The Ladysmith and Flambeau boy’s teams have had a little bit of bad luck when it comes to competing against each other after a football game this past fall was cancelled due to lightening and then last Monday’s game was cancelled due to ice. The weather was cooperative though on Thursday night as the two teams took the court in Tony.
Thursday’s game was a tail of two styles as the Falcons looked to up the tempo of the game while their counter parts, the Lumberjacks looked to slow things down and get high percentage shots.
The first half saw the Jacks jump out in front of the Falcons to what was one point, a double digit lead, but the Falcons crept their way back into the game on some big three point shots by Payton Wiemer as well as a buzzer beater three pointer before the half by Ethan Martin that gave the Falcons the 24-22 lead heading into the locker room.
For the Lumberjacks in the first half, it was Petyon Rogers leading the way with 11 points as Spencer Draghi had seven. Martin and Wiemer both had eight points in the half.
If the first half was any indication of what was to come, the packed Flambeau gym was in for a night as the two teams took the court for the start of the second half.
Anytime either team would make a run, it was returned with a run of their own as the night started to turn into an intense competition that saw the Jacks hustling on every procession to try and hold down the scoring attack of the Falcon’s Martin and Wiemer.
Martin did get an open look before the final buzzer to break the 51-51 tie, but it was sent into overtime as the two teams now had four more minutes to find Thursday’s winner.
At the end of regulations it was Rogers leading the way for the Jacks with 20 points as Draghi had 17 points and Dupee was at nine.
For the Falcons, it was Martin with 22 points and Wiemer with 15 as both teams headed into overtime.
In the first overtime, it was with 1:06 to play and the Falcons up 56-54, when the game took a turn in the Jacks favor as Martin drove to the lane and picked up his fifth foul on a charge that turned the game in the Jacks favor as they tied it up at 56-56 and almost won the game on a wide open look from Rogers that rattled off the rim to send the game into double overtime.
In the second overtime, it was the Spencer Draghi show as he score all ten Lumberjack points as he went on to finish with a career high 32 points as the Jacks picked up the victory 68-61 over the Falcons. “This game had to wait a few days after it was postponed on Monday, but nonetheless the game lived up to the all that a rivalry of schools five miles apart could muster. We talked all year about competing and finishing possessions on defense, which we are still working towards these goals. The boys should a lot of grit fighting back from as many as eleven points down in the second half to force overtime. The over times proved to be intensely competitive and the boys showed a lot of moxie to pull out the win over a very good Flambeau team. We had a number of boys who played the entire 44 minutes and the win was worth the wait,” stated Ladysmith head coach, Brian Rogers.
On Friday night the Jacks had a 24 hour turnaround as they hosted the Barron Bears in Ladysmith on a night that the fans sported blue to show their support for Jayme Closs and the Closs family. After a great start and halftime that saw over five hundred dollars donated to the Closs fund, the Jacks and Bears put on a great show, but it was Ladysmith falling at home to the Golden Bears 39-43. “The 24 hour turnaround is always a challenge, especially when we are only six deep on a consistent basis lately. Again, we found ourselves digging out of a second-half deficit that got us to even at 39-39 with just under two minutes to play. We were able to work on some things in our press when we fell behind and the boys again showed a ton of resiliency in never giving up. This week is going to be a challenging week for us with Bloomer (Tuesday), Phillips (Thursday), and Cumberland (Friday),” concluded coach Rogers.
The Jacks finally get a bit of a nice break from the road as they are home all week as they take on Phillips and Cumberland as coach Rogers mentioned in Heart O’ North Conference action.