Sturgeon Bay, Gibraltar Open Regionals with Victories

Sturgeon Bay opened the Division 4 playoffs with a 62-59 win against Cedar Grove-Belgium Tuesday night.

Gunnar Tebon’s two free throws with 10 seconds remaining sealed the win for the 13-10 Clippers. Sturgeon Bay travels to Denmark Friday for a 7 pm tip.

The Clippers opened a 51-41 lead with 7:40 remaining, but the Rockets responded with a 10-0 run during the next two minutes to tie the game at 51. The Rockets and the Clippers traded the lead three times until Carson Talbert’s basket inside gave the Clippers a 57-56 lead.

Mitchell Jackson hit a free throw with 1:01 to play, then put the Clippers up 60-56 with two free throws with 29 seconds remaining. Those points were Jackson’s 1,000th and 1,001st of his career.

“I thought our players kept their poise and composure and came down and went right back at them rather than settling for the first available shot,” said Sturgeon Bay coach Jim Benesh. “I like how our players seemed to refocus on what we had to do.”

Talbert paced the Clippers with 23 points, and Jackson and Tebon added 13 and 11 points, respectively.

In other regional action, Gibraltar defeated Lena 81-41 in its Division 5 opener, and Sevastopol fell to St. Mary’s Springs 82-62 in Division 4. Sevastopol finished the season 5-18.

“We got off to a good start tonight,” said Gibraltar coach Justin Burress, whose team led 42-15 at halftime. “We definitely had a height advantage against their 2-3 zone and got some high-percentage shots.”

Evan Henry and Andras Szakala paced Gibraltar (12-11) with 14 points each. Ryan Murphy and Brady Ash added 10 and 9 points, respectively. The No. 5 seeded Vikings travel to No. 4 Florence Friday for a 7 pm start.