The game plan for Wilber-Clatonia was simple enough-play defense and rebound.
With it's strong defensive play, Wilber-Clatonia was able to get off to a quick start which hoisted the Wolverines to a 58-41 road win Tuesday evening over Thayer Central.
Wilber-Clatonia jumped out to a 13-9 first quarter lead powered by Hunter Cerveny scoring seven points.
The scoring was back-and-forth between the two squads in the second quarter with the Wolverines relying on the 1-2 scoring punch of Colten Johnson and Coltin Rezabek combining for 11 points which kept Wilber-Clatonia in the lead , 24-18 at halftime.
Twice in the third quarter, Wilber-Clatonia seized leads of 10 points, before the Titans fought back to slice the deficit to six points, 40-34 at the close of the third quarter.
Wilber-Clatonia responded to the pressure by dictating play on both sides of the ball in the decisive fourth quarter.
Back-to-back treys by Cerveny ignited the Wolverines on a 10-2 run which upped Wilber-Clatonia's lead to 54-38.
Down the stretch, Wilber-Clatonia outscored Thayer Central, 4-3 to seal its fourth win in a row.
Wilber-Clatonia Wolverines head coach Lucas Albrecht remarked that several key defensive stops helped build its lead in the third quarter.
“It was kind of back-and-forth with both teams play in the second and third quarters. The guys were able to clamp down and get several consecutive defensive stops to kind of help us extend our lead,”Albrecht said.
“Defense and rebounding we told the boys that would get us into a great start and it also helped us cap off the end of the game,”Albrecht commented.
“Tonight we were able to hit some long range three's which really helped out. Colten Johnson had his best game of the season, as he played really well in the paint. I'm glad to see him step up. Hunter Cerveny and Preston Lee got our offense off and rolling by hitting some key three-point hoops in the first half,”Albrecht stated.
Cerveny led the (4-3) Wolverines in scoring with a game-high 17 points, Lee, 12 points, Rezabek, 11 points, Johnson, nine points, Regie Homolka, five points, and Bradyn Whittington notched four points.
Thayer Central (2-4) was paced in scoring by Max Madsen with 15 points, Seth Mumford, nine points, Keith Hergott, eight points, Aubrey Fangmeier, four points, Gabe Haase, three points, while Zach Koss chipped in two points.