Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2007

Cedar Catholic boys fall to O'Neill

O’NEILL — The Cedar Catholic Trojans ran into a tough O’Neill Eagle team Friday night.
The home team put Cedar into a huge hole right from the start, putting together an 11-4 run to open the first quarter.
Cedar was able to regroup in the latter stages of the frame as the Eagles ended the first quarter up 18-11.


Cedar changed things up in the second quarter and went to a man-to-man defense. The Trojans were able to outscore the home team 16-13 in the frame to cut the deficit to four points — 31-27,
O’Neill again took charge in the second half outscoring Cedar 34-16 to walk away with the win. Ian Sitz led the Eagle offensive, knocking down 11 second-half points.
Sitz was the big gun for the Eagles all night long, hitting for a double-double with 17 points and 15 boards.

The Trojan offense was led in the contest by a pair of double-figure scorers. Kyle Kramer hit a team-high 13 points, while Tony Heine added 11 on the night.
Cedar just couldn’t hit the basket at O’Neill.
The Trojans shot a dismal 26 percent from the field for the game. In the second half, Cedar made good on just 22 percent of its shots. Cedar was worse from long distance, only hitting eight percent of its shots from downtown. O’Neill fared much better, connecting on 40 percent of its shots from the floor and 29 percent of its three-point attempts.
Cedar Catholic Coach Matt Steffen said his team has to improve on its shooting.
”We need to continue to work on developing confidence in our shooting.  I felt coming into this season that we would be a better shooting team than what we are so far,” he said. “ We are shooting around 23 percent from the floor as a team and it is difficult to win that way.”
Things are not going to get any easier in the next few days and weeks, Steffen said.
” We play a very tough and experienced Crofton team on Tuesday and a Madison team on Friday that didn’t lose any starters from last year,” he said.  “Our goal is to continue to get better each day and control the things we can control.”
Cedar, 0-2, will have another home game Dec. 18 when Dodge comes to the Msgr. Werner Center to take on the Trojans.
The Trojans will then be on break until the Holiday Tournament, which is being held this year in Hartington.

Cedar    11    16    11    5 — 43
O’Neill    18    13    15    19 — 65

Cedar    O’Neill
FG    16-62    19-48
FT    10-16    23-38
3pt    1-13    2-7
Reb    39    49
TOs    18    15

SCORING
Cedar – Kyle Kramer, 13; Tony Heine, 11; Tim Wieseler, 7; Turner Becker, 5; Kevin Wintz, 3; Tyson Leise, 2; Andy Dickes, 2. O’Neill – Ian Sitz, 17; Michael Long, 16; Brendan Brodersen 9; Trent Ptacek 9; Morgan Hull 6;  Brady Torpin 5; Kent Clark 3.

REBOUNDS
Cedar – Tim Wieseler, 5; Corey Kruse, 4; Tyson Leise, 3; Tony Heine, 3; Turner Becker, 3; Kevin Wintz, 2; Kyle Kramer, 2; Mark Dendinger, 1; Andy Dickes, 1. O’Neill – Ian Sitz, 15; Michael Long, 9; Brendan Brodersen, 8; Trent Ptacek, 3.
STEALS
Cedar – Tim Wieseler, 4; Turner Becker, 3; Kyle Kramer, 2; Corey Kruse, 1; Andy Dickes, 1; Mark Dendinger, 1; Tyson Leise, 1.

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