RHS: Boys Basketball
Hodags Tame Tigers
By Adam Matyska | Published: 02/05/2013
( Photo By Bob Mainhardt )
In what might have been their most complete game of the season, the Rhinelander High School boys’ basketball team came out strong, played tight defense, and never looked back as they defeated the Marshfield Tigers 58-47 on Tuesday night in non-conference action at the Jim Miazga Gymnasium in Rhinelander.
The Hodags (14-2, 7-1 Great Northern) jumped out to an early lead by scoring the first two buckets of the game and forcing two Marshfield (8-7, 6-4 Wisconsin Valley) turnovers. The pace would be set in the first quarter, as the Hodags led 12-6 after one.
Rhinelander head coach Derek Lemmens was pleased with his team’s good start.
“Right from the start, I feel we got off to a good rhythm offensively, got the inside touches, and that helped get us comfortable,” he said.
In the second quarter, two 3-pointers by Colton Volkmann helped lead the Hodags offense. Rhinelander poured in 18 in the frame against a Tiger team missing key contributor Matt Oestreich who was out with the flu.
Volkmann and Mitch Reinthaler paced Rhinelander with eight points each in the first half as the more physical Hodags took advantage of their size against the smaller Tigers. The Hodags led 30-18 at the break, a comfortable lead Lemmens said the Hodags did not want to jeopardize.
“At halftime, I told them don’t slow down, don’t get timid, and don’t get relaxed,” he said. “Just maintain composure, and keep pushing, keep pounding it inside, and keep defending.”
Marshfield tightened up its defense a bit in the third quarter and took advantage of some missed scoring opportunities by the Hodags. Each team managed 11 points in the period, making the score 41-29.
In the fourth, the Hodags kicked their offense back into high gear. Austin Bowman, Reinthaler and White did much of the heavy lifting as the Hodags scored 17 in the frame to put the game out of reach. Marshfield played tough until the end, getting some late shots to fall, but the Hodags held on comfortably.
Lemmens said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“This is the most complete game that I think I’ve seen us play (this season), in terms of just being consistent throughout the entire game,” he said. “There wasn’t one quarter where we really fell, or one quarter where we really surged. I think we played pretty solid the entire time. It’s a nice win for us. It makes the guys feel good to do this.”
“We again just need to just continue to improve on little things,” Lemmens added. “But that’s every game. We’re always trying to improve.”
Marshfield’s Lucas Zuiker was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points. Mitch Reinthaler led the Hodags with 15 points and impressed coach Lemmens with his effort.
“He did a good job sealing inside, and then finishing, especially with the contact. That was good,” Lemmens said.
Brett Mathews added 10 points for Rhinelander. Shane White had nine. Bowman and Volkmann both contributed eight.
The Hodags return home to Jim Miazga gymnasium on Tuesday, February 12 as they host the Lakeland Thunderbirds in game one of a boys/girls doubleheader, with the boys’ game slated for a 6:00pm tip-off. Both of those games will be carried live on hodagsports.com, with a 5:40 pregame.
Marshfield vs. Rhinelander
Tuesday, February 05
Marshfield 6 12 11 18 -47
Hodags 12 18 11 17 - 58
Marshfield (47): Lucas Zuiker 24, Isaac Accola 7, Luke Olson 7, Alex Strege 6, Jeff Allison 2, Caleb Alexander 1
Rhinelander (58): Mitch Reinthaler 15, Brett Mathews 10, Shane White 9, Austin Bowman 8, Colton Volkmann 8, Brad Kenote 4, Matt Bloch 2, Elijah Dean 2
3-pointers: Marshfield 4 (Zuiker, Zuiker, Accola, Zuiker). Rhinelander 2 (Volkmann, Volkmann).