Tenth-ranked Hawks fall to Ashwaubenon

Josh Buettner was held to just 13 points in the Hawks' 51-40 upset loss to Ashwaubenon.

By Michael Ray

Leader Sports Editor

ASHWAUBENON The tenth-ranked Shawano boys basketball team found out Friday night that speed can be better than size in their 51-40 loss to Bay Conference foe Ashwaubenon. The much taller Hawks were outscored 11-2 in the third period which proved to be the difference.

The very quick Jaguars used their speed on defense to extend their winning streak to six games and mostly likely knocked the Hawks out of the rankings.

Ashwaubenon opened the game outscoring the Hawks 13-12 in the first period, but Shawano battled back to take a 24-22 lead at the half. Shawano's Eric Miller had a big first half scoring all 13 of his points in the half to lead the Hawks.

The Jaguars came out ready to play in the third period holding the Hawks to just two points in the period. The Jaguars used their quickness to get to loose balls and rebounds negating the height advantage the Hawks brought to the game.

Down by seven heading into the final period Shawano put together a comeback effort that got them to within one with 4:20 left to play. The Hawks went on an 8-2 run thanks to a five-point play. Josh Buettner nailed two technical foul free throws and Philip Lubinski hit a three pointer to get the Hawks to within one at 35-34. Buettner finished the game with 13 points to lead the Hawks. He also made two three pointers in the game.

Ashwaubenon would regain control of the game going on a 6-0 run that saw the Hawks fall behind 41-34 with 2:38 left to play. The Hawks added only two more three pointers the rest of the game as Ashwaubenon closed out the game on a 10-6 run to pull off the upset.

"Ashwaubenon applies excellent pressure on the ball, and if you're not able to withstand it, they force turnovers and they force missed opportunities," said Hawks Head Coach Chas Pronschinske. "We turned it over at crucial times and didn't get the stops when we needed to."

The Hawks (9-3, 6-2) will look to rebound from their loss when they travel play New London on Jan. 25. They are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the conference with Bay Port and Ashwaubenon.

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