Sunday, December 8, 2013

Crusaders dim the Northstars on the court

Article from Saturday's Waukesha Freeman -
Photos from Jeff Zmania -
Crusaders capture first victory
Late run provides spark for CMH
CMH 60
Waukesha North 48
By Christine Hibbs,
Freeman Correspondent
WAUKESHA – The Crusaders needed a pick-me-up.

Starting the season 0-4, the Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team got it Friday night.

CMH used a 7-0 scoring spurt in the final period to take control and take a 60-48 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha North.

The Crusaders improved to 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference,
while Waukesha North is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

“We did a great job of getting stops on defense and rebounding the ball. And then on offense we concentrated on getting good looks and not turning the ball over, and that’s what really got us the win at the end,” senior Jake Shomin said. “In the past few years it’s always been close against North, so we always want to win. They’re a very good team, and we respect each other.”

With four ties and the biggest margin in the first three quarters being
five points, the teams stayed neckand- neck until midway through the fourth quarter.

After North junior Kyle Petersen drained a 3-pointer to inch his team back within four at 48-44, CMH scored seven unanswered points for a 55-45 lead.

“The difference in this game was the defensive effort that we gave,” CMH coach Dean Bellanti said. “We did a nice job in the post defense. They missed a few shots off of the perimeter, but we were able to not allow second-chance opportunities. That was a key. We just got into a nice little rhythm, and our confidence continued to grow.”

The 7-0 run started with CMH senior Chandler North hitting a free throw in the bonus situation. After CMH senior Ayinde Starling earned a block on the defensive end, Shomin, who led all scorers with 16 points, took it to the hoop on the other end for a 51-44 lead.

“It’s your first conference game. People are trying to figure out who they are as a team and so forth,” Bellanti said. “Waukesha North wanted this game, and we wanted this game. It was two teams that were battling for it. Going into the fourth quarter, it was anybody’s game.”

After Shomin’s layup, the Northstars failed to convert and CMH took the opportunity to stretch the lead with Shomin finding junior Mike Schmidt on the inside.

“We were a little stagnant on offense, but we gave them too many easy looks,” North coach Greg Polkowski said. “In that 7-0 run, I
can picture two layups on the left side. We just gave up too many easy baskets.”

After a North timeout, CMH was still able to penetrate, this time Starling going in for a layup to close out the 7-0 CMH scoring run.

Starling had 12 points and six rebounds.

“We played so much better as a team, passing the ball,” Shomin said. “Our big center (6-foot-4) Mike Schmidt did a great job on (6-foot-6 senior) Cory
Michaelis. He’s one of the top guys in our conference, and we held him to a lower scoring average than what he normally does.”

Michaelis had four points and eight rebounds, with sophomore teammate Adam Wieczorek leading North with 13 points.

“I’m pleased with the growth that we’ve made the past couple of weeks,” Bellanti said. “We’ve had four difficult games to start the season with, but we’ve been making progress.”

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