Niagara boys thump Crivitz

CRIVITZ, Wis. – Niagara, playing “consummate team basketball,” slammed Crivitz 59-27 in M&O Conference boys action Tuesday.

Niagara, on the strength of a 22-2 third quarter, defeated Crivitz 65-34 in early December. The Badgers rolled 19-2 in the first quarter Tuesday.

“I expected this to be a five or six-point game,” said Badgers coach Jim Hoogland, who didn’t expect another big-quarter romp. “Crivitz is fourth in our conference.

“We cranked up the team defense for steals and lay-ups. We played great team ball all the way around. You can tell by the balanced scoring and defense. We communicated well.”

Badgers’ Jordan Zawada scored six of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter. Zach Walker chipped in 13; Joey Swanson, 11, and Colin Anderson, nine.

The Badgers (11-5 overall, 8-3 M&O), third in the league, travel to second-place Suring on Thursday.

Crivitz edged Niagara 36-32 in the junior varsity game.

Niagara 19 6 18 16 – 59

Crivitz 2 7 8 10 – 27

NIAGARA: Walker 13, Swanson 11, Liebergen 3, Anderson 9, Pultz 1, Zychowski 4, Oratch 2, Zawada 16. FT: 12-16. F: 20. Fouled out: Anderson.

CRIVITZ: Wolf 2, Lange 6, Wiedemeier 1, Shearer 2, Basso 2, Fischer 14. FT: 7-14. F: 15.

3-point FG: Walker.