Boys basketball: Florence sinks Patriots

GOODMAN, Wis. — Florence overcame a turnover-laden slow start to throttle Goodman-Pembine 84-44 in Northern Lakes Conference basketball Tuesday.

The Bobcats (8-3) received a monstrous night from Evan Beaster’s double-double with 28 points and 23 rebounds.

“It was a little bit of fatigue,” Florence head coach Bryan Bomberg said of the slow start. “We had a season-high at half of 10 turnovers and we ended the game with 15. We practiced Friday and then we were off Saturday, Sunday, Monday. It was ugly.

“We got out and we did what we traditionally do — we got quality looks at the basket. We attacked the rim. I think it started on the defensive side of things. Toby Wheeler got his hands in the passing lanes. Evan Beaster did a nice job for us inside as well.”

Goodman-Pembine (3-7) was led by Caleb Nelson’s nine points and Boone Larison’s eight.

Florence led 40-25 at halftime.

The Bobcats JV won in overtime.

Florence hosts Three Lakes on Friday and will also celebrate the 30-year anniversary of its state title.

Florence 40 44 — 84

Goodman-Pembine 25 19 — 44

FLORENCE (84): Beaster 28, Schuls 22, Wheeler 10, Hixon 7, Stoltz 6, Walstrom 4, Doda 3, Millan 2, Milan 2. FT: 7-16. F: 15. FG: 35-70. 3PT: 7-26. Rebounds: 49 (Beaster 23). Assists: 11 (Wheeler 3). Steals: 10 (Wheeler 5). Turnovers: 15.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE (44): Nelson 9, Larison 8, Wallschlaeger 6, Masusczak 6, Heath 5, Lewis 4, Metras 4, Kalkofen 2. FT: 7-18. 3PT: Heath 1. F: 14 (Masusczak fouled out).

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