2014 - 2015 Basketball Season
Spring 2015 Team
Row 1: Tim Pridemore, Javon Williams, Hayden Steinhardt, Tim Montag
Row 2: Evan Rathke, Dominque Richie, De'Andre Johnson
Row 3: Alex Dodge, Kimani Miller, Collin Liebherr, Brandon Lastovich
Row 4: Ethan Derricks, Assistant Coach; Steve Murphy, Head Coach; Brandon Bump, Team Manager
Dec. 10th - UW-WC vs UW-Rock
The UW-Washington County Wildcats fell to UW-Rock County 88-69 Wednesday night. A courageous 2nd half effort sparked by Evan Rathke (16pts 4rebs) and Colin Liebherr (23pts 7rebs) was not enough to overcome Rock County. The Wildcats cut a 19pt halftime down to 11 early in the 2nd half as they came out of the locker room with a sense of urgency. However, the Rattlers paced by Montrell Presley (20pts 12rebs) and Brandon Barnes (19pts 9rebs) were too resilient. The Wildcats (2-8) are on break til January. They will resume play on January 7th @ UW-Washington County against Fox Valley Technical College.
Dec. 3rd - UW-WC vs UW-Waukesha 76 - 89
After building an early lead, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha held onto the lead and defeated the University of Wisconsin-Washington County, 89-76, on Wednesday.
Coming into the game, UW-Waukesha had an apparent size advantage in the paint and utilized it as much as it could. But, that size advantage didn’t concern UW-WC coach Arom Murrell.
“We weren’t concerned with their size. We were confident we’d be formidable opponents,” Murrell said. “They were more aggressive than we anticipated. They’re a well-coached bunch and executed well.” With about seven minutes left in the first half, the Cougars (4-4) led by 16 points, but the Wildcats (2-7) responded by going on a run of their own, bringing the game to within seven points, 40-33.
UW-Waukesha’s Cody Walters played a key role coming off the bench, providing an early spark and leading the Cougars with 16 points in just 20 minutes of playing time. At the half, the Cougars led by eight, but despite that lead, Murrell thought his team had secured the momentum heading into the second half.
“They made some tough baskets in the first half,” he said. “They tried to press us and we broke the press a few times, and that gave us some confidence that we were still in reach.” To start the second half, the Cougars went on a 12-0 run over the first six minutes of the half and led by 20. At that point, UW-Waukesha had seized the momentum.
“We talked at halftime about having a good start to the second half,” Cougars coach Adam Ligocki said. “We had an OK first half and I thought if we could extend the game in the first four minutes (of the second half) that we could play with the lead and get the win.” Evan Rathke, who led all scorers with 20 points, broke the Wildcats’ scoring drought but, by that time, the lead was almost insurmountable.
“The second half was the tale of the tape,” Murrell said. “A lot of our easy buckets in the second half didn’t drop. They kept their foot on the gas and as we were missing, they were making, and that spelled the doom.” UW-Waukesha had the luxury of not only size, but a deep bench as well. When 6-foot-7 Jaime Bonczkowski got into early foul trouble, the Cougars went to their bench and see similar production from their reserve players.
The most minutes played by a Cougars player was 23 by Russ Finco. The Wildcats had five players with at least 25 minutes and played three players for more than 30 minutes. “Depth is a huge strength for us,” Ligocki said. “We can wear people out. We don’t have much of a drop-off from the first five to the next five. It makes our team better as the season goes on.”
Along with Bonczkowski, 6-foot-7 Travis Crayton played a huge role in the game. “(Bonczkowski and Crayton) bring great energy every time they’re out there. They really bring up the rest of the team. They’re the key to our success,” Ligocki said. Both Murrell and Ligocki are relatively new to the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference, with Murrell being in his first year and Ligocki in his second.
Both are in the process of trying to build a long-term basketball program, but with different ideals. Murrell plans to use his roots in Milwaukee to extend the recruiting south of Washington County, and even into Texas where he lives. “I think what we really want to do is establish an identity for not only style of play but standard of what we expect basketball here to be like,” Murrell said. “I think we have some athletes to do that, but you never totally get that done in the first year. It’s a process and I knew in the first year it wouldn’t all come to fruition.
“I have a rapport with a lot of city coaches and I’d like to establish a relationship with these area schools here, as well. I live in Texas and have a recruiting base there. There’s one kid (from Texas) who committed and will be here in January.” Ligocki said he’s all about bring in local talent from Waukesha and bringing in a supportive community. “I’ve been in Waukesha for the last 10 years. The first thing I wanted was guys who wanted to be student athletes and I wanted guys from Waukesha County. Being in my second year now, this year has been a lot smoother than last year so far,” Ligocki said.
Nov. 19th - UW-WC vs UW-Fond du Lac 79 - 82
A 52 point scoring burst in the 2nd half was not enough to over-come a 47-27 halftime deficit for the Wildcats. The 52 point 2nd half scoring output was the most of any half for the season for UW-Washington County. A great shooting night by freshman guard Tim Pridemore (31 pts, 13 rebs, 3 sts) and Colin Liebherr (21 pts, 5 rebs), were not enough to slow down the sharp-shooting Falcons of UW-Fond Du Lac. UW-FDL was led by Hoff with 29 pts, 5 rebs and Pickert 25 pts 7 rebs
Nov. 17th - UW-WC vs UW-Richland 63 - 66
The Wildcats lost a close game to the Roadrunners of UW-Richland 66-63. Turnovers and poor offensive execution proved to be the demise of UW-WC as the now fall to 2-5 on the season. UW-Richland was led by reserve Brian Gentry with 22pts and Charles Gray with 11pts. The Wildcats were led by Colin Liebherr with 30pts and 10rebs and Evan Rathke with 14pys and 10rebs. UW-Wc will play its next opponent Wednesday night @ UW-Fond du Lac at 730pm.
Wildcats Spring 2014 Team
Row 1 ( l to r): Tim Montag, Jon Lardy, Kyle Gallant
Row 2: Cory Crews, Blake Wiskirchen
Row 3: Bill Haught, Chris Gough, Evan Rathke
Row 4: Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Head Coach Russ Thull, Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks, Brandon Bump, Manager
Wildcats Fall 2013 Team
Row 1 ( l to r): D.J.Gollwitzer, Tim Montage,Jr., Kyle Gallant, Chris Gough
Row 2: Brandon Bump, Bill Haught, Evan Rathke, Matthew Lane, Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks
Row 3: Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Will Colassacco,Tim Belland, Tim Hovorka,
Jon Lardy, Head Coach Russ Thull
The UW-Washington County Men's Basketball team season began October 21st. See the schedule for information on our next game.
The team competes in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference with games through January. Championship games are held during the middle of February. Opponents include other UW Colleges (Baraboo, Fond du Lac, Fox Valley, Manitowoc, Marathon, Marinette, Richland, Rock County, Sheboygan and Waukesha) as well as non-conference games with technical colleges, such as Fox Valley Tech and others.
Men's Basketball practice is held Monday through Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in the gymnasium. Open gym is held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30pm -7:30pm.
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