Saturday, February 5, 2011

PREP Boys Basketball Roundup

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH 54
Wauk. North 52

Bodden’s basket wins it
Game-winner gets plenty of attention
By Tom Badger Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – It certainly wasn’t your typical buzzer-beater.

It was more of a delayed buzzer-beater.

Either way, Andre Bodden’s basket at the end of the fourth quarter gave the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team a last-second 54-52 Classic 8 Conference over Waukesha North on Friday night.

It’s just that the celebration was delayed – temporarily.

With the game tied 52-52, Memorial set up for the game’s last shot in the final seconds. Memorial junior Ryan Taugher missed his 3-pointer, but senior Ryan Connell snared the rebound on the weak side and went straight up with a shot. After Connell’s try rolled off the rim, Bodden grabbed the rebound and went right back up and banked it in.

As the Crusaders celebrated the feat, the referees converged at midcourt and a lengthy discussion ensued. The trio approached the scorer’s table and talked with the clock operator before retreating back to midcourt to further discuss the matter.

About two minutes later, it was ruled that the basket counted.

“I saw it go in and the buzzer sounded,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “Then they sounded the whistle and they started conferring and I was wondering why. It looked clean to me. I didn’t know what the conference was about. Was the basket good? Was there time left on the clock? I didn’t understand where the confusion was. We wanted to know if the basket was good or were we going to overtime.”

North coach John Ricciardi noted that the clock went out twice during the game, once with two seconds left. Still, he saw something more frustrating just before the end.

“The first thing I saw was that we didn’t block out on the weak side,” Ricciardi said. “That’s what we talked about during the timeout – one shot, one shot. (Memorial) ended up getting three.”

Regarding the game-winner, Ricciardi said, “Was it early? Was it on time? Was it late? I don’t know. At that point, you just have to class up and hope they made the right call.”

Bodden wasn’t exactly sure, either.

“I was wondering if there was enough time at the end, but I was just happy it went in,” Bodden said. “I didn’t hear the buzzer or anything. We boxed out and made sure we got the rebound. Once we did, we just put it back up.”

Bodden’s basket put an end to a feisty North rally. Trailing 44-33 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Northstars rattled off the first nine points to cut the Crusaders’ lead to 44-42 with 5:50 remaining.

Four Memorial turnovers on its first four possessions sparked the North rally.

A 3-pointer by North junior Jake Ricciardi from the top of the key tied the game, 48-48, with 2:52 left to play. Following a Memorial miss, North junior Joe Wegner scored underneath to give the Northstars a 50-48 lead with 2:00 left.

Memorial junior Charlie Walsh tied it up at 50-50 with two free throws at the 1:52 mark. Connell came up with a steal and Memorial went ahead 52-50 as Bodden turned in a slick dropstep and lefthanded finish with 44 seconds to go.

Ricciardi, who scored 17 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, made two free throws with 22 second left, which tied the game 52-52.

Following a timeout, Memorial brought the ball up and Taugher started the wild sequence with his 3-pointer from the wing.

Memorial improved to 4-11 overall, 3-6 in conference play. Taugher led Memorial with 14 points, 12 coming in the first half when the Crusaders took a 28-22 lead. Senior Alex Broge added 13 points and Walsh chipped in with nine.

North slipped to 5-10 overall and 1-8 in the Classic 8.

Wegner added 12 points for North.
Photo credits -- top: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Catholic Memorial’s Ayinde Starling, left, and Andre Bodden surround Waukesha North’s Shaquille Brumfield after a rebound in the first quarter Friday at Memorial.

bottom: Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Waukesha North’s Jake Ricciardi looks to escape from Catholic Memorial’s Ryan Taugher as CMH’s Alex Broge comes from behind Friday at Memorial.

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