The Rhinelander High School boys' basketball team used a big second half against Wisconsin Valley Conference opponent, Marshfield on Tuesday to earn a non-conference win. The Hodags used a 16-0 second half run to lift past the Tigers and would go on to win 64-61 for their eighth straight win this season.
It also marked the most competitive game for Rhinelander in six games. The last five games the Hodags' won by an average of 31.8 points per contest. And prior to that, the closest game was against Green Bay East on December 1st when RHS won 59-57.
Marshfield would lead by two points at halftime 33-31, but the Hodags outscored the Tigers 33-28 in the final 18 minutes. Although Marshfield would start strong in the second and came out firing with a 7-0 run, but RHS responded for 16 unanswered to take a 47-40 advantage with just over 10 minutes left in the contest.
Senior Reese Flores hit a pair of clutch free throws down the stretch with under two minutes left to play. And senior Owen White came up with a big steal and assist up to fellow senior Brad Quade to push the Hodags ahead 62-56.
But the Tigers would respond with five straight points including a pair of free throws from Seth Anderson and a triple from Reed Miller to pull Marshfield within one-point with only 20 seconds left. Quade was fouled and once again connected on both bonus free throws. Miller attempted a three to tie the game as time expired, but missed and RHS would win by three.
Anderson had the game-high of 31 points for Marshfield. While Miller finished with 16 points and Brant Bohman charted 10 points.
Leading Rhinelander was White, who recorded 28-points in the win. The standout senior also tallied his 979th career point, only 21 points shy of hitting 1,000 points.
Quade finished the night with 13 points and Junior Howard also had double-digit points with 11 on the night.
The Hodags will be back in action on Friday night when they host Tomahawk for a Great Northern Conference contest. Tip-off is set for 7:15PM at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium.