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Badger basketball takes two, surpasses 2012 win total

by Mike Ramczyk

February 07, 2013

The Badger boys basketball team continued its unselfish play last week.

The idea of making plays for teammates, which coach Darin Lottig has stressed all season, led to two victories for the local boys. With the wins, Badger surpassed its win total from a year ago, and there are still four games left in the regular season.

On Thursday at home, despite committing 29 turnovers, the Badgers led 30-19 at the half and cruised to a 53-33 victory.

The Badgers improved to 7-11 overall and 2-8 in the Southern Lakes Conference.

Badger fired out of the locker room, taking a 17-6 lead after the first quarter. Colton Andresen, Tony Ashley and Ian Weber all canned triples in the opening period.

Badger hit six threes in the game.

"Almost everyone had a handful of good plays, but we took a step backwards by committing a lot of turnovers," Lottig said. "That being said, the majority of our turnovers came while trying to make a play for a teammate, something that is paramount to this team's continued success. The really good teams play for each other and it appears, at times, that we are doing that. Even with 29 turnovers, we were able to win convincingly."

Jake Kozlowski paced the Badgers with 10 points, but six Badgers scored six points or more. Weber hit three 3-pointers. Andresen also finished with nine points. Lincoln Wieseman scored eight points and was 6-for-6 from the foul line.

Badger looks to keep up this momentum Friday at home against Burlington. The Demons are currently leading the SLC and beat Badger handily in the teams' first meeting.

"It's amazing what is possible when we all work together and are accountable to each other," Lottig said of his team's recent success. "The guys on this team deserve a lot of credit."

Badger 61, Waukesha South 56

The Badgers picked up their second road victory of the season Jan. 29 in Waukesha.

Leading 31-28 at halftime, Badger extended its lead with a 19-14 third quarter.

Wieseman scored a season-high 20 points to lead Badger. Kozlowski added 15.

"Lincoln played well against Waukesha South," Lottig said. "He really got us going at the beginning in terms of scoring. He also rebounded pretty well and hit his free throws. 'Koz' did a nice job of handling their full-court man pressure and also made really good decisions on the offensive end."