PEMBINE, Wis. - Goodman-Pembine bounced back from its season-opening loss, rolling 16-5 in the third quarter to down Niagara 62-49 in non-conference boys basketball.
The Patriots bowed to Wausaukee last week.
"I'm thankful for the win and proud of the guys," GP Coach Paul Whitt said. "Time never goes slower than the days after a loss waiting for the next game. The boys practiced really well the past few days and it showed how we started."
The Patriots jumped out to a 16-4 lead.
"Trent (Heath) was unbelievable early on, hitting all kinds of shots," Whitt said. "But Niagara was too good to go away and they answered with a run of their own.
"We also fell in love with the three, and that will come back to haunt you after a while. But we kept doing some nice things, getting transition buckets, and finished the half well."
The Patriots held a 30-26 halftime lead.
"I challenged the guys about the first four minutes of the third quarter and they responded," Whitt said. "Austin (Glanzer) did a phenomenal job inside on the glass and making shots. Alex (Whitt) didn't have his shot but contributed in lots of ways, and I thought Jake (Garrelts) and Randall (Bose) provided energy at both ends of the floor."
Joey Swanson paced Niagara with 24 points. Adam Parent chipped in 13.
"Coach (Jim) Hoogland does such a good job with those guys," coach Whitt said. "I know they were without a very good player (in Zach Walker, injured) tonight but you wouldn't know it. His guys answered the call and gave a great effort.
"And if there is any doubt who the best all-around athlete in northeast Wisconsin is, then people need to get a Niagara schedule and watch Joey Swanson play. I'm so impressed at how well he does so many things. I get caught watching him play when he's on the floor."
Glanzer led the Patriots with 18 points, followed by Heath, 15, and Alex Whitt, 13 and 12 rebounds.
"I'm very thankful for the great crowd and community support of Goodman, Pembine and Niagara at the game," coach Whitt said. "We're all blessed to live in this area."
Niagara defeated Goodman-Pembine in the junior varsity game.
Goodman-Pembine begins Northern Lakes Conference play Tuesday, taking on Florence at Pembine. Niagara hosts Peshtigo in its M&O Conference opener Tuesday.
Niagara 12 14 5 18 - 49
Good-Pem. 16 14 16 16 - 62
NIAGARA: Swanson 24, Moreau 4, Pultz 3, Coppens 1, Parent 13, Oratch 2, Holcomb 2. FT: 9-15. F: 15.
GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Glanzer 18, Kryzwicki 4, Garrelts 4, Heath 15, Bose 6, Whitt 13, Buchner 2. FT: 8-14. F: 12.
FG shooting: Goodman-Pembine 25-49. Niagara 18-47. 3-point FG: Swanson, Pultz, Parent 2, Glanzer, Heath 2, Whitt. Rebounding: Goodman-Pembine 34 (Whitt 12, Glanzer 8), Niagara 18 (Parent 7, Moreau 6).