After a thrilling first half, Whitefish Bay was able to pull away from Racine Case in the second half and pull out a 76-71 victory in the WBY Shootout at Concordia University.
Racine Case struggled with Whitefish Bay's zone and full court press in the first few minutes, but eventually figured it out and closed to within a single point, 19-18, at the end of the first quarter with a big dunk from junior Desmond King.
The second quarter featured Racine Case once again falling behind and then catching up with Malik House hitting some big threes, including a buzzer beater to tie the game 37-37 at halftime.
Midway through the third quarter, Whitefish Bay started forcing turnovers and opened up a ten point lead to close the third quarter on a deep three from Joe Sherburne.
Whiefish Bay was able to maintain their lead and even stretch it out to 13 points at one point, but a few turnovers and some indecision regarding taking points or wasting time allowed Racine Case to draw within just four points with 25 seconds remaining. Ultimately though, Case was unable to complete the comeback and fell to Whitefish Bay.
In the early going, Racine Case struggled with Whitefish Bay’s zone and full court press, but after a few early turnovers, they did a much better job of taking care of the ball.
Desmond King brought the crowd to their feet to end the first quarter with a big time dunk that brought Racine Case within a single point.
Joe Sherburne has serious range. He was three for three from the three point line in the first half, including two threes from a few feet behind the line. His three near the end of the third quarter was also well behind the line.
Whitefish Bay is LONG. All of their guards and wings are 6’2” or taller which makes their zone especially difficult for offenses.
I talked about Malik House and his ability to finish at the basket yesterday, but he was on fire from the three point line in the first half. He hit three long-range jumpers with the third coming right before the first half buzzer and really kept Racine Case in the game in the first half.
Whitefish Bay will be losing a few seniors, but their backcourt will be fine next season with 6’2” junior Miles Sigh and 6’3” junior Isaiah Johnson. Both Sigh and Johnson showed great ability getting to the rim and finishing in traffic today.
Racine Case lost two tough games in this event, but I would have to assume Coach Steve Jaskulske will look at the weekend as a great learning opportunity for his team as they went up against two very good teams.
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