G-P burned at buzzer

PEMBINE, Wis. – Anthony Jazwiecki’s three-point field goal with less than a second remaining lifted Suring past Goodman-Pembine 51-50 in a WIAA Division 5 boys basketball regional semifinal Friday.

With GP leading 50-48 and 10 seconds left, Suring’s Tyler Fisher went up for a layup that was blocked out of bounds by Alex Whitt with .5 seconds left.

On the inbounds play, a wide-open Jazwiecki shot a three-pointer from the corner that circled the rim twice before dropping in.

“I want to congratulate Coach Keefe and his players for a great win in a fantastic ballgame,” said Patriots coach Paul Whitt. “That was what high school basketball is all about with the packed gym, deafening crowd, guys from both teams giving maximum effort, and good sportsmanship.

“That was such a clutch shot for Jazwiecki as well. Something he’ll remember forever. And so will we.”

Jazwiecki, who scored all 14 of his points in the second half, connected on four of seven three-point field goals in the game.

“We were the better team tonight for 31 minutes, 59 and a half seconds,” Whitt said. “But they were better when it counted. I have lots of regrets about the way I coached that last minute of the game, and told the boys that in the locker room. They deserved better.”

Trent Heath scored 21 points and Austin Glanzer added 15 for the Patriots, who held a 27-21 halftime lead. The Eagles narrowed the gap to 42-37 after three quarters.

“We still weren’t totally in rhythm on offense, and they had a lot to do with it,” Whitt said. “Their 1-3-1 is difficult to navigate at times, but we were hitting enough shots and getting enough stops to stay ahead.

“They put on a great run to start the second half, and we had to make some adjustments offensively, and things started clicking for us. But as soon as we got the offense going, they started hitting threes and we didn’t defend the arc very well.”

Rebounding was another factor.

“We gave up too many second chance points as well,” Whitt said. “Suring did a nice job on the offensive glass. Our guys were battling, but it seemed like every loose ball ended up in their hands for a put back. That got disheartening after a while.

“But we had the opportunity to win the game and that’s all you want this time of year. It just didn’t bounce our way in the end.”

Dillon Kempen paced Suring with 20 points.

The Eagles will travel to Wausaukee tonight for the regional final.

The Northern Lakes Conference champion Patriots finished with a 20-3 overall mark.

“In the end it was a magical season for us, and I’m thankful to get to coach these boys,” Whitt said. “I hurt for them. I’m especially thankful for our seniors Trent, Jake (Garrelts), Tyler (Buchner) and Jevan Lucena). I thought Trent was going to will us to the win, and Jake played such great defense all night. They really did all they could do.

“We just came up a half second short. But they’re still champions, and have made their mark on history in our little part of the woods.”

Whitt and the team appreciated over 400 fans packing the gym.

“Our small communities really rallied behind these guys this year, and made it memorable in lots of ways,” he said. “My family is thankful to God to live here, and hope to make a difference.”

Suring 14 7 16 14 – 51

Good-Pem 16 11 15 8 – 50

SURING: Christensen 1, Fisher 8, Jazwiecki 14, Runge 3, Kempen 20, VanBellinger 3, Horst 2. FT: 6-12. F: 20. Fouled out: Christensen.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Glanzer 15, Bruce 1, Garrelts 3, Heath 21, Bose 6, Whitt 4. FT: 10-19. F: 15.

3-pt: Heath 2. FGs: GP 19-38, Suring 19-54. Reb: GP 24 (Whitt and Glanzer 6 each), S 26 (Fisher 7).