The Rhinelander High School boys' basketball team improved to 4-6 in the Great Northern Conference after defeating Lakeland 64-44 on Tuesday night. The Hodags defense kept the Thunderbirds in check in Minocqua and held their top scorers under their season average. RHS also had three players in double-digit points, led by junior Quinn Lamers but had a number of other players step up offensively.
Rhinelander fell behind 8-9 early in the contest but responded with a 6-0 run sparked by sophomore Jacksen Smith. Senior Peyton Erikson hit a jumper and Smith had a steal and transition layup and knocked down a pair of free throws to put RHS up 14-9.
From there the game was back and forth until the Hodags went on a 14-3 run to close the half, which included seven unanswered points. Junior Jackson Labs started the rally with a triple and was followed by back-to-back offensive rebounds and putbacks by junior Ross Skeen. Lamers had a steal and transition layup followed by a drive to the rim. And with just four seconds left in the first-half Smith found Labs in the corner for a triple to put RHS ahead 28-20 at the break.
In the second half, Rhinelander kept their decent and began to add to their lead from there. The Hodags went ahead 52-36 after a three-point play from senior Drake Martin, a Labs triple, a drive and free throw from Smith, and a jumper from Skeen. The Thunderbirds also went an extended period without a field goal midway through the final half.
Lakeland’s Nolan St. Germaine hit a pair of free throws with about 5 1/2 minutes left to bring Lakeland within14 at 54-40. But the Hodags responded with nine unanswered points which was highlighted by a tradition three point play by Lamers with 2:08 left in the contest. From there Rhinelander went on to earn the 20-point victory.
Lamers had the game-high of 17-points to lead the way and Erikson and Skeen each added 11-points. Labs finished with eight points and Smith and Martin each charted seven. St. Germaine, Alex Fortier, and Michael Ouimette all finished with 11-points for Lakeland. And the Thunderbirds committed 22 turnovers on the night.
Overall Rhinelander is now 6-11 and 4-6 in the GNC as they make their final push before the regional seeding meeting. The Hodags will face Antigo on Friday in the second game of the girls'/boys' doubleheader. RHS fell to the Robins 53-47 the last time they met. Tip-off is set for 7:45PM, right after the girls' game at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.
The RHS Boys Varsity Basketball team traveled to the Northland Pines gym on Friday, January 24th. The Hodags had audience members holding their breath as they played a tight game against the Eagles.
The boys played at full speed from the minute they hit the court until the final quarter countdown hit zero. Hodag junior Quinn Lamers lead the first half with an impressive 11 points scored. Following him was senior Drake Martin, with 9 points scored in the first half. Hodags trailed by 9 points at the end of the first half, Eagles 42 - Hodags 33.
Coming into the second half, Hodags turned up the pressure and quickly took the lead. There was an feeling of intensity among the stands, watching as both teams went neck and neck until the very last minute. In the final moments of the game, the teams stood tied at 72-72 with only 1:13 left in the game and the Eagles with the ball. Working down the clock, Northland Pines was able to get 2 points and left the Hodags with only 2.6 seconds left on the clock. The Hodags where able to get one more shot off but it was not meant to be, as the Eagles pull off the win at home.
The Hodag Boys showed great teamwork and dedication to come from behind and make it a close game.
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