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Williams Bay falls, Faith Christian marches on in playoff openers



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The Bay's Jonah VanVleet (15) hangs in the air Tuesday night. Mike Ramczyk.

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Jared Mulder (3) erupted for 21 points Tuesday, eclipsing his previous season-high of five points. (click for larger version)
February 19, 2013 | 10:32 PM
Juda outscores Bulldogs, 12-0, in final three minutes

By Mike Ramczyk

WILLIAMS BAY — Basketball coaches often stress playing hard for all four quarters.

If a team loses focus for even a minute, everything can fall apart in an instant.

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The Williams Bay boys basketball team unfortunately suffered through a couple of bad minutes Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 playoff opener.

A stunned Bay crowd watched in silence as visiting Juda, the No. 9 seed, outscored the Bulldogs in the final three minutes 12-0 to pull off a 61-55 victory.

The Bulldogs finished their season 9-13. Juda improved to 7-15.

The Bay led, 55-49, with a little under three minutes to play, but a couple turnovers and two key missed front ends of 1-and-1 free throws proved fatal.

"We played hard enough and well enough for 30 minutes to win the game," Bay coach Troy Nottestad said. "The last couple minutes, it just kind of fell apart on us. This one stings a little bit."

Juda cut the Bay lead to 55-53, came up with a steal off an Adam Lechelt turnover, and called timeout with 1:09 remaining. That's when Cory Segner hit his only bucket of the night, a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to give Juda the lead for good.

Juda's Cody Svitner had a career night, going off for 30 points including the final four free throws of the game. Despite the late collapse, the Bulldogs had a chance to tie down 57-55 with 17 seconds to play.

After a timeout, sophomore John Higgins got a good look down low, but his close-range bank shot rimmed in and out.

"We thought they would trap Adam, so we went to the high post," Nottestad said. "We just didn't get it to go."

Lechelt paced the Bay with 13 points. However, Juda's half-court traps caused fits for the junior point guard late in the game. Higgins and senior Casey Wilson controlled the paint for the Bay. They totaled 10 points apiece.

Higgins, the Bay's leading scorer with 10 points per game, sat out most of the third quarter with three fouls. Wilson was dominant at times, rejecting five shots and altering several more. Brad Quinn added eight points.

Big nights from Mulder, Montsma spark Eagles

By John Halverson

WALWORTH TOWNSHIP — Jared Mulder hit six 3-pointers including five in the first half to lead Faith Christian to a 67-39 blowout win over undermanned Johnson Creek in a Division 5 playoff game Tuesday night.

Mulder finished with 21 points and Alex Montsma added 26 for the fourth-seeded Eagles. They'll host 12th-seeded Heritage Christian at home at 7 p.m. Friday in the regional semifinal game. The Eagles are now 20-3 overall and won conference for the second year in a row. Heritage Christian, 5-17 for the year, upset fifth-seeded Albany, 55-49, Tuesday.

The Eagles hope the shooting touch they had against Johnson Creek holds up through the rest of the tournament. The Eagles took a 24-6 first-quarter lead Tuesday against the Blue Jays and never looked back as Mulder hit corner threes almost at will. Three of his triples came in the first quarter. The visitors switched from a zone to a man-to-man in the second quarter, but it made little difference as the Eagles went into the locker room with a 49-13 advantage.

Mulder had 18 points and Alex Montsma added 19 in the first half, and the game was effectively over.

Montsma, who averaged 16.7 during the regular season, added four triples for the game to give the Eagles a total of 10 beyond the arc.

Joe Ingersoll tallied 14 points. Adam Montsma, who averaged 27.9 points for the season, was held to two points due to illness.

Johnson Creek, which entered the game with a 4-19 overall record, suited up only seven players.

They came out in the third quarter with a tighter zone and took advantage of several Eagle turnovers.

The Blue Jays actually tied Faith Christian in thirdquarter points with nine.

Several drives through the Faith defense forced coach Brian Pollard to call a timeout.

"They kept on running the same play," Alex Montsma said.

After the timeout, Faith tightened up defensively as Alex Montsma clogged up the middle, shutting down the visitors the rest of the way.

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