Patriots in control in 60-41 win over Elcho boys

PEMBINE, Wis. – Goodman-Pembine, playing its “most complete game of the season,” downed Elcho 60-41 in Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball Tuesday.

The Patriots held 9-6 and 18-16 leads in the first two quarters. They opened up a 13-point margin after three periods.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our guys,” GP Coach Paul Whitt said. “Despite the slow start in the first quarter, as far as points go, we were still playing well and taking great shots. We played our best defense of the year and our shot selection was very good. We probably missed more layups and putbacks than three-pointers.

“The guys are trying to blame it on the new rims we had installed last week, but I’m not buying it.”

GP’s Austin Glanzer tallied 20 points and seven rebounds; Trent Heath, 19 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals, and Alex Whitt, 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

“Trent had his most complete game in the four years I’ve been watching him and two years coaching him,” Whitt said. “When he plays like that, he’s tough to defend and makes our offense tough to defend. He made some great passes, and was the engine for us tonight.

“Austin was the greatest beneficiary of it. He worked hard down low as Elcho has some pretty big guys, and was very effective on both ends. Alex had another complete game without a ton of shots. Again, it’s really good to have multiple scorers that can create their own show when needed.”

The Patriots posted 15 assists on 26 made field goals.

“That’s the assist-to-field goal ratio neighborhood we want to live in,” Whitt said. “You can win a lot of ballgames sharing the basketball like that.”

The Hornets (2-4 overall, 2-2 NLC) shot 38 percent from the floor.

“Our defense was very good and effective for most of the night,” Whitt said. “We’re doing some new things and had a couple of breakdowns, but overall it was tremendous.

“Don’t get me wrong, they have the best pure shooter and leading scorer in the conference in Jaeger Adams, and he had an uncharacteristically bad shooting night (11 points). I’d like to think we had a little to do with it, but I told him afterwards I’m not looking forward to the return trip.”

Elcho, a “solid team,” lost to NLC defending champ Crandon by two points.

“The first four minutes of the third quarter was the key,” Whitt said. “We really wanted to push to get the five-point halftime lead to double figures, and we were able to extend it to 11 during that span.

“After that we swapped baskets a lot but to start the fourth quarter up by 13 was huge. We were also able to rest some guys in the fourth quarter which is good because some of our guys are banged up.”

Patriots (5-1 overall, 4-0 NLC) visits Laona-Wabeno on Friday night.

“This was a complete team win as everyone on our roster did something to contribute to the victory,” Whitt said. “As always, we’re excited but not satisfied.

“We also want to acknowledge the tremendous turnout of our community to pack the gym. They really gave us a home court advantage. I’m really thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to coach these boys.”

Goodman-Pembine dropped the jayvee game by three points.

Elcho 6 16 10 9 – 41

Goodman-Pembine 9 18 18 15 – 60

ELCHO: Brendemuehl 2, Adams 11, Novak 2, Roberts 5, Olson 10, Rustick 9, Muelver 2. FT: 3-5. F: 8.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Glanzer 20, Garrelts 4, Heath 19, Bose 3, Whitt 10, Lucena 2, Buchner 2. FT: 5-10. F: 11.

3-point FG: Adams 2, Heath 2, Whitt. FG shooting: GP 26-56, Elcho 18-47. Rebounding: GP 31 (Whitt 10, Glanzer 7), Elcho 24 (Olson 11).