
Bye
01/13
7:15PM
Away vs. MerrillW 55-47 OT
01/17
7:15PM
Away vs. Antigo W 68-61
01/20
7:45PM
Lakeland
01/26
7:15PM
Northland Pines
01/28
7:15PM
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01/31
7:15PM
Away vs. Mosinee
02/03
7:15PM
Tomahawk
02/07
7:30PM
Away vs. Wausau West
02/09
7:15PM
Away vs. Medford
02/11
3:00PM
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02/14
7:15PM
Marshfield
02/17
7:15PM
Antigo
02/23
7:15PM
Away vs. Lakeland
02/28
TBD
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Lakeland8-3
Medford7-2
Antigo6-3
Mosinee5-3
Tomahawk5-4
Northland Pines4-5
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