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Wellington 65, Lutheran West 52
By Peter Koza  | staff
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lutheran West went down to the Dukes from Wellington, 65 to 52. The score doesn’t tell the whole story, however. The game was lost at the free throw line and with turnovers. Lutheran West shut down two of the key players that Coach Alan Januzzi showed concern for, keeping  Wellington’s senior guard, Nathan Starkey, to just three points heading into halftime. They also kept senior forward Jason Perry to just three field goals the entire game. Heading into halftime, the Longhorns had the momentum, being only down four heading into halftime against the Conference leading Dukes (9-1).
Yet again, Lutheran West came out slow to start the second half, and fouls plagued them throughout the sixteen minutes of play. The third quarter slipped away from the Longhorns, heading into the fourth with a fifteen point deficit. In the fourth, the Longhorns battled back, and sophomore guard Greg Kunze led a run with six points, and two of the captains, junior Chris Ranc and senior Shane Elkins added ten points, five apiece, to the run. “In the second half it started to get away from us,” said Januzzi after the game. “But the kids battled right back.” 
Unfortunately the run fell short as Wellington put the game away at the free throw line, winning by a 65-52 margin.
What really hurt the Longhorns and was the difference in free throws and turnovers. At the end of the game, the marginal difference was tremendous. Wellington shot 32 free throws, and the Longhorns just 8. In the turnover category, the Dukes had 8, whereas the Longhorns had 19. One of Coach Januzzi’s messages to his team throughout the game was to slow down on the offensive end.  In the final total, Lutheran West oddly had more field goals than the Dukes yet lost by 13. The reason can be found in the turnover and free throw disparity between the two teams.
The final contributor to the tough loss for Lutheran West would probably be the fact that two of their leading scorers were held to less than ten points. Elkins and senior captain Ricky Downer, who both had huge games against Black River, were held to just 9 and 4 points respectively. The Longhorns leading scorer was Junior center Dan Hillenbrand, who contributed 12 points for Lutheran West.
The Longhorns travel to Fairview on Friday to take on the rival Warriors.
Tue 12/6/11
L, 61-49
Fri 12/9/11
L, 67-64
Tue 12/13/11
L, 67-59
Fri 12/16/11
W, 68-60
Tue 12/20/11
W, 57-44
Tue 1/3/12
W, 82-39
Fri 1/6/12
L, 53-51
Tue 1/10/12
L, 66-59
Fri 1/13/12
W, 68-65
Tue 1/17/12
L, 77-64
Fri 1/20/12
L, 68-64
Tue 1/24/12
L, 83-66
Fri 1/27/12
W, 83-58
Tue 1/31/12
L, 65-52
Fri 2/3/12
L, 59-56
Tue 2/7/12
L, 71-62
Fri 2/10/12
L, 82-69
2011-12 Coach Alan Januzzi
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