Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cyclones Down UW-Richland

Cyclones Down UW-Richland

The UW-Fox Men’s Basketball team began defense of its 2013 and 2014 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference championships with a 107-59 non-conference victory over UW-Richland.  Marcus Jensen and Traivione Hills came off the bench to score 27 and 20 points respectively for the Cyclones.

Jensen was a perfect 11/11 from the field, including 5/5 from 3-point range.  His 23 first half points helped the Cyclones to a 51-37 halftime lead, despite their lackluster performance on defense.  

UW-Richland scored on their first possession of the second half, but the Cyclones responded with a 21-4 run to take a 72-41 lead and never looked back.  Seth Wallace’s lay-up, off a Nick Mohl screen and Ta Woods pass, gave UW-Fox an 88-48 lead with just over 8 minutes left in the game.

Jon Braeger was also in double figures for UW-Fox with 15 points and he handed out 5 assists, while Woods pulled down 9 rebounds and recorded 8 assists.  Jose Elijah also had 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the Cyclones.

UW-Fox shot 56.8% (42/74) for the game, 40% (10/25) on three-point field goals.  They also out rebounded the Roadrunners 48 to 26.

With the win UW-Fox moves to 1-0 on the season.  They will begin WCC-East conference play on Monday night when they travel to UW-Washington for a 7:30pm game.  They also travel to UW-Waukesha for a 7:30pm game on Wednesday night.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Cyclones Garner All-Conference Honors

Trevor Krizenesky (2nd year - Brillion HS) was named 1st team all-conference for the second straight season.  He averaged 16.5 ppg during WCC-East play including scoring 29 points and 32 points in the Cyclones last two regular season wins over UW-Manitowoc and UW-Washington.  He also recorded 60 assists (2nd in the conference), 30 steals (3rd in the conference), grabbed 52 rebounds, shot 23/64 (36%) from 3-point range, and 29/36 (80.5%) from the free-throw line in 12 WCC East games.

Cameron Schaefer (2nd year - Sheboygan North HS) was named 2nd team all-conference.  Schaefer was in double figures in 7 of 12 WCC East games.  He averaged 10.6 ppg, grabbed 60 rebounds (5 rpg), had 57 assists (3rd in the conference), and 32 steals (2nd in the conference).  Schaefer was also the Cyclones leading scorer in their WCC Tournament Championship victory over UW-Richland.

Jon Schlaver (2nd year - Fox Valley Lutheran HS) was named Honorable Mention all-conference.  The 6-8 center appeared in 9 conference games, missing 3 because of a concussion suffered on January 29th when the Cyclones hosted UW-Sheboygan.  He averaged 10.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and shot 54% (42/78) in those 9 games.  His 9 game stats are slightly misleading because he played sparingly in the teams last regular season game, his first game action after being out with the concussion.  In the Cyclones WCC tournament quarterfinal win over UW-Waukesha Schlaver scored 16 points on 8/9 shooting, and pulled down 7 rebounds.  His presence in the middle, and his ability to score, was a big reason for the Cyclones two year record of 47-7.

Lee Rabas (5th season) was named WCC East Co-Coach of the year.  It was the 5th straight year he has been awarded that honor.  The Cyclones are 52-8 in WCC East play during his time at UW-Fox, and have won WCC East regular season conference titles in 2011, 2012, and 2013.  They finished second in 2010 and 2014, and were the only team to beat that year's champ in conference play.  The Cyclones have also won WCC Tournament Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2014.   In Rabas' 5 years at the helm the UW-Fox men's basketball team has an overall record of 117-17. 

2014 WCC-East All-Conference Team

All-Conference Men's Basketball Team - Eastern Division
First Team
Evan Rathke                    UW-Washington
Trevor Krizenesky           UW-Fox Valley
Joe Lorenz                       UW-Sheboygan
Xavier Fletcher                UW-Manitowoc
Jonte Wells                      UW-Marinette

Second Team
Chris Gough                     UW-Washington
Mitch Hendrix                   UW-Fond du Lac
Brandon St. George        UW-Waukesha
Olentda Bryant                 UW-Manitowoc
Christian Valdez              UW-Waukesha*
Jamel Taylor-Robinson  UW-Waukesha*
Cameron Schaefer          UW-Fox Valley*

Honorable Mention
Bobby Musil                     UW-Sheboygan
Jon Schlaver                    UW-Fox Valley
Cole Voelker                    UW-Manitowoc

Player Of The Year
Evan Rathke                    UW-Washington

Coaches Of The Year
Lee Rabas                        UW-Fox Valley
Russell Thull                    UW-Washington

* = tie

Sunday, February 23, 2014

UW-Fox Earns 2014 WCC Tournament Title

UW-Fox 84 UW-Richland 59
2014 WCC Tournament Championship Game

The UW-Fox men’s basketball team captured the 2014 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference tournament championship with an 84-59 victory over UW-Richland at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.  It is the third tournament title in the past four years for the Cyclone men who earned the crown in 2011 and 2013.

Sunday’s game was closer than the score would indicate and the Roadrunners, who became the hot team in the WCC-West over the last few weeks, came to play.  The Cyclones struggled offensively in the first half, but played enough defense to lead 39-28.  Richland guard Grant Dull continued his torrid offensive play with 11 first half points, while UW-Fox first year big Nick Mohl had a career high 12 points in the opening period.  Mohl turned all four of his offensive rebounds into baskets.

UW-Fox maintained a double digit lead for most of the second half, but every time they seemed poised to pull away UW-Richland was up for the task.  Chase Hawley scored on a driving lay-up with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game then turned a steal on the next possession into an assist to Cameron Schaefer for a lay-up that put the Cyclones up 52-37, but back to back baskets had Richland back in the game at 52-42.

Richland had come back to win their first two tournament games from 16 and 18 down in the second half, but the Cyclones would not let that happen in the this game.  Trevor Krizenesky’s three-point field goal with just over 5 minutes remaining, off a great screen from Hawley and an assist from Nate TeGrootenhuis, pushed the UW-Fox lead to 67-50. 

From there the Cyclones would finish with a flurry.  Schaefer’s lay-up in transition with 2:06 left capped off a 10-2 run that would push the lead to 77-52.  UW-Fox also converted 22/24 (91.7%) free-throws for the game.

Schaefer led UW-Fox with 17 points, while Mohl finished with 14 points on 6/7 shooting, and 10 rebounds.  Matt Lehner, whose play offensively was huge for the Cyclones over the last few weeks, hit all 11 of his free-throw attempts to finish with 13 points.  Krizenesky finished off his stellar Cyclone career with 13 points and 4 assists and Jon Schlaver also capped off a fine career with 8 points and 7 rebounds. 

For their two day efforts Krizenesky and Mohl were named to the all-tournament team.  They joined George Johnson, UW-Richland;  Murdock Smith, UW-Barron;  and Devonte Pinckney, UW-Manitowoc on the five member team.

UW-Fox finishes the season 24-4 overall.  The Cyclones have posted a 117-17 record over the past 5 seasons.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

UW-Fox Downs UW-Barron

UW-Fox 71 UW-Barron 61
(WCC Tournament Semi-Final)

Saturday’s game was the third match-up of the season between the Cyclones and Chargers.  The Cyclones had won the previous two contests by 9 and 17.  Beating a good team 3 times in one season is hard to do, but the Cyclones were up to the task on Saturday at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

The Cyclones got contributions from 7 players in the opening half, and headed to the lockerroom with a 34-29 lead.  UW-Fox struggled on offense in the opening half, but held the Chargers to 1/13 shooting from three-point range.

In the second half UW-Fox got key contributions from two of their first year players in earning the victory.  Guard Chase Hawley knocked down 2 three-point field goal attempts, and post player Nick Mohl scored 8 points.  Hawley’s last 3 with just under 6 minutes remaining put momentum back in the hands of the Cyclones.

Trevor Krizenesky led the Cyclones with 17 points and 5 assists, while Mohl added 10 rebounds to go with his 8 points.  Marcus Jensen also contributed 7 rebounds and 7 points for UW-Fox, which got 5 or more points from nine different players.

With the win UW-Fox moves to 23-4 overall on the season, and they earn a spot in the WCC Tournament Championship game for the 4th time in 5 seasons under head coach Lee Rabas.  They will play UW-Richland, 98-93 winners over UW-Manitowoc in the other semi-final on Saturday, at 2pm on Sunday at JustAGame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pairings For 2014 WCC Tournament Semi-Finals

Saturday February 22, 2014
6:00pm UW-Manitowoc Vs. UW-Richland
8:00pm UW-Fox Vs. UW-Barron

Sunday February 23, 2014
2:00pm WCC Men's Tournament Championship Game

JustAGame Fieldhouse
200 LaCrosse Street
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin  53965

WCC Tournament Results From Wednesday

UW-Waukesha 48 at UW-Fox 71
UW-Marinette 74 at UW-Manitowoc 77
UW-Marathon 77 at UW-Barron 51
UW-Richland 100 at UW-Rock 97 (OT)

UW-Richland was the only road team to pick up a victory in WCC tournament quarter-final action on Wednesday night.  The Roadrunners clawed back from an 18 point 2nd half deficit to force overtime and earn the victory.

The four remaining teams will travel to Wisconsin Dells on Saturday February 22nd for semi-final games, which will be played at JustAGame Fieldhouse.  The tournament concludes with the championship game at 2pm on Sunday February 23rd at JustAGame.  

For up to the minute information on the WCC Men's Basketball Tournament follow the UW-Fox Men's Basketball program on twitter -

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cyclones Advance To WCC Tournament Semi-Final

UW-Fox 71 UW-Waukesha 48

The UW-Fox men’s basketball team got key contributions from Jon Schlaver (Fox Valley Lutheran HS) and Sam Schreiber (Appleton East HS) in posting a 71-48 WCC tournament victory over UW-Waukesha on Wednesday night at UW-Fox.  Schlaver scored 16 points on 8/9 shooting in his first extended action since suffering a concussion two weeks ago. 

Schreiber scored the first 6 Cyclone points on his way to a career night that saw him finish with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals on 6/9 shooting with no turnovers.  He also guarded Cougars leading scorer Brandon St. George for a good portion of the game helping UW-Fox hold him to just 8 points.  

Trevor Krizenesky (Brillion HS) also chipped in with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals in his final home game as a Cyclone.  His three-point field goal midway through the second half stopped a 5-0 Cougar run and helped push the lead back to 15 points. 

The Cyclones led from start to finish, and despite shooting 0/12 from three-point range, found themselves up 34-20 at the half.  UW-Fox was extremely efficient on offense in the second half connecting on 16/24 (66.7%) field goal attempts, and 8 of 11 (72%) free-throws.

UW-Fox moves to 22-4 overall on the season.  They will travel to Wisconsin Dells on Saturday February 22nd for the WCC tournament final four, which is being hosted at JustAGame Fieldhouse.  It is the Cyclones 5th trip to the tournament semi-finals in 5 years. Other WCC men’s teams posting victories tonight were UW-Manitowoc, UW-Barron, and UW-Richland.  

Monday, February 17, 2014

Cyclones To Host UW-Waukesha

The UW-Fox men's basketball team will host the UW-Waukesha Cougars on Wednesday night February 19th at 7pm.  It is a quarterfinal match-up in the 2014 Wisconsin Collegiate Conference tournament.

The Cougars (12-10, 6-6) and Cyclones (21-4, 10-2) split during the regular season.  UW-Fox beat the Cougars on November 15, 2013 at home 89-81.  UW-Waukesha returned the favor on January 27th when they defeated the visiting Cyclones 70-63.

The Cougars are led by first year head coach Adam Ligocki who was a stand out performer for the men's basketball team at then Carroll College from 2003-2007.  UW-Fox head coach Lee Rabas was an assistant coach at Lawrence University from 2004-2009.  Lawrence and Carroll were two of the top performing Midwest Conference (NCAA Division III) men's basketball programs during that time.