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New Richmond, 54017
New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

After last week, the New Richmond boys basketball team can expect to see full-court pressure in every one of their games for the rest of this season.

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The Tigers suffered substantial losses to Hudson and Baldwin-Woodville last week and the inability to handle full-court pressure was like an open wound for the Tigers.

Last Tuesday the Tigers fell behind early against Hudson and lost 61-38. The pattern was the same Thursday, when the Tigers suffered a 58-36 loss at Baldwin.

Between the two games, the Tigers turned the ball over 47 times. With the Tigers trying to play patiently on offense, that leaves them precious few possessions where they get chances to score.

"We target 12 or less (turnovers) as our goal," said first-year Tiger coach John Elkin. "It's obvious we're not very effective trying to run and push the ball up."

Elkin said the main problem against the press isn't when the Tigers initially inbound the ball. It's when they try to hurry the ball upcourt after they've broken the first wave of the opponent's press.

That leads to situations like Thursday. The Tigers had a ton of turnovers in the first quarter, which led to B-W building a 21-4 lead. The game was relatively even the final three quarters, but the Tigers weren't gaining any ground.

Scott Meyer led the Tigers with 12 points at Baldwin. Jeff Engel contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

Hudson's athletes torch Tigers

The outstanding athleticism of the Hudson Raiders proved to be too much for the New Richmond boys basketball team last Tuesday.

The Raiders used full-court pressure and outstanding outside shooting to take a 23-8 first quarter lead. From there the lead never was severely threatened, with Hudson taking a 61-38 non-conference win.

New Richmond scored the first four points of the game, but Hudson followed with a 12-2 run to take charge of the game. Hudson got several quick hoops when the Tigers had problems getting the ball inbounds against the Raider press.

That led to Hudson's 23-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Engel led the Tigers with 10 points against Hudson. Lee Stovall had eight rebounds against the Raiders, but he was the only Tiger with more than three rebounds.

Elkin credited Garret Fletch with a strong defensive game against Hudson's leading scorer, Matt Miller. Fletch held Miller to nine points and led the Tigers with four steals.

This Friday the Tigers will continue their MBC schedule, with a game at Osceola. The Tigers will also hit the court next Tuesday in a non-conference home game against Barron.

Baldwin-Woodville 58, New Richmond 36

NEW RICHMOND (36)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Engel 4 0-3 8, Koop 0 0-0 0, Fletch 3 0-3 6, E.Anderson 1 0-0 2, Bethke 2 0-0 4, Brennan 0 0-0 0, Brinkman 0 0-0 0, Meyer 4 1-2 12, Peterson 1 0-0 3, Stovall 0 1-2 1, Steen 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 2-10 36.

BALDWIN-WOODVILLE (58)

Van Roekel 0 0-2 0, Larson 1 0-2 2, Nygaard 1 0-0 2, Helland 6 0-0 12, Borowicz 7 3-3 20, Gleason 2 0-2 4, Helland 2 0-0 4, Newton 5 0-0 10, Gleason 1 0-1 2, Gausman 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 3-10 58.

New Richmond 4 8 9 15 36

Baldwin-Woodville 21 7 12 18 58

Three-point goals -- Meyer 3, Peterson, Borowicz 3. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- New Richmond 13, Baldwin-Woodville 15.

Hudson 61, New Richmond 38

HUDSON (61)

(FG-FT-FTA-PTS)

Miller 3 0-0 9, Jasperson 1 1-2 3, Smith 2 0-0 4, Zuehl 2 0-0 4, Meyer 9 0-0 18, Page 1 0-0 2, Whitemarsh 0 0-2 0, O'Keefe 5 0-0 11, Langdon 4 2-4 10. Totals 27 3-8 61.

NEW RICHMOND (38)

Engel 5 0-1 10, Fletch 2 1-2 5, Bethke 2 2-2 6, Brennan 1 3-4 6, Brinkman 0 0-0 0, Meyer 1 1-2 3, S.Anderson 0 0-0 0, Peterson 0 0- 0, Stovall 2 3-5 7, Steen 0 1-4 1. Totals 13 11-20 38.

Hudson 23 14 16 10 61

New Richmond 8 14 5 11 38

Three-point goals -- Miller 3, O'Keefe, Brennan. Fouled out -- none. Total fouls -- Hudson 16, New Richmond 10.

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Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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