HA Basketball Classic 2004

Monday:  HA Classic Winners Take Early Leads

The first round of the 26th annual Holy Angels Classic Monday night, Holy Angels-White carried a 24-11 halftime margin against Silverbrook into the locker room as Ryan Matenaer and Eric Kempf pumped in eight points apiece. Scott Wenzlaff scored at will from the paint in the second half with ten of his game high 16 points as the Royals coasted to a 40-20 win.

In the finale, Holy Angels-Blue controlled the tempo as they jumped out to a 15-1 first quarter lead against St. Mary. The Royals simply maintained control of the game posting a 38-20 win to move into the semi-finals on Wednesday. Sam Hoffman and Mike Dorrance led the scoring with 10 and 9 points respectively.

Tuesday:  7th Graders Advance in Holy Angels Classic

Tuesday’s first round of the seventh grade division in this year’s Holy Angels Classic provided a thrilling opener. Holy Angels-White started slow and saw St. Gabriel jump to a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. The host Royals faced a double digit deficit before cutting the margin to 27-19 at the half. In the third quarter, Holy Angels grabbed the 34-33 lead with a 15-6 run as Dan Mueller and Eric Gremonprez combined for 11 points in the period.

The final stanza saw seven lead changes as the Holy Angels struggled to break St. Gabriel’s pressure defense. With 3:00 remaining, Ryan Giesen scored for St. Gabriel to tie the score at 40-40. Gremonprez answered with a three-pointer to give the Royals a 43-40 edge. St. Gabriel’s Mike Stumpf countered with a basket and a string of free throws to give the visitors the edge, 45-44, with 1:05 on the clock. Again, Gremonprez rose to the occasion with a basket and a 46-45 lead with 46 seconds left.

Turnovers in the closing seconds, gave St. Gabriel the ball and a shot attempt with 5 seconds on the clock. Travis Peterson blocked the attempt out of bounds and the guests had one last chance. Drew Velic grabbed the inbound pass and hit the buzzer-beater for a 47-46 win over the host Royals. Gremonprez led all scorers with 27 points while Mueller chipped in 13. St. Gabriel was paced by Giesen with 19 and Stumpf with 16 points.

The evening’s finale featured HA-Blue playing host to a Badger team that had an overwhelming height advantage. Although the teams played to a one -point margin at the end of the first period, the “Guests” began to capitalize of their size differential and pulled away for a 38-20 victory over the host Royals. Chris Neja scored 12 points and EJ Sexton added 10 for Badger. Raymond Wollner led the Royals with 10 points.

Wednesday:  Host Teams Reach Finals in Holy Angels Classic

The eighth grade championship matchup in this year’s Holy Angels Classic will be an all-Holy Angels affair as HA-White and HA-Blue both won their semi-final games Wednesday night.

HA-White seemed to be handling Port Catholic for most of the first half and held a 24-17 margin with less than a minute remaining in the third period. The Phoenix had other ideas as they tallied five quick points to cut the margin to two. Scott Wenzlaff answered in the fourth quarter to extend the Holy Angels lead to 26-22, but Ethan Deutsch responded for Port with a basket. Ryan Matenaer stretched the Royals lead to 28-24, but Josh Prochnow nailed a three-pointer for Port, 28-27.

Following an Eric Kempf layup to give Holy Angels a little breathing room, Port was forced to foul. Matenaer hit the front end of the bonus and Kempf tacked on a pair to give the Royals a 33-27 margin. Prochnow’s hot hand connected for another three-pointer with :14 on the clock to cut the Royals lead to 33-30. Holy Angels turned the ball over in the backcourt with 7 ticks on the clock and Port set up a play. However, Kempf stole the inbound pass to preserve the win and send the White team to the finals. Kempf led all scorers with 15 points followed by Matenaer with 11.

In the other semi-final, Holy Angels-Blue was a poor host as they ran pass Mother of Good Counsel, 57-34. Sam Hoffman and Mike Dorrance played an inside-outside game that quickly took its toll in the up-tempo matchup. Hoffman tallied 23 points from all over, while Dorrance collected 21 points in the paint. Jimmy Gundry paced MGC with 15 points.

Thursday:  Close Games Highlight Holy Angels Classic

Seventh grade teams from St. Kilian and Badger reached the championship game in the 26th annual Holy Angels Classic as a result of their wins Thursday night.

The consolation bracket also featured a pair of close games. Holy Angels-White held a 23-18 lead over St. Boniface late in the third quarter. A basket and a three-pointer by Steve Beine gave St. Boniface a 25-23 edge going into the final period. Eric Gremonprez responded in kind to give the Royals a 28-25 lead midway through the period. Joe Benson hit a three-pointer for St. Boniface to tie the game at 28-28 and another basket to again tie the score at 30-30 with 1:20 left. A pair of free throws by Brian Anhalt gave Holy Angels a 35-30 margin with 5 seconds on the clock which proved to be the difference as Brian Reilly hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for St. Boniface, 35-33.

Port Catholic maintained a slim margin over Holy Angels-Blue throughout the other consolation matchup. A 7-2 run at the end of the third period gave the Phoenix some breathing room at 31-24. The Royals not-so-secret weapon Raymond Wollner tallied 10 of his tournament high 30 points in the final period, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the balanced scoring by Port as Mark Burmesch iced the game with a pair of free throws in the closing seconds, 43-39. Alex Gantner led Port with 11 points.

Saturday:  Double Overtime Finale in HA Classic

Holy Angels-Blue met Holy Angels-White for the eighth grade title of the 26th annual HA Classic and the Holy Angels Gym felt more like the West Bend High School Fieldhouse at an East-West matchup. It took a pair of overtimes to finally crown a champion.

The two teams engaged in a defensive battle with HA-White taking a 12-6 edge at halftime as Scott Wenzlaff tallied 7 points and Ryan Matenaer added 5. HA-White extended its lead to 18-10, before Sam Hoffman beat the third period buzzer with a three pointer to begin a 10-0 run for HA-Blue. Mike Dorrance hit two baskets and a free throw to give HA-Blue a 20-18 edge with 1:30 left in regulation. Matenaer responded with a pair of short jumpers to regain a 22-20 lead. Hoffman scored with 22 seconds on the clock to tie the score at 22-22 and both teams failed to score again in regulation.

Dorrance scored first for HA-Blue in the first overtime, but Eric Kempf answered for HA-White with 1:49 remaining to tie the score, 24-24. Neither team could score and the game went into a second overtime as the excitement in the gym intensified.

In the second overtime, Matenaer coolly connected on a pair of free throws halfway through the overtime. After working for a shot and missing, HA-Blue was forced to foul Kempf who also hit a pair a free throws to give HA-White a 28-24 margin with :13 on the clock. Zach Kaehler made a quick basket to cut the lead to 28-26 with 4 seconds left. HA-Blue promptly fouled to send HA-White to the line again. HA-Blue rebounded the miss but a full court shot sailed wide and HA-White claimed the title.

Dorrance led all scorers with 13 points; Matenaer tallied 11.

Holy Angels-White held off a 20-10 fourth quarter run by Port Catholic to keep the 7th grade fourth place trophy at home with a 46-43 win. Eric Gremonprez and Dan Mueller combined for 30 points for the Royals. In the seventh grade consolation game, Holy Angels-Blue got past St. Boniface, 50-43, behind the scoring of Raymond Wollner who connected for 33 points.

Final Standings for the 2004 Holy Angels Classic: 8th grade: 1st – Holy Angels-White; 2nd – Holy Angels-Blue; 3rd – Port Catholic; 4th – St. Kilian; 5th – Mother of Good Counsel; 6th – St. Frances Cabrini; 7th – Silverbrook; 8th – St. Mary. 7th grade: 1st – St. Kilian; 2nd – Badger; 3rd – St. Joseph; 4th – Holy Angels-White; 5th – St. Gabriel; 6th – Port Catholic; 7th – Holy Angels-Blue; 8th – St. Boniface.

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