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Capitol-North boys hoops: Lakeside rallies past L-Cats in 2OT

January 17, 2018 GMT

LAKE MILLS — By hitting the boards, Lakeside Lutheran was able to complete a huge comeback Saturday afternoon at Lake Mills.

Behind huge double-doubles from juniors Cameron Paske and Jack Monis, the Warriors came away with a 69-60 double-overtime boys hoops thriller. Paske finished with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds while Monis added 19 points and 17 caroms in the crosstown Capitol-North clash.

“We pretty much dominated the boards, which we needed to do with our size advantage,” Lakeside coach Kirk DeNoyer said. “We hit on the inside and our guys got the ball in there.”

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Lakeside (10-2, 1-1 North) rallied from 13 down in the second half to force extra basketball and erased a four-point deficit in the first overtime. The L-Cats (8-4, 1-1) have let second-half leads slip away in all four of their losses and half of those were double-digit advantages.

“It’s a tough one for us to stomach,” Lake Mills coach Steve Hicklin said.

Lake Mills hit five of its first eight shots beyond the arc and took an early 9-2 edge. When senior Hayden Iverson hit a pair of 3-pointers and Ben Dunkleberger added another, all in the span of 61 seconds, the lead swelled to 20-9.

“It’s tough when they’re hitting their 3s,” DeNoyer said. “They’re tough to stop.”

Eight first-half turnovers also led to a 30-20 deficit at halftime for the visitors. It didn’t exactly improve when the L-Cats hit four of their first seven from deep in the second half to take their biggest lead.

“We were down 10 at halftime but they were shooting an incredibly high percentage,” DeNoyer said. “If we could chip away, they’ll feel the pressure of us catching up.”

What swung the game the other way was the foul situation. Iverson picked up two fouls in a span of 26 seconds and was hit with his fourth with 10:29 to play in regulation.

Iverson appeared to have a steal heading the other way and the call, made by an official from the other side of the court, left the Lake Mills bench fuming. L-Cat starters Adam Moen and J.T. Toepfer would pick up their third fouls in the next 65 seconds as the Warriors entered the bonus.

“Rebounds and fouls sort of went together,” Hicklin said. “We had so many guys in foul trouble.

“Hayden might not get a ton of rebounds but he gets a body on their bigs. He’s such a good leader for us.”

With the hosts depleted on the interior, Lakeside began methodically hammering its way back into the contest via the interior. Aiding the comeback bid were 3-pointers from Will DeNoyer and Brevin Jegerlehner in a span of 33 seconds.

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Lake Mills hit one field goal in a span of nearly seven minutes while being forced into a 3-2 zone defensively. Paske’s three-point play with 3:15 to go in regulation coincided with Iverson’s fifth foul.

“We thought we might need the zone and we defended pretty well out of it,” Hicklin said. “But they rebounded extremely well while we were in it.”

Monis tied it on a drive with 2:34 to play and the conclusion of the second half went back and forth. While the L-Cats hit only half of their eight free throws down the stretch, Paske’s putback with 8.7 seconds to go tied it at 55.

“We shoot 78 percent for the season at the line,” Hicklin said, as the L-Cats finished 8-for-16. “You miss a couple, you start to question yourself.”

Paske missed the potential go-ahead free throw and when Lakeside had possession after the miss, DeNoyer’s contested drive wouldn’t fall. The first overtime started with a free throw from Toepfer and a 3-pointer from Dunkleberger, who finished with 21 points.

DeNoyer hit a jumper from the right elbow and a pair of free throws with 47.6 seconds left to force another overtime. Lakeside would hit eight of 12 free throws while the L-Cats turned it over three times in the second overtime.

Size problems got even worse for the hosts when Moen fouled out on the first possession of the second overtime. DeNoyer had six of his 17 points in the extra sessions.

Lakeside hosts Poynette Tuesday. The L-Cats will entertain Luther Prep (6-1) the same night.

“It’s hard for us to determine when the green light turns yellow,” Hicklin said of playing with the lead. “We’ve got a lot of games to play yet. I love our team and the learning we’ve gone through.”

LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 69,

LAKE MILLS 60, 2OT

Lakeside 20 35 4 10 — 69

Lake Mills 30 25 4 1 — 60

Lakeside Lutheran (fg-ft-tp) — DeNoyer 4-8-17, Kuepers 1-0-3, Jegerlehner 1-0-3, Olszewski 0-5-5, Monis 6-7-19, Paske 10-2-22. Totals 22 22-32 69.

Lake Mills (fg-ft-tp) — Dunkleberger 8-1-21, Moen 1-1-3, Toepfer 3-6-12, Iverson 3-0-9, Bender 1-0-3, Johnson 4-0-12. Totals 20-8-16 60.

Three-point goals — LL, DeNoyer, Kuepers, Jegerlehner; LM, Dunkleberger 4, Iverson 3, Bender, Johnson 4.

Total fouls — LL 17, LM 26.

Fouled out — LL, Kuepers; LM, Moen, Toepfer, Iverson.

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