Winter WI - Just to be clear, the WarCat Showdown is not a real thing, but it should be. The Winter Boys basketball team strolled into Birchwood on Saturday, February 10th to take on the Birchwood Bobcats. This is a make-up game from earlier in the season. Winter and Birchwood Co-Op in multiple sports, creating a friendly rivalry between the schools, but when they face off, the gyms are packed, and the competitiveness begins.
The Warriors and Bobcats both held a 10-3 record in the Lakeland East Conference coming into this game, and with the previous two victories Winter had over the New Auburn Trojans, this game could be seen as the game for the Lakeland East Conference title. While the season winds down, the season is by no means over, just yet. Nonetheless, the game between Winter and Birchwood held significant implications for the conference title.
Winter started the game early going back and forth, as Winter struck first with a 3-pointer from Adam Bednorski, then a steal from Gunnar Greuel led to a run out for Curtis Thompson Jr for a finish against contact. Winter jumped out to a 10 point lead with 11:30 left in the first half. Birchwood would fight back and bring the margin to back within 7. However, the Warriors pace started to get to Birchwood, and the break brought a 57-41 score favoring Winter. Some great hustle plays by Birchwood's Lucas Gindt would bring the Bobcats within 16 points. The Warriors kept the full-court pressure on the entire game, creating choas and causing the Bobcats to turn the ball over resulting in runout layups for Winter. The final score was 106-87 pushing Winter to a 15-6 record on the season and 11-3 in the Lakeland East Conference, sitting in first place. Birchwood moves to 15-5 on the season, and 10-4 in the conference.
The Warriors were led by Curtis Thompson Jr with 29 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal. Malte Colliander added 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks to his season tally. Gunnar Greuel finished with another double-double adding 23 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Adam Bednorski contributed 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. Carter Petit came up with 6 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals, but fouled out midway through the second half. Cole Petit added 3 points with some great energy off the bench, adding 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
The Bobcats were led by Ethan Meyer with 24 points, and Lucas Gindt with 22 points.
The Warriors found 58 points in the paint, 24 points from beyond the arc, and 24 points from the free throw line. The Warriors shot 50.7% from the field, and 72.7% from the free throw line. The Warriors just edged out the Bobcats on the rebounds 45-43 and and forced 22 turnovers, which is just shy of their 26.0 per game forced turnover average.
The Warriors lead all Division 5 teams in multiple categories:
1st - 81.4 points per game
1st - 43.9 rebounds per game
1st - 20.4 assists per game
1st - 16.3 steals per game
2nd - 5.2 blocks per game
Gunnar Greuel continues to lead the nation and the state of Wisconsin in total rebounds, and rebounds per game with 21.6 rebounds per game while also adding 21.4 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, 3.7 steals per game, and 2.0 blocks per game. Adam Bednorski still leads the state with 86 3-point makes, and looks to keep his throne as the season winds down.
The Warriors travel to Drummond for non-conference action to take on the 15-6 Drummond Lumberjacks on Monday, February 12, then travel to Prairie Farm on Tuesday, February 13 for a Lakeland East showdown vs the 2022-2023 Lakeland East Conference Champions.
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