Raiders come back to beat Timberwolves


            Prestin Scow snuck a pass by a Tomah defender to earn an assist in the first half of last Tuesday’s win over the Timberwolves at Arcadia High School.   (Times photograph by Benjamin Pierce)

A chart on the sideline of every Arcadia High School boys basketball game tracks how many times in a game the Raiders earn three defensive stops in a row.

The Raiders’ goal is six in every game, or three in each half.

At halftime of last Tuesday’s nonconference game against Tomah (4-14, 1-6 Mississippi Valley Conference), the chart showed Arcadia (9-9, 4-5 Coulee Conference) had earned the three-peat of stops only once and needed to put more effort into protecting their end of the court.

The scoreboard showed it too, as Arcadia trailed the Timberwolves 34-25 after Tomah outscored Arcadia 14-5 in the closing minutes of the first half.

Arcadia found its defensive game and turned it into offense on the other end in the second half, clawing back to take down the Timberwolves 70-61 at Arcadia High School. The Raiders also lost to Luther on Thursday.

Arcadia outscored Tomah 45-27 in the second half to earn its ninth win of the year.

“That was something that we talked about at halftime, that we needed more consistency on the defensive end,” Arcadia coach Ryan Sonnentag said of Tuesday’s win. “We got three in the second half, so that was kind of the difference I thought, especially in the first five, six minutes in the second half.”

Tomah’s late run in the first half was helped by numerous players but was led by one of the top young players in the area, freshman Quinn Gerke. Gerke’s 26 points on Tuesday held up as the most of any player.

Senior Prestin Scow played a large role in the Raiders’ comeback, hitting four three-pointers in the second half and finishing with a team-best 22 points.

“He’s got a really good shot and he’s a good, confident shooter,” Sonnentag said of Scow, adding his team tries to find him on the perimeter of the offense to get looks from the three-point line.

“Those are the kind of shots that we’re confident in him taking. The more looks he gets, the better for our team.”

Maverick Drazkowski added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Arcadia, which had another player hit a historic mark in Tuesday’s win.

Senior Devon Baier broke the program record for career assists, hitting 335 to break 2016 graduate Rob Hoesley’s previous high mark of 332.

“We go as he goes,” Sonnentag said of the senior. “He’s like having a coach on the floor. … he’s got the keys to the team, and he’s a very unselfish player. He’s a very aggressive player this year, and I think that’s the big difference between Devon this year from last year is he’s more aggressive. .. He’s a great leader for us.”

Arcadia was scheduled to play at Neillsville on Tuesday and visits Coulee Conference power West Salem (15-2, 8-0 Coulee) this Thursday.

Arcadia (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points)—Lockington 2/3-0/0-1-3-5; K. Rotering 3/5-0/0-5-4-7; J. Rotering 0/0-0/0-1-0-0; Teske 3/7-3/4-5-2-9; Scow 6/12-5/6-1-0-22; Drazkowski 7/13-5/9-10-2-20; Baier 1/4-2/6-4-1-5; Blaschko 1/1-0/0-1-0-2.

Luther 57 Arcadia 36

Luther’s Logan Bahr had 20 points and Synclair Byus scored 14 as the Knights overcame a 21-point night from Drazkowski. 

The Knights (12-5, 7-2 Coulee) remain a local power and showed their ability last Thursday. They took a 27-15 lead into halftime.

Arcadia (field goals/attempts-free throws/attempts-rebounds-fouls-points)—Lockington 0/2-0/0-4-2-0; K. Rotering 2/8-0/0-3-1-5; Teske 1/2-0/1-3-3-2; Scow 1/5-0/0-4-2-3; Drazkowski 9/19-3/3-4-2-21; Baier 1/4-2/6-2-4-4; Wegman 0/1-0/0-1-0-0; Blaschko 0/1-0/0-1-0-0; Smith 0/0-1/2-0-0-1.

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