At halftime of the Olympian Conference basketball tilt between the host Wrightstown Tigers and Manitowoc Lutheran Lancers, the Tigers held a slim 21-19 lead, and the Lancers had a lot of confidence that they were going to be in a tight game.
The Tigers nipped that in the bud.
Going on a 12-0 run to start the second half, and holding the Lancers to just four points in the third quarter, the Tigers cruised to a 54-39 victory over the Lancers.
“We talked about their ball screen action; they ran some nice stuff there and it took us by surprise,” said Tiger head coach Cory Haese. “We weren’t all that prepared for it, but the kids adjusted pretty well. We did some switching work and footwork stuff and it worked out pretty well.”
The Lancers were able to frustrate the Tigers in that first half, and one Tiger decided to end his team’s frustration.
Doug Fabry had three straight baskets in the second quarter with the Tigers trailing 14-11 that changed the complexion of the game. The senior center’s third basket in the run gave the tigers a 17-14 lead, and while the Lancers did tie the game up twice before halftime, the never led again in the contest.
“It was a little bit of me wanting to take over and get us back into a good flow,” Fabry said. “But I had some good open looks and some nice passes from some guys. It wasn’t overly hard to score when you are getting some good passes that lead to wide open looks.”
Fabry finished with a huge night, 22 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.
“Doug is our big man in the middle and he had a lot of length tonight over everybody,” Haese said. “He did a nice job of finishing tonight. He took his time when he got in deep, made himself a little longer inside and was able to finish.”
Frustrated by the Lancers most of the first half, the halftime speech must have been a dozy. The Tigers came out of the break with a new energy and intensity on defense, and clamped down on the Lancers, holding them to just four points in the third quarter. Holding a 37-23 lead after third, the Tigers cruised to the victory.
Nathan Larson chipped in 14 points for the Tigers (2-1 Olympian Conference, 3-1 overall).
The Tigers travel to Mishicot on December 12th to take on the Indians in an Olympian Conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.