GOODMAN, Wis. - Goodman-Pembine built a 34-15 halftime lead and held off Crandon 53-50 in a battle of Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball unbeatens Friday.
"This was a great win for our boys and our basketball program," Patriots coach Paul Whitt said. "There are lots of good teams in our conference, but Crandon is consistently the best team, and to get a win against them is huge.
"I know we didn't play as well in the second half as we wanted and expected, but that happens with lots of turnovers and missing about dozen layups."
Trent Heath's 25 points and Austin Glanzer's 17 with 11 rebounds led the Patriots. Alex Whitt tallied 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
"Trent got off to a great start and held it together for us when it got a little tight late," coach Whitt said. "Austin played a good game down inside, and Alex did a lot of the non-scoring things again to make us successful. I was proud of our work on the boards, limiting them to one shot most of the time."
Crandon closed the deficit to 13 points going into the final period.
"We knew even though we had a huge lead at half that Crandon wasn't going away," Whitt said. "They're the defending champs, have some of the best players in the conference and senior leadership. Plus I know Jim (coach VanZile) would have them fired up for the last 16 minutes.
"Even then, I think we actually tried too hard in the second half and that contributed to a lot of turnovers we don't normally make."
Kory Kincaid paced the Cardinals with 23 points (six triples).
"Kincaid banked that three-pointer at the buzzer to end the third quarter, and it sure seemed like they were destined to come back," Whitt said. "But our guys held together and got a hard-earned 'w.'"
The Patriots (9-1, 6-0) face White Lake in Goodman Monday.
"We still haven't played a complete game and the guys pointed that out after the game," Whitt said. "They also acknowledged we tried to do the spectacular and not the ordinary really well. That's an important principle for our team, and we'll get it fixed.
"But we'll certainly enjoy it for 24 hours, and then get ready for another conference game on Monday."
The coach also acknowledged both communities.
"They should be proud of the effort of the players, but also the great atmosphere tonight," Whitt said. "The packed gym with fans cheering on their team with mutual respect for their opponent is how it's supposed to be in prep athletics."
Crandon defeated Goodman-Pembine 39-28 in the jayvee game.
Crandon 9 6 14 21 - 50
Good-Pem 17 17 8 11 - 53
CRANDON: Novak 12, Weber 4, Kincaid 23, Dehart 11. FT: 8-12. F: 20. Fouled out: Novak.
GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Glanzer 17, Kryzwicki 2, Heath 25, Bose 2, Whitt 7. FT: 16-25. F: 15.
3-point FG: Heath 3, Kincaid 6. FG shooting: Crandon 18-61, GP 17-44. Rebounding: GP 37 (Whitt 12, Glanzer 11), Crandon 24 (Dehart 7).