WBY Shootout: Oshkosh North 68, Wisconsin Lutheran 52
by Eric Nehm,posted Dec 27 2013 4:31PM
Wisconsin Lutheran, one of the top teams in Division II, was able to stick with Oshkosh North, one of the state's top Division I teams, for one half, but couldn't keep up in the second half as Oshkosh North pulled away and recorded a 68-52 victory in the WBY Shootout at Concordia University.
The game started off at an incredible tempo as both teams raced up and down the floor combining for 34 first quarter points with Oshkosh North leading 18-16 after one quarter.
The two teams remained close during the second quarter, but Oshkosh North retained a two point lead going into halftime leading 35-33.
After a close few minutes to start the second half, Oshkosh North pulled away behind a great effort from 6'6" senior forward Cooper Radtke. Radtke, a Northern Michigan (DII) commit, scored eight straight points for Oshkosh North as the third quarter came to a close and North took a 51-43 lead.
Wisconsin Lutheran attempted to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, but just weren't able to overcome the deficit eventually falling 68-52.
There’s an old saying that the best way to beat a press or zone is to beat it up the floor, so it can’t be set up. Today was one of the first times I’ve seen someone beat Wisconsin Lutheran’s press up the floor. Oshkosh North’s first two baskets came on long passes after made baskets over the top of Wisconsin Lutheran’s press.
I didn’t get a chance to talk about him yesterday, but C.J. Polk is a really nice player for Wisconsin Lutheran. The University of Minnesota-Moorhead commit is smooth going to the basket and rarely makes bad decisions. Today, he was able to cut through North’s zone and find his way to the basket for some easy buckets. His time at Wisconsin Lutheran may help once he gets to school because every coach is looking for a tough defender.
Oshkosh North’s 1-3-1 zone was tough for Wisconsin Lutheran to handle when 6’6” Cooper Radtke played on top of it. With Radtke off the floor though, North failed to execute at times and Wisconsin Lutheran was able to find some holes in the zone.
Radtke (committed to DII Northern Michigan) was a handful on the offensive end as well. He did a great job getting position as well as a nice job on the offensive glass. He also did a great job running the break, especially evident on his thunderous two-handed dunk in the second quarter.
Senior point guard Nathan Neveau made some nice plays for Oshkosh North and was much of the reason Wisconsin Lutheran’s press failed to force many turnovers this afternoon. He did a nice job remaining under control and finding his way into the lane.
There really isn't a single player that really blows you away on Oshkosh North, but they execute extremely well and do a great job playing as one cohesive unit. Really fun to watch a team that plays like that.
Oshkosh North will be back tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. to face the team that knocked them out of last year's Divison I playoffs, Germantown.