Spartans knocked out of MBC lead by Amery
Amery decisively took the lead in the Middle Border Conference boys basketball race last Thursday, delivering a 57-49 loss to Somerset.
This is Somerset's second straight MBC loss after being upset by Osceola.
Thursday's game wasn't as close as the final score might indicate. Amery was in control of the game from the start, with leads like 35-20 in the third quarter and 39-22 at the end of the quarter. The Warriors outscored the Spartans 20-10 in the first quarter. From then on, the Spartans were at Amery's mercy.
"If you give them a lead, they'll take it and beat you with it," said Somerset coach Eric Olson. "We were never able to get things going offensively. We played good defense, but we couldn't relax and get into our flow."
Amery played a hounding zone defense that stopped the Spartans from getting the ball into post players Mike Schachtner and Brett Schreiner. Amery also kept the Spartans off the offensive glass.
"Because of that, we were one-and-done on offense," Olson said.
Somerset started the game with a 5-0 lead, but Amery quickly charged back, led by the outside shooting of Nick Cramlet, who scored 10 points in the first quarter.
Over the rest of the game, the Spartans had trouble stopping Kyle Paulson, who finished with 18 points.
Schachtner led the Spartans with 13 points and John Anderson scored 12 points.
The Spartans did score 27 points in the fourth quarter, including five three-pointers, but they weren't able to mount a serious run at the Warriors.
Somerset tops Central
In a game that could prove quite important for the WIAA regional seedings, Somerset pulled out a 53-46 win at St. Croix Central last Tuesday.
This game was a showcase of two of the top players in the area, Schachtner for Somerset and Tyler Cody for Central. Schachtner scored 26 points and Cody led Central with 20 points.
"Michael played great," Olson said. In addition to his 26 points, Schachtner had a game-high 12 rebounds.
Cody also impressed the Spartans.
"Cody played a phenomenal game," Olson said. "That's a very good ball club. They're going to be very tough to meet in the playoffs."
Right now it appears Somerset and Central are battling for the second and third seeds in the regional, with Glenwood City having the inside track on getting the first seed.
This game was close until Somerset went on an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter to build the lead to 12 points.
Somerset's boys face two more tough assignments in the upcoming days. On Friday the Spartans will be playing at home. Next Tuesday the Spartans make the short trip to New Richmond.
Amery 57, Somerset 49
Raleigh 0 0-0 0, Wenzel 1 0-0 3, Webb 3 0-0 8, Plourde 0 0-0 0, Anderson 5 0-0 12, Lippman 0 0-0 0, Peterson 1 2-2 4, Klis 0 0-0 0, Schreiner 3 2-2 9, Schachtner 6 0-1 13. Totals 18 4-5 49.
Uzeirovic 1 0-0 2, Badman 1 5-12 7, Paulson 6 2-3 18, Luehman 3 4-8 11, Cramlet 4 2-2 12, Schiell 2 3-4 7. Totals 17 16-29 57.
Somerset 10 8 4 27 49
Amery 20 7 11 19 57
Three-point goals -- Wenzel, Webb 2, Anderson 2, Schreiner, Schachtner, Paulson 4, Luehman, Cramlet 2. Fouled out -- Webb, Schachtner. Total fouls -- Somerset 22, Amery 10.