Wild Rose’s Travis Jansen attempts to drive past an Almond-Bancroft defender during the second half of the Central Wisconsin Conference-South home game on Jan. 12. The Eagles went on to defeat the Wildcats, 59-54.

Eagles too much for Wild Rose, 59-54

It was a competitive, fast-paced shoot-out between the Wild Rose and Almond-Bancroft boys basketball teams during the Blizzard in the Gym night on Jan. 12. Although both teams battled until the end, it would be the Eagles who would come out on top, heading home with the 59-54 Central Wisconsin Conference-South win.

“It was a great atmosphere, and I appreciate everyone who came out to support the team,” stated Wild Rose Head Coach Jim Komp. “Unfortunately, we came out a bit short. I love the kids’ effort. They made a couple more shots than we did, and hopefully we can get that corrected when we play them again.”

There was a lot of back and forth action where the lead was concerned in the first half of play. The Eagles received the opening tipoff, but it was Alec VandeCastle putting Wild Rose on the board first with a basket. Almond-Bancroft would soon tie it up, however, VandeCastle put the hosts up again 5-2 with a 3-pointer. But, Derek Baumgartner tied the score with a 3-pointer of his own for the Eagles. The score went on to be tied five more times in the half.

The hosts found themselves trailing five times in the half from 1 to 7 points, but clawed their way back. Steals aided the Eagles as well, but when halftime arrived they trailed the Wildcats 32-30.

VandeCastle’s 16 total first half points, included another 3-pointer, as Caleb Williams added 14 points based on two 3-pointers to keep the hosts in the game.

Almond-Bancroft’s Noah Kollock led the visitors in the first half with 11 points, including 4 of 5 free throws and a 3-pointer, followed by Zach Bunders with 6 points, 2 of 2 free throws, Baumgartner, 2 points, and Jackson Beggs, 4 points.

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