Wildcats 2013/2014 Team
Row 1 ( l to r): D.J.Gollwitzer, Tim Montage,Jr., Kyle Gallant, Bill Haught
Row 2: Will Colassacco, Evan Rathke, Matthew Lane
Row 3: Tim Belland, Chris Gough, Jon Lardy, Brandon Bump
Back row: Assistant Coach Steve Murphy, Head Coach Russ Thull,
Assistant Coach Ethan Derricks
Missing: Tim Hovorka
Dec. 2 UW-Washington vs UW-Manitowoc
Wildcats Fall to Blue Devils at Home, 60 - 75
By Bill Haught
Losing a game you feel you could have won is never easy. The UWWC Wildcats returned to their home gymnasium on Monday to take on the UW-Manitowoc Blue Devils. The Wildcats were unable to secure a victory.
Washington County scored the first basket of the game, but that was the only lead the team held for the game's duration. After getting the UW-Manitowoc lead down to 7 late in the first half, a combination of turnovers and offensive rebounds given up by the Wildcats made it difficult for the team to get the lead down any further.
“Manitowoc's offense thrives off of turnovers and offensive rebounds,” commented UWWC head coach Russell Thull. “The defensive pressure took us out of our rhythm offensively.” The Wildcats gave up 22 offensive rebounds. “We gave them too many extra chances and [that] also limited our opportunites on the offensive end.” added Thull.
Freshman Evan Rathke once again led the Wildcats in scoring, with 23 points. UW-Manitowoc was led by Xavier Fletcher, who scored fifteen points. UW-Washington County plays UW-Manitowoc again in Manitowoc on Monday, February 3rd, and are playing their next game on Wednesday, December 4th at UW-Waukesha.
Despite the loss, the Wildcats are looking to bounce back. Coach Thull commented on his and the team's outlook by saying, “My mindset is the same as every other day; that is to continue to work hard and find ways to improve our team. My players will work hard and we will rebound.”
Box Score First Half Second Half Total
UW-Manitowoc 42 33 75
UW-WC 27 33 60
Evan Rathke 23 pts, 9/16 FG, 6 reb.
DJ Gollwitzer 13 pts, 5/12 FG, 7 reb.
Will Colassacco 8 pts, 3/9 FG, 12 reb.
Xavier Fletcher 15 pts, 6/9 FG
D. Thompson 15 pts, 5/15 FG
C. Bryant 14 pts, 4/10 FG
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. Please contact Coach Thull if you are interested for more information.
Interested in playing Wildcat's Basketball? Fill out the Athletics Interest Form or contact Coach Russ Thull at (262)-335-5252 or firstname.lastname@example.org