Somerset boys hold off NR, ready for Amery
The Somerset boys basketball team had its hands full with a scrappy New Richmond team last Tuesday night.
The Spartans broke Tuesday's game open in the fourth quarter, beating New Richmond 49-33.
Somerset was led by junior Mike Schachtner, who scored 19 points. Seniors Adam Henzler and Mike Wishard each scored 10 points.
New Richmond's scoring was led by junior Tyler Brennan, who tallied eight points. Scott Meyer scored seven points and sophomore Kyle Steen scored six points.
New Richmond hounded the Spartans in the half-court, forcing the Spartan offense to spread out over the court. The Spartans struggled to get the ball into the interior in the first half, which resulted in the Spartans holding a 20-15 lead at halftime.
New Richmond might have had better ball movement in the half-court offense in the first half. The Tigers got three treys in the first half, two by Brennan and one from Meyer.
In the third quarter the Tigers got three quick hoops against Somerset's press. Two of those scores came on pretty feeds from Lee Stovall to Steen.
After those points the Spartans settled into a zone defense that took away New Richmond's outside shooting.
It wasn't until the fourth quarter that the Spartans were able to pull away from the Tigers. Down the stretch the Spartan reserves aggressively ran the court, including senior Jon Reyer scoring his first varsity points.
The Tigers threw a variety of defenses at the Spartans. Changing those defenses did cause some problems for the Spartans. When the Tigers were in a man defense, senior Jeff Engel matched up against Schachtner.
"Jeff is such a blue-collar guy," said Tiger coach John Elkin. "He works so hard, the effort is always there."
Somerset coach Eric Olson said facing that hustling New Richmond defense was a good test for them leading into Friday's matchup with undefeated Amery. He said the Tiger defense forced the Spartans to be patient on offense, and that some of the problems in the first half were from shots that were rushed.
Both coaches said one of the factors that worked in Somerset's favor was the play of Wishard.
"Wishard hurt us more than I expected. He's pretty strong in the low block," Elkin said.
Both coaches were pleased with how their teams performed in this game. Elkin said the defensive showing and the sharp reduction in turnovers were good signs for the Tigers. He said the big remaining issue for the Tigers is finding more ways to score on a consistent basis. The Tigers only turned the ball over eight times in the game.
Olson said he felt the Spartans played well in the defensive end of the court. He said rebounding, where the Spartans had a huge advantage, was vastly improved after the Spartans were outrebounded by St. Croix Central in their previous game.
The Spartans grabbed 39 rebounds in the game, led by 14 from Wishard. Henzler led the Spartans with five assists and John Anderson provided four assists.
New Richmond's rebounding was led by Engel and Steen with five each. Engel also led the team with four steals.
Somerset 49, New Richmond 33
Henzler 4 1-2 10, Raleigh 0 0-0 0, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Webb 1 0-0 2, Wishard 5 0-1 10, Reyer 1 0-0 2, Klis 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-2 0, Schreiner 2 0-0 4, Schachtner 6 6-8 19. Totals 20 7-13 49.
NEW RICHMOND (33)
Engel 1 1-2 3, Koop 0 0-0 0, Fletch 1 0-0 2, E.Anderson 0 0-0 0, Bethke 1 1-3 3, Brennan 3 0-0 8, Brinkman 0 2-6 2, S.Anderson 0 0-0 0, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Stovall 0 2-2 2, Steen 3 0-0 6. Totals 12 6-13 33.
Somerset 12 8 10 19 49
New Richmond 7 8 7 11 33
Three-point goals -- Henzler, Schachtner, Brennan 2, Meyer. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Somerset 17, New Richmond 13.