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Steve "Sparky" Fifer

WBY Shootout: Neenah 62, Milwaukee Marquette 41

Neenah was in control from the opening tip today against Milwaukee Marquette as they cruised to a 62-41 victory in the WBY Shootout at Concordia University.

Neenah took a nine-point lead to start the game behind some slick playmaking from point guard and UW-Milwaukee soccer commit Adam Pohlman and some nice finishes from junior forward Matt Heldt.  After the 9-0 start to the game, Neenah did not look back as they took a 29-22 lead into halftime.

The second half featured much of the same as Neenah continued to execute and led the game 47-33 after three quarters.  One play in the middle of the third quarter perfectly captured today's game.  As a Marquette player drove to the basket, Heldt blocked his shot and saved the ball to Pohlman before going out of bounds.  Heldt regained his balance and immediately sprinted up floor where Pohlman found him underneath the basket for a layup on a nifty pass through traffic.

Neenah continued their dominance in the fourth quarter and eventually closed out the game with a 62-41 victory.

Quick Thoughts:
  • During the game someone asked me on Twitter what I thought of Matt Heldt, who is drawing interest from multiple Division I schools, so here is my synopsis of his game.  Heldt is a prototypical modern-day big man.  He posts up and tries to get good position, but doesn’t necessarily dominate from the block.  That doesn’t really matter though because he does a great job running the floor and finding open space in the half court for easy dunks and layins.  He possesses nice touch around the basket and showed some range today hitting a three in the first half.  These are all the things I think most coaches now look for in a big man and why many college coaches are drooling over him.
  • Pohlman picked up his second foul just five minutes into the game.  With Pohlman out for a majority of the first half, Neenah turned to senior guard Taulvish McCray and he more than capably filled in at the point.
  • I gushed about him on Twitter, but Adam Pohlman was in complete control of today's game.  Dictated the tempo of the game and made the right decision repeatedly.  The true embodiment of a point guard. Selfishly, I wish he would be playing basketball somewhere at the next level, but Pohlman will do just fine as a soccer player at UW-Milwaukee.
  • 6'3" Marquette junior Ben Meinholz ended the first half in impressive fashion as he picked McCray and went down to the other end for a one-handed dunk.
  • With Meinholz and 6'7" junior Garrison Goode (who I wrote about yesterday), Milwaukee Marquette could have a nice team next season if both players continue to develop.
  • Neenah might have a tougher test tomorrow as they will face off against Rice Lake at 3 p.m. tomorrow.
Up Next: Oshkosh North vs. Wisconsin Lutheran

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12/27/2013 3:02PM
WBY Shootout: Neenah 62, Milwaukee Marquette 41
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