A pair of local Door County boys basketball teams will be playing for regional titles tonight after semifinal wins Friday.
Southern Door defeated Cedar Grove-Belguim 55-36 to advance to its Division 4 title game at Koehler tonight. Gibraltar stopped Suring 66-49 in a Division 5 matchup and travels to Wausaukee.
Ryan Claflin led Southern Door’s balanced scoring attack with 20 points and Alex Daoust added 11 points. Nick Baudhuin, Devin Schinktgen and Log Jeanquart added 9, 8 and 7 points, respectively.
The Eagles jumped out to a 19-6 lead midway through the first half and extended it to 31-16 at halftime.
“You never know how things will play out,” Southern Door coach Pete Claflin said. “We got a double digit lead which was big.”
Kohler is 18-5 and coming off of a 58-56 win in its regional semifinal. Carter Gabler is the Bombers’ leading scorer at 20.8 points per game. Tyler Roeder scores 15.2 points per outing, and Leo Fink adds 10.7.
“Kohler is really good,” coach Claflin said. “It will be a tough game.”
Gibraltar Moves On
Dominic Krauel paced a balanced Gibraltar attack with 16 points and Sam Lindenberg added 14. Luke Steebs and Spencer Krause scored 13 and 10 points, respectively. This is the second consecutive season that the Vikings are in the regional championship. The Vikings won the regional title last year before falling to Green Bay NEW Lutheran in the sectional semifinal.
“We are happy to be here,” Gibraltar coach Justin Burress said. “But won’t be satisfied unless we go as far or farther than last year.”
Wausaukee is coming off of a 66-39 win over Goodman-Pembine in its semifinal win. Hayden Remikow scores 15.7 points per game and Tristan Pollard adds 15.2 per game.
“Wausaukee has some great shooters,” Burress said. “We need to keep their top two below their averages, play disciplined defense and play uptempo on offense. If we can do those things I like our chances.”
Sturgeon Bay Falls
Sturgeon Bay lost to Chilton 76-54 in its Division 3 regional semifinal and finished 15-9 overall and second place in the Packerland Conference at 14-2.
Gunnar Tebon paced Sturgeon Bay with 22 points and fellow senior Jake Schneider added 15 points. Tebon was the Clippers’ leading scoring at 22.2 points per game and Schneider was second at 14.5.
“High character individuals who put as much time into the basketball program as any players I have had the opportunity to coach,” Benesh said of Tebon and Schneider. “They were real good leaders who were positive role models to our younger players and youth. They both had a huge impact on the success of this team. The graduation of both will be a huge loss to the program. Both players definitely left their mark on the Packerland conference this past season.”