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Pirates: Boys go 1-1 in NSC play PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 21:17

Port Washington boys’ basketball coach Brian Hebein wasn’t sure what to expect during the trip to New Berlin West last Saturday.
The Pirates’ nonconference opponent scored 101 points in its season opener the week before, and Port had to catch an early-morning bus after a North Shore Conference victory against Whitefish Bay on Friday night.
Hebein’s team came through in the clutch, earning a 59-58 victory in overtime.
“It was an awesome game. It was a huge, huge, huge win for us,” Hebein said.
West beat Port by 14 last year, but this season the Pirates spoiled the Vikings’  home opener.
In overtime, neither team scored on its first possession and then traded buckets. The game was tied at 58-58 with 2.6 seconds left.
“We had to go full court so I used my last timeout I had for overtime,” Hebein said.
He called for quarterback Adam Baierl to fire a pass to Zach Uselding, who was to tip it to a teammate to get off a shot at the buzzer.
“He has a good arm and is accurate,” Hebein said of Baierl.
But Uselding got fouled while jumping to catch the pass, putting Port into the bonus.
“The kid from New Berlin ran through his back and knocked him over, so (the official) had to call it,” Hebein said.
Uselding made the first and missed the second free throw. West got the rebound and called timeout with 1.6 seconds left.
LIPPE (CR) s2120117088A desperate shot hit the side of the backboard, and Port escaped with a win.
It was the Vikings’ second straight overtime game, after beating Milwaukee Golda Meir, 101-95, on Nov. 24. Tyler Torosian scored a school-record 44 points in that game, but Pirate Jake Lippe held him to 13 points on Saturday on 4-for-9 shooting and 0-for-3 on three-pointers.
“Jake Lippe did a really nice job playing defense,” Hebein said.
Port had a chance to win at the end of regulation. With the game tied at 54-54 with about 15 seconds left, the Pirates came out of a timeout with the plan to take the final shot and not allow the Vikings any time left.
Baierl got the ball and missed a tough fade-away shot moving right.

Baierl led Port with 22 points. Sixth man Marcus Schmit added 11.
“He hit a big three late in the game. He has been doing nice job off the bench,” Hebein said.
Evan Lilly scored nine.
Port’s team defense was solid and the Pirates rebounded well, Hebein said.
Port Washington 56, Whitefish Bay 41
The Pirates overcame a slow start at home on Friday to even their North Shore Conference record at 1-1.
Port held on to a 21-20 lead at halftime.
“We played good defense in the first half, we just didn’t knock down shots we usually knock down,” Hebein said.
Port pulled away with a 35-21 edge in the second half to top the Blue Dukes.
“We opened it up a little bit, got to the line, made a lot of free throws,” Hebein said.
Port went 20-for-31 from the line for the game, to Whitefish Bay’s 3-for-7.
Baierl and Lilly each scored 14 to lead the way.
“Adam and Evan both had really nice games,” Hebein said.
Lippe again served as defensive specialist, handling Bay’s 6-foot, 6-inch Joe Voit, depsite giving up four inches.
“He did a really nice job against him. He took charges, controlled the big guy and did the dirty work getting rebounds and everything,” Hebein said.
Homestead 76, Port Washington 63
The NSC hosts had five players score in double figures and down the Pirates on Nov. 28.
Lilly scored 14 and Uselding 13 to lead Port.
Homestead held a 38-31 advantage at halftime and scored another 38 in the second half.
“Every time we made a run to get back at them, they answered,” Hebein said.
“We weren’t as stout on defense as I thought we were capable of being. We were a little late reacting to some of the rotations which caused us to give up a few points.”
Port split its first two games of the year, beating Sheboygan South on the road, 62-49, on Nov. 24 and losing to New Holstein, 73-43, at home on Nov. 25.
Port jumped out to a 6-0 lead against South, a Division 1 team, and then went on an 8-0 run. Baierl scored 18, Uselding 11 and Lilly 10.
New Holstein shot nearly 73% on three-pointers to blow out the Pirates. Nolan Mueller scored 15 to lead Port.
The Pirates (3-2 overall) next play at Nicolet (1-1 NSC) this Friday and host Cedarburg (2-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

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