Boys basketball: Badgers beat Tigerton

Niagara's Ben Oratch, center, grabs a rebound against Tigerton on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Niagara, Wis. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara overcame poor shooting in the first half to beat Tigerton 73-54 in a non-conference game on Thursday.

The Badgers (5-3, 1-3 M&O Conference) missed shots ranging from layups to long-range. As a result, Niagara held a slim 32-28 lead against the winless Tigers.

Niagara went on a run going into halftime, breaking a 19-all tie to a 27-21 lead. A fullcourt press helped lead to turnovers and easy buckets in the final three minutes of the first half.

Niagara’s fullcourt continued to cause fits in the second half, helping the offense erupt with 41 points in the second half.

“The game was very close until we went to some fullcourt man pressure,” Niagara head coach Jim Hoogland said. “That sped the game up and our athletic ability really shone through. Tigerton wanted to play at a much slower pace and we would not let them.”

Alex Hagerty scored a game-high 26 points for the Badgers. His brother Austin had 25 points.

Alex had 10 of Niagara’s 46 rebounds.

Niagara JV won 33-27.

Niagara hosts Crivitz today.

Tigerton 28 26 — 54

Niagara 32 41 — 73

TIGERTON (54): Harris 12, Michaelis 26, Hidde 3, Parrott 5, Ferg 6, Jobe 2. FT: 15-20. F: 10. 3PT: Harris, Michaelis 4, Hidde, Parrott. FG: 16-59. Rebounds: 35.

NIAGARA (73): Oratch 2, Kaldor 4, Alex Hagerty 26. Austin Hagerty 25, Antonissen 6, Tripp 2, DeJardin 3, Hansen 3, Prideaux 2. FT: 5-10. F: 19 (DeJardin fouled out). 3PT: Austin Hagerty 3, DeJardin. FG: 32-72. Rebounds: 46 (Alex Hagerty 10).