LAKE MILLS — With leading scorer Will DeNoyer contained on the perimeter, the Lakeside Lutheran boys basketball team looked inside and found big results Tuesday night.
Post player Cam Paske, a 6-foot-6 junior, scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and 6-4 junior post Jack Monis provided eight points and nine rebounds during the host Warriors’ 49-37 Capitol North Conference victory over Lodi.
“They really hug the guards,” Paske said about the Blue Devils’ defense. “They sat behind us, so we kept posting up and kept swinging the ball and (our teammates) got the ball into us. That was the game plan, high-low, inside-out. It was good.”
Senior wing Cade Olszewski contributed 13 points for Lakeside Lutheran (14-2 overall, 5-1 Capitol North), ranked eighth in Division 3 in The Associated Press poll. The Warriors pulled into a tie for the league lead with the Blue Devils (9-5, 5-1) and avenged a 60-57 loss in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 5 in Lodi. Lakeside Lutheran held Lodi to a season low in points.
“I thought their bigs were a huge factor in the game, obviously,” Lodi coach Mitch Hauser said. “They got the ball in the paint and they finished inside. They forced us into some tough shots. We took a lot of 3s tonight. We had a difficult time getting post touches and I credit Lakeside.
“They are a very good team. They made it difficult for us. I think the difference was in the paint. They won the paint tonight.”
Warriors coach Kirk DeNoyer said the Blue Devils scored inside more effectively in the first meeting.
“We got beat up in the paint pretty bad last time,” DeNoyer said. “That was a big emphasis for us. I think we defended it much better and forced them to take a lot more 3s.”
On offense, Paske and Monis dominated the low block and sometimes formed a high-low combination that permitted Paske to hit two 3-pointers and feed Monis in the post.
“They have been playing really well for us all year,” DeNoyer said. “Paske has improved tremendously offensively. Jack has always been solid. It’s been a big lift for us. On a night where our leading scorer, Will, wasn’t on, that’s what I feel best about — we can have someone else step up.”
Senior guard Canyon Bacon and senior guard Carter Breunig scored 11 and nine points, respectively, for Lodi, receiving honorable mention recognition in Division 3 in the AP poll. Top scorer Jackson Kolinski was held to eight points.
The Warriors used an 18-4 run over a 10-minute, 24-second span to take a 23-10 first-half lead. Paske sank a 3-pointer from out front and scored a basket in transition, closing out the flurry. The Blue Devils scored the final eight points of the first half, closing within 23-18 at halftime, and outscored the Warriors 9-4 in the first 6 minutes of the second half, tying the game at 27.
But Paske converted a hook shot and sank another 3-pointer from out front, starting a decisive 12-0 run.
Junior wing Will DeNoyer, the coach’s nephew who finished with eight points, scored inside off an inbounds pass before Olszewski added an inside basket and a 3-pointer.
“(Paske is) a problem for everybody in our league,” Hauser said. “Both those bigs. They play really well together — a little high-low game. If you are not closed out on Paske, he can shoot the 3. He’s a versatile big man, and I thought he, obviously, played well tonight.”
The Warriors have won six consecutive games since losing at Lodi, when the 6-5 Kolinski scored a game-high 19 points, including the winning 3-pointer just before the buzzer.
Lodi 18 19 — 37
Lakeside Lutheran 23 26 — 49
LODI — Bacon 5 1-2 11, Kolinski 4 0-0 8, Scola 2 0-0 4, Breunig 3 2-2 9, Furniss 1 0-0 3, Persike 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 3-4 37.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN — DeNoyer 2 4-4 8, Monis 4 0-2 8, Paske 7 0-0 16, Olszewski 6 0-0 13, Kuepers 1 0-0 3, Ulrich 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 5-8 49.
3-point goals — LO 2 (Breunig 1, Furniss 1), LL 4 (Paske 2, Olszewski 1, Kuepers 1). Total fouls — LO 13, LL 10.