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Tigers spoil Kowal's debut with Hilltoppers

Varsity vs Black River Falls HS on 12/2/2008
Posted Tuesday, December 02, 2008 by Jake Merrill
Written by Craig Otto for the La Crosse Tribune
ONALASKA — Black River Falls High School boys basketball coach Brian Jensen admits his team’s defense still needs an awful lot of work.

They couldn’t have been a whole lot better in the second quarter of Tuesday’s season opener with Onalaska, as the Tigers held the Hilltoppers to two points, taking the lead for good on their way to a 54-47 win. “We played the same defense (man-to-man) the whole night, but we’ve still gotan awful lot of work to do with it,” Jensen said. “Our defense was mediocre to poor other than the second quarter. They also did a good job on Jack (Taylor, 14 points), but some others came through with some timely 3s for us.”

Andy Seguin hit three 3-pointers in the middle two quarters, while Greg VonRuden drained two.

Taylor matched up most of the night with Tyler Adams. Adams, along with freshman Nick Arenz, each scored 12 points for Onalaska.

“Jack always wants to cover the opponents’ best player, but we also don’t like him getting into foul trouble,” Jensen said. “We do have several other good defensive players, but Jack is very eager to take on anybody defensively.”

The 3-pointers from Seguin and Von Ruden allowed Black River Falls to outscore the Hilltoppers 21-3 from 3-point range in the first three quarters.

Onalaska’s lone 3-point make prior to the foul-and-hope portion in the final two minutes was a Mike Price (11 points) three off an offensive rebound early in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers also were 6 of 19 (31 percent) from the foul line.

“Improving our shooting will take some time,” said Craig Kowal, who was making his debut as the Hilltoppers coach. “We’ve spent so much time the first two weeks putting in our offense and defense that we haven’t been able to break down other things.”

BLACK RIVER FALLS 54, ONALASKA 47

BRF 10 15 15 14 — 54

Onalaska 14 2 13 18 — 47

BLACK RIVER FALLS (1-0): Lezcano 5, Peasley 7, Seguin 9, Laudon 4, Von Ruden 10, Taylor 14, Perner 3, Gates 2.

ONALASKA (0-1): Adams 12, Liu 7, Klos 3, Price 11, Arenz 12, Socha 2.

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