In a battle between two of the state's top teams, West De Pere narrowly escaped with a 62-60 victory over Racine Casein the WBY Shootout at Concordia University.
After one quarter, West De Pere was in control with some sharpshooting from Chandler Diekvoss and Cody Schwartz. Diekvoss, a Richmond commit, hit three three pointers to help West De Pere take a 16-9 lead after one quarter.
Racine Case was able to get back into the game in the second quarter applying some defensive pressure, but ultimately West De Pere was able to take control and led 34-26 going into the second half.
In the third quarter, Racine Case was able to use some offensive rebounds and defensive pressure to get back into the game. Senior Malik House made a few nice plays and scored a few baskets to help Racine Case draw within a single point going into the fourth quarter.
Again, West De Pere added to their lead in the fourth quarter leading by as many as seven points. Like the second quarter, West De Pere used a 1-3-1 zone to slow Racine Case down and turn them into a jump-shooting team rather than an agressive, attacking offensive team.
Trailing by seven with just over a minute left, Racine Case senior James Trice hit a high-arching three to bring Case within four. After a turnover from each team, Diekvoss went to the line and gave West De Pere a five point lead.
With just 14 seconds remaining, Case junior Daizon Scott hit a big three to cut the West De Pere lead to just two. Case fouled sophomore Luke Pannier, who missed both free throws with just nine seconds remaining.
D'Angelo Jackson grabbed the rebound for Case, pushed the ball up floor, and found Scott wide open on the left side of the floor. Scott's open three hit off the back of the rim and bounced off the floor as time expired.
Racine Case opened in a 2-2-1 full court press that West De Pere struggled with to start the game, but soon came to figure out.
Racine Case really applies the pressure defensively. Each time they were able to cut into the West De Pere lead came when they were applying tough defensive pressure.
West De Pere was able to take control when they implemented a 1-3-1 zone in the second quarter. They really slowed Case down and turned them into jump shooters in the first half.
Senior Malik House was great for Case as he was making plays for them down the stretch. House is extremely quick with the ball and possesses the ability to finish around the rim in traffic.
Enough cannot be said about Luke Pannier’s fourth quarter. He was solid throughout the game and showed off a high basketball IQ, but going three-for-three in the fourth quarter served as a huge boost for West De Pere.
The end of the game was a bit more interesting than it probably should have been as West De Pere missed some free throws down the stretch.
Junior Cody Schwartz (6’8”) is attracting interest from a lot of Division I schools including Marquette, Creighton, Nebraska, and Northern Iowa. He finished with 21 points for the game.
Diekvoss finished with 22 points.
West De Pere plays again tomorrow at noon. They will face Milwaukee Washington.
Racine Case will play Whitefish Bay tomorrow at 4:30.