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Florence shakes off rust for win at home

Florence’s Bryce Leffler (30) goes up to contest a shot by Wausaukee’s Layne Rowley (34) during Florence’s home win Tuesday night. (Dennis Mansfield/Daily News photo)

FLORENCE, Wis. — The Florence boys varsity basketball team might have been a tad rusty coming off a holiday break, according to Bobcats coach Bryan Bomberg, but they still dominated visiting Wausaukee for a 54-21 win Tuesday night.

The host Bobcats (2-0) held Wausaukee (0-2) to just 12 points in the first half and were even tougher in the second, allowing just nine points.

“I thought in the second half we did a nice job of separating and settled in a bit more,” Bomberg said. “We have to get better defensively and on the glass. I’m proud of our toughness and getting a win.”

William Kelley fueled the Bobcats’ attack with a team-high 19 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals and two blocked shots. Dominic DeMuri also hit double figures, chipping in 15 points, six rebounds and two steals in the home win.

Other contributors for Florence included Logan Schuls with eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist; and Blake Smith with six points, three rebounds and two steals.

BADGERS 57,

PATRIOTS 45

PEMBINE, Wis. — Niagara scored its first win of the 2022-23 season, rallying to beat host Goodman-Pembine 57-45 on Tuesday.

The Patriots (0-1) took a 28-25 lead into the locker room at halftime but couldn’t hold on for the win, as the visiting Badgers (1-1) outgunned Goodman-Pembine 32-17 after the break.

The Badgers got a game-high 19 points from Tommy Martin, with Aiden Colenso and Logan Weber adding 11 and 9 points, respectively.

The Patriots also had a pair of cagers in double digits, with Ryan Ehlert tallying 18 points and Lucas Barribeau hitting for 13 points.

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