BLAIRSBURG - Up throughout the first half, the Northeast Hamilton boys' basketball team found itself in hot water where fouls were concerned in the third quarter and Janesville took advantage here last night.
Trojan starters Noah Ronnfeldt and Trevor Klaver were both relegated to the bench for more than 7 minutes of the third quarter after they both picked up their fourth foul and the Wildcats went on a 17-6 run over the 8-minute stretch to jump ahead for good en route to a 51-44 victory.
"We had three starters with three fouls at halftime and then it got worse in the second half," NEH head coach John Seiser said. "We've got to have our starters on the floor and that was really the difference in the game."
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
NEH guard Nick Jeffers (23) drives to the bucket and puts in a layup over Janesville’s Chris Bright last night in Iowa Star Conference action in Blairsburg.
Down 32-24 to start the final period, NEH (2-1, 2-1 ISC) - which suffered its first loss - trimmed its deficit to five, but back-to-back turnovers squashed the final rally.
Junior sharpshooter Logan Seiser kept the Trojans afloat offensively, as he finished with 22 points. He canned all three of the team's 3-point baskets.
"Logan really did have a good night," John Seiser said. "He shot the ball really well."
Janesville 51, Northeast Hamilton 44
Janesville (1-3, 1-2 ISC) - Chris Bright 4 2-4 10, Hunter Meyer 4 3-7 11, Montana Meyer 1 0-0 2, Taylor Schmidt 2 0-0 4, Danny Amlie 1 0-1 2, Jack Thode 4 1-2 10, Joe Friedrich 4 4-4 12. Totals: 20 10-18 51.
Northeast Hamilton (2-1, 2-1 ISC) - Gabe Rapp 1 1-1 3, Tyler Smith 0 0-0, Trevor Klaver 0 1-2 1, Stephen Chamness 4 0-1 8, Nick Jeffers 1 0-0 2, Noah Ronnfeldt 1 2-2 4, Logan Seiser 9 1-5 22, Austin Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals: 18 5-11 44.
Quarter scores - NEH led 7-2 and 18-15, Janesville led 32-24. 3-point field goals - Janesville 1 (Thode); NEH 3 (Seiser 3). Team fouls - Janesville 17, NEH 21. Fouled out - Ronnfeldt, Klaver.
Stephen Chamness picked up some of the offensive slack with eight points. Ronnfeldt and Austin Smith both finished with four.
Janesville had three players hit double figures; Hunter Meyer led the way with 11, and Chris Bright and Jack Thode both finished with 10.
NEH will face back-to-back road trips on Friday and Saturday, first at Tripoli followed by a non-conference tilt at CWL Corwith.