BY RON DEUTER
NIAGARA, Wis. - Alex Whitt scored 12 points and Brennan Pierquet added 11 to lead Goodman-Pembine past Niagara 53-43 in non-conference boys basketball Monday evening.
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Goodman-Pembine’s Brennan Pierquet goes in for two during the third quarter Monday at Niagara High School. Niagara’s Jordan Zawada (41) and Jacob Oratch defend on the play.
The Patriots, improving to 1-1, used a 14-5 advantage in the third quarter to turn a one-point halftime lead into a double-digit cushion.
"We talked about really wanting to win the third quarter," Patriots coach Paul Whitt said. "I thought we were doing some really nice things, especially compared to the Wausaukee game (on Friday night), so I was encouraged to be up by one at half.
"Coming out of the half we talked about taking care of the basketball and defensive discipline."
The Patriots went with a zone defense in the third quarter to hold Niagara down.
"We were comfortable in the zone," Whitt said. "They were hitting some shots occasionally but it wasn't consistent."
Niagara was led by Jordan Zawada's 21 points.
"It was our inability to put the ball in the hole," Badgers coach Jim Hoogland said. "We had some good looks, our offense gave us some good shots. We just didn't put the ball in the hole."
Niagara hit a few buckets to open the fourth quarter, threatening to slice into the Patriots' lead, but a couple of threes by Whitt and an off-balance trey by Jacob Garrelts helped Goodman-Pembine maintain control.
"We hit some key threes," Whitt said. "Alex hit a couple that were clutch and when Jake hit that one from the corner, it was one of those no, no, no, good shot moments.
"I was really wanting to work some clock there."
Randall Bose and Cody Metras each added eight points for the Patriots, who held a 35-24 edge on the glass.
"A win is a good thing," Whitt said. "And against a good quality well-coached team in Niagara, we were very fortunate to come in here and get the win."
Zach Zychowski scored nine points for Niagara, which slipped to 1-2 with the loss.
"When you shoot the ball poorly and add a few turnovers, it makes it worse," Hoogland said. "We clean up our turnovers, shoot the ball with a little more confidence, we'll be OK. My guys are better shooters. They just need more confidence."
Niagara won the jayvee contest 38-20. The Badgers host Suring Friday night. Goodman-Pembine welcomes Crivitz in Pembine Thursday.
Goodman-Pem. 12 11 14 16 - 53
Niagara 11 11 5 16 - 43
GP: Whitt 12, Pierquet 11, Metras 8, Bose 8, Grebin 5, Heath 4, Garrelts 3, Gardner 2. FT: 7-14. F: 11.
N: Zawada 21, Zychowski 9, Swanson 6, Anderson 4, Liebergen 2, Pultz 1. FT: 3-8. F: 19. FO: Swanson.
FG shooting - GP: 20-40; N: 17-53. 3-pt FGs - GP: Whitt (4), Garretts, Grebin; N: Zychowski (3), Zawada (3). Rebounding - GP: 35 (Pierquet 9); N: 24 (Zawada 10).