Goslings pull away, beat West
Watertown shared the ball so well down the stretch that boys basketball coach Travis Moulton was willing to overlook the team’s first half struggles.
“Frustrating first half with 13 turnovers,” Moulton said.
“I wish we would have shared the ball more the whole game. We did a bad job working ball fakes against a 2-2 zone. If teams get this film, which they will … maybe we will see more of that, which is fine. We put some basic movements against it in last night, but we didn’t do enough of it.”
Despite the first half miscues, Watertown looked sharp against former Wisconsin Little Ten rival West Bend West in the final 11 minutes, breaking open a one-point game to win 51-38.
Watertown (3-1) had eight assists in the second half and hit eight 3-pointers for the game. Senior guard Kory Stas scored 16 of his game-high 18 points after halftime.
With the Goslings leading 26-25, Stas scored eight unanswered points with a jumper and two 3s. Junior forward Derek Rowedder had the assist on one of the triples, then knocked down a 3 of his own in the corner off a dish from senior forward Noah Jeseritz to push Watertown’s lead to 37-25 with 7:51 remaining.
Rowedder hit three 3s to finish with nine points.
“We hit some big shots off of assists,” Moulton said. “Our biggest spark plug was Rowedder. He was barely getting any minutes and hit three huge 3s. We put him in a really tough position and he did a really fantastic job.”
West Bend West (0-3) got looks in the second half, but shot just 5-of-20 in the lane over the final 18 minutes. The Spartans never got closer than seven in the final minutes.
Senior guard Alec Lauersdorf hit his only 3 to push the lead back to 10. The Goslings iced the game by breaking the press, with Stas scoring three times. Junior guard Payton Foltz had one of the assists while senior guard Clayton Haase had the other two.
Senior forward Cody Diermeier scored 12 points to lead West Bend West, including the team’s only 3 of the game in the final minute.
“If keep teams under 40 points, we’ll win a lot of games,” Moulton said. “We needed this bounce back game (after a 71-46 loss at Monona Grove last week). We’ll face a really good Stoughton team now. That will be a different battle.”
The Goslings host Stoughton on Friday.
JV falls, JV2 wins: Watertown’s junior varsity lost 44-35. Evan Sellnow led the Goslings with 10 points. Watertown’s JV2 teams won 51-43. Jacob Tietz scored 18 points and Andrew David added 12 to pace the Goslings.
WEST BEND WEST 38
West Bend West 15 23 — 38
Watertown 17 34 — 51
West Bend West (fg-ft-tp) — Timm 2-2-6, Wallace 1-0-2, Tennies 3-0-6, Weber 1-0-2, Rivera 0-1-1, Rupnow 3-3-9, Diermeier 4-3-12. Totals 14 9-12 38.
Watertown (fg-ft-tp) — Jeseritz 3-2-8, Foltz 0-2-2, Nailing 1-0-3, Stas 8-0-18, Gifford 1-0-3, Rowedder 3-0-9, Stramara 1-0-3, Lauersdorf 1-0-3, Kuckkan 1-0-2. Totals 19 4-8 51.
Three-point goals — WB, Diermeier; W, Nailing, Stas 2, Gifford, Rowedder 3, Stramara, Lauersdorf
Total fouls — WB 10, W 13