UW-Fox Valley Men's Basketball
Saturday/Sunday WCC State Tournament at UW-Marathon
(Wausau) The UW-Fox (23-3) men's basketball team followed up their WCC-East regular season title by defeating UW-Manitowoc (20-7) 79-49 on Sunday afternoon to claim the 2013 WCC Tournament championship. The Cyclones also won the tournament championship in 2011, and have won three straight WCC-East regular season titles.
The win was the 17th straight for UW-Fox, which last lost at UW-Manitowoc on December 10th 77-82. The Blue Devils finished the regular season in second place in the WCC-East. They earned a berth in the tournament championship game by beating UW-Marshfield, the WCC-West regular season champion in the semi-final on Saturday night.
Like the night before the Cyclones got off to a fast start on offense. Jon Braeger and Trevor Krizenesky, who both earned all-tournament honors, each knocked down 2 three-point field goals to help push the Cyclones out to a 43-27 halftime lead. UW-Fox shot 61% overall in the opening half, connected on 7 of their 12 three-point field goals, and made all 8 of their free-throws.
The Blue Devils cut the margin to 43-32 to open the second half, but Trevor Smith scored on back to back possessions to jump start the Cyclones. A steal and lay-up by Jordan Kaufman and a Jon Schlaver lay-in off a DJ Rhodes pass pushed the lead to 55-37 with just under 13 minutes left to play. The Blue Devils wouldn't get any closer the rest of the way.
Rhodes led the Cyclones with 20 points. Besides scoring 14 points Braeger had 3 assists, 2 steals, and countless hustle plays for UW-Fox. Trevor Smith closed out his Cyclone career by hitting all 5 of his field goal attempts for 11 points. Krizenesky had 10 points to go with 7 assists and Jon Schlaver had 10 points to go along with 6 rebounds.
The Cyclones had just 10 turnovers and shot 60% overall for the game. Their defense held Blue Devil guard Tevin Taylor to just 12 points after he had scored 30 the night before. They also forced 18 UW-Manitowoc turnovers. UW-Fox finishes the season 23-3 overall.
Saturday Game at UW-Barron
UW-Fox Holds Off UW-Barron
(Rice Lake) Trevor Krizenesky scored 12 of his game high 15 points in the second half to lead UW-Fox to a 69-67 come from behind victory over UW-Barron on Saturday. His runner along the baseline gave the Cyclones their first lead of the second half at 51-50.
UW-Fox made 7 of their 16 first half 3-point field goals, good for 44%. However, 14 turnovers negated the shooting success and had the Cyclones down 29-35 at the half.
It was the Cyclones fourth game in 6 days, and it showed on the defensive end in the opening half. UW-Fox lacked the tenacity and execution on defense that had marked their last 7 victories. The closest being a 14 point win back on January 16th.
Down 31-41 UW-Fox guard Jon Braeger hit a 3-point basket to start a 22-9 Cyclone run. Krizenesky and Trevor Smith would account for the next 19 UW-Fox points, with Krizenesky scoring 10 straight.
The Cyclones would build their lead to 68-60 and hold off a late UW-Barron rally. The Chargers cut the lead to 2 with :03 seconds remaining on an offensive rebound put back, but the Cyclones safely inbounded and dribbled out the clock to seal the win.
Smith grabbed a team high 6 rebounds to go with 13 points. Cameron Schaefer provided a big lift off the bench for UW-Fox with 12 points. He and Jordan Kaufman also helped energize the Cyclone defense in the second half. Braeger finished with 11 points and DJ Rhodes 10 for the visiting Cyclones.
UW-Fox (18-3, 8-2) returns home on Monday night for their final regular season home game, a 7:30pm tip-off against UW-Washington. The UW-Fox Student Association will be sponsoring a $10,000 half-court shot at halftime. The Cyclones will also honor 2nd year player Trevor Smith and his parents before the game.
Thursday Game at UW-Sheboygan
(Sheboygan) The UW-Fox men's basketball team, with the help of Lamers Bus Service, battled their way to UW-Sheboygan for a WCC-East match-up that was snowed out on January 30th. The Cyclones defeated the Wombats 83-53 for their 11th straight win. It was the Cyclones third game in 4 days.
Balanced scoring and a tenacious defense have been a big part of the Cyclones recent success and that continued against the Wombats. UW-Fox had eight players score between 7 and 11 points. Jon Braeger and Jordan Kaufman led the way with 11 each. Trevor Smith had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. The Cyclones connected on 10 of 11 free-throw attempts, forced 27 Wombat turnovers, and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds.
UW-Fox is now 17-3 overall, 8-2 in the WCC-East. The Cyclones will hit the road again on Saturday when they travel to Rice Lake for a 3pm tip-off against UW-Barron.
Wednesday Game vs. UW-Manitowoc
(Menasha) In a matchup of teams tied for first place in the WCC-East the UW-Fox men's basketball team avenged their December loss at UW-Manitowoc with an 86-45 victory on Wednesday night. Jon Schlaver hit all 5 of his first half shots, and DJ Rhodes all 6 of his free-throws to help the Cyclones to a 45-22 halftime lead. The Cyclone defense held UW-Manitowoc to 30% shooting in the first half and forced 13 Blue Devil turnovers.
In the second half UW-Fox guard Trevor Krizenesky converted 2 early steals into lay-ups to spark the Cyclones who would never look back. The Cyclones shot 63.6% in the second half and held the Blue Devils to just 2/20 shooting from three-point range in the game. The UW-Fox bench scored 54 points in the win.
Schlaver led the Cyclones with 12 points and also grabbed 7 rebounds, while Jon Braeger chipped in with 11 points. Cameron Schaefer also scored 9 points for the Cyclones, and Sam Schreiber led UW-Fox with 9 rebounds to go along with his 8 points. Jordan Kaufman recorded 9 deflections and 5 steals to help Krizenesky lead the UW-Fox defense.
UW-Fox moves to 16-3 overall, 7-2 in the WCC-East. The Blue Devils fall to 15-6 (8-3). UW-Fox will travel to UW-Sheboygan tomorrow night for a 7pm tip-off against the Wombats. The game is a make up of last Wednesday's game, which was postponed due to the weather.
The Cyclones were reminded that basketball is just a game on Wednesday and played with heavy hearts. Trevor Krizenesky's Uncle passed away unexpectedly today while at work. His Uncle was a loyal fan and had been at all but one UW-Fox game this season. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy go out to the Krizenesky Family and the Brillion Community for their loss.
Monday Game vs. UW Waukesha
Cyclones Beat UW-Waukesha
(Menasha) Jon Schlaver and Jon Braeger led four Cylcones in double figures with 15 and 14 points respectively as the UW-Fox men's basketball team played its best game of the year in defeating UW-Waukesha 63-44. The Cyclones honored retiring UW-Waukesha head Coach Neal Nelson before the game. Nelson has guided the Cougar program for 30 years and his 530-196 record earned him a spot in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Hall-of-Fame this past October.
The Cyclones jumped out to a 33-24 halftime lead on the strength of their quickness and swarming defense, which forced 11 Cougar turnovers. Schlaver scored 10 first half points and was the recipient of several Trevor Krizenesky assists, who himself had 7 first half points.
In the second half UW-Waukesha closed to within 50-42 on a 3-point basket by Brandon St. George, but the Cyclones responded with a 13-2 run to finish the game. DJ Rhodes hit a 3-point field goal as the shot clock wound down and Jordan Kaufman hit a driving lay-up in transition to put the Cyclones up 56-42.
Krizenesky finished with 11 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Rhodes finished with 10 points and led UW-Fox with 6 rebounds. Kaufman recorded 5 assists and 3 steals, while Trevor Smith collected 5 rebounds and also had 3 assists.
UW-Fox moves to 14-3 overall and 6-2 in the WCC-East. UW-Waukesha drops to 10-5, 5-4. The Cyclones are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to UW-Sheboygan for a 7pm tip-off against the Wombats.
Friday Game vs. Fox Valley Tech
Cyclones Defeat Foxes
(Menasha) The UW-Fox men's basketball team defeated Fox Valley Technical College 81-62 on Friday night. The Cyclones would lead from start to finish after jumping out to a 6-0 lead on back to back 3-point field goals by Trevor Krizenesky and Sam Schreiber.
UW-Fox raced out to a 44-22 halftime lead. The Cyclones connected on 8 of their 14 first half 3-point field goal attempts, and converted several steals into easy baskets.
In the second half Fox Valley Technical College used an aggressive 1-3-1 defense to disrupt the Cyclones offense and cut the lead to 61-49. Jon Braeger ended the run with a 3-point field goal, and the Cyclones settled down the rest of the way. They shot 86.7% from the free-throw line for the game, including 11 for 13 in the second half.
Jon Braeger and DJ Rhodes paced UW-Fox with 19 points each, while Schreiber finished with 11. Braeger also recorded 4 assists and 4 steals. Joe Perez provided a lift to the Cyclones in the second half with several offensive rebounds and hustle plays.
Josh Rieth and Darius Banks led Fox Valley Technical College in scoring with 22 and 15 points respectively. The Foxes fall to 7-16 on the season.
The Cyclones record moves to 13-3 (5-2). They return to action on Monday night at 7:30pm when they host UW-Waukesha in a key WCC-East match-up. Monday will be longtime UW-Waukesha Coach Neal Nelson's final trip to UW-Fox. The dean of WCC coaches is retiring after leading the Cougar men's basketball program for 30 years.
Wednesday Game vs. UW-Marinette
Late Comeback Lifts Cyclones
(Menasha) The UW-Fox men's basketball team overcame a 5 point deficit in the final 3:20 seconds of their WCC-East match-up with UW-Marinette to post a 74-68 victory. Trevor Krizenesky connected on two drives to the basket in the final stretch. The last one a runner off the glass that gave the Cyclones their first lead of the second half at 69-68.
UW-Fox clamped down defensively in the final two minutes to help secure the win. DJ Rhodes and Trevor Smith teamed up to hit 4 consecutive free-throws to close out the scoring for the Cyclones. The final two were set up by a Jon Schlaver steal with :13 seconds remaining.
Rhodes, Schlaver, Krizenesky, and Jordan Kaufman all hit double figures for the Cyclones. Rhodes connected on 9 of 11 free-throws, Schlaver pulled down 14 rebounds, Kaufman had 5 steals, and Smith recorded 4 assists to go along with 5 steals.
UW-Fox forced 27 Buccaneer turnovers, but struggled to convert them into points. UW-Marinette shot better than 58% for the game. They were led in scoring by Jonte Wells and Josh Corry who recorded 18 and 17 points respectively.
The Cyclone men improve to 12-3 overall, 5-2 in the WCC-East. They will play host to Fox Valley Technical College on Friday night. Tip-off at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse is set for 7pm.
Saturday Game vs. UW-Rock
Late Game Run Lifts Cyclones
(Menasha) The UW-Fox men's basketball team found themselves down 47-54 with just over 7 minutes remaining in their match-up with UW-Rock on Wednesday night. Jon Braeger then hit a three-point field goal that served as the catalyst for an 18-3 run the Cyclones would use to finish out the game on their way to a 65-57 come from behind victory over the Rattlers.
In a game of momentum and runs the Cyclones had a pair of 9 point leads in the first half. They led 21-12, before some listless play on both offense and defense, and a careless turnover at the end of the half had them down 28-31. The Rattlers hit on 50% of their field goal attempts in the opening half, while the struggling Cyclones managed only 38%.
UW-Rock led the entire second half, but the lead never grew to more than 7 points. With the Cyclones down 52-54 Braeger hit another three-point field goal to finally give the Cyclones back the lead at 55-54. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
Braeger finished with a game high 33 points to lead UW-Fox. Matt Lehner and Jon Schlaver each chipped in with 9 points. Jordan Kaufman had 7 points to go along with a season high 8 steals and 10 deflections. The Cyclones forced 24 Rattler turnovers.
UW-Fox improves to 9-3 on the season. They will host UW-Marshfield on Wednesday January 16th. Tip-off is set for 7:30pm in the UW-Fox Fieldhouse.
Saturday Game vs. UW-Baraboo
UW-Fox Downs UW-Baraboo
The Cyclones (8-3) downed the Fighting Saints 90-58 in the final game of the UW-Fox JUCO Classic. Four UW-Fox players finished in double figures led by Jon Braeger's 15 points.
A defensive play three minutes into Saturday's action sparked UW-Fox. Guard Trevor Krizenesky created a deflection, dove after the loose ball and pushed it ahead to a streaking Jon Braeger who converted the steal into a lay-up.
The play ignited a 10-0 run and catapulted the Cyclones to a 53-25 half-time advantage. It was the best half of basketball UW-Fox has played this season.
The Cyclones shot 57% from the floor, grabbed 8 offensive rebounds, and forced 16 UW-Baraboo turnovers in the opening half. Braeger and Jon Schlaver each had 12 points to pace the UW-Fox attack.
Krizenesky finished with 14 points, 5 assists, and 4 steals for UW-Fox. Sam Schreiber added 11 points, Trevor Smith 6 assists, and Matt Lehner 6 rebounds for the Cyclones. UW-Fox had a season high 24 assists and converted 47% of their three-point attempts.
UW-Fox will head into 2013 with an 8-3 overall record. They will play host to UW-Rock on Wednesday January 9th at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.
Friday Game vs. UW-Barron
UW-Fox Beats UW-Barron
The UW-Fox men's basketball team beat UW-Barron 82-62 in the second game of the UW-Fox JUCO classic on Friday night at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse. Jon Braeger paved the way for the Cyclones with 24 points, including 16 in the second half.
UW-Fox jumped out to a 49-33 lead early in the second half on a Sam Schreiber free-throw. However, the Chargers put together a run that would tie the score at 54-54 with under 10 minutes to play.
That is when Braeger took over. His 3-point field goal from the left corner gave the Cyclones back the lead at 57-54. Over the next three minutes he would bury three more three-point field goals, convert a steal into a lay-up with a nifty crossover move, and draw a charge on defense.
Once Braeger was done, Jordan Kaufman would hit a pull-up jumper, Trevor Krizenesky would hit a driving lay-up, and Matt Lehner converted on two lay-up attempts to seal the win for the Cyclones.
Trevor Smith aided the UW-Fox cause with 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Kaufman was also in double figures with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Schreiber pulled down a season high 10 rebounds.
Ryan McDermott and Murdock Smith paced the Chargers with 14 points each.
UW-Fox moves to 7-3 overall on the season. The Cyclones will play host to UW-Baraboo tomorrow (Saturday) on day 2 of the UW-Fox JUCO Classic. Tip-off is set for 4pm. UW-Barron will take on Fox Valley Technical College at 2pm. That game is also at UW-Fox.
Monday Game at UW-Manitowac
Cyclones Fall Short Against UW-Manitowoc
With first place in the WCC-East on the line the UW-Fox men's basketball team fell to UW-Manitowoc 82-77 in Manitowoc on Monday night. The Blue Devils used a 43-28 rebounding advantage to defeat the Cyclones. UW-Fox also allowed UW-Manitowoc to shoot almost 52% for the game.
The loss overshadowed the play of Jon Braeger who led UW-Fox with 29 points. The first year guard connected on 7 of 15 three-point attempts. Trevor Smith and Matt Lehner also chipped in with 14 points each for the Cyclones. Tevin Taylor led the Blue Devils with 27 points.
With the loss UW-Fox falls to 8-3 overall, 4-2 in the WCC-East, while UW-Manitowoc moves to 6-0 in the WCC-East. The Cyclones will resume action on December 28th when they host UW-Barron in the first day of the UW-Fox JUCO Classic. Tip-off is set for 7pm.
Wednesday Game at UW-Fond du Lac
UW-Fox Downs UW-Fond du Lac
Jon Braeger poured in 26 points to lead the UW-Fox men's basketball team to a 72-57 home victory over UW-Fond du Lac at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse. The Cyclones were coming off of one of their worst losses since the 2008-2009 season.
UW-Fox turned up their defensive intensity to open the second half. An 18-2 run catapulted them out to a 56-34 lead. The run was fueled by several steals and transition baskets. Jordan Kaufman had 5 steals and Trevor Smith 4 to lead the Cyclones. As a team UW-Fox recorded 19 steals for the game, the most since Lee Rabas took over as head coach in 2009.
Braeger connected on 6 three-point field goals and shot 50% for the game. His 16 first half point helped the Cyclones jump out to a 38-32 half-time lead.
Matt Lehner chipped in with 14 points for UW-Fox. Smith and Kaufman also added 7 and 5 assists respectively for the Cyclones.
With the win the Cyclones move to 6-2 overall, 4-1 in the WCC-East. They will close out their slate of games before finals with a visit to 8-1 (5-0) UW-Manitowoc on Monday December 10th. That game is scheduled for a 7:30pm tip-off in Manitowoc.
Monday Game at UW-Marshfield
Marauders Defeat Cyclones
(Marshfield) The UW-Fox men's basketball team was soundly defeated by UW-Marshfield on Monday night 79-59. The Cyclones struggled to find their rhythm offensively and were unable to deal with the Marauders size inside.
UW-Fox shot just 31% overall for the game while UW-Marshfield converted on 47% of their field goal attempts. The Cyclones connected on only 5 of their 24 three-point attempts (20.8%). The Marauders also pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to help their cause.
Matt Lehner and Sam Schreiber led the Cyclones in scoring with 15 and 14 points respectively. They also pulled down 7 rebounds each to lead in that category. Nick August also chipped in with 10 points. Cain Trunkel led UW-Marshfield with 25 points, while Jesse Bejcek finished with 16.
With the loss the Cyclones move to 5-2 overall, and remain 3-1 in the WCC-East. They will return to action on Wednesday night December 5th when they host UW-Fond du Lac at 7:30pm in the UW-Fox Fieldhouse.
Friday Game at UW-Washington
The UW-Fox men’s basketball team defeated UW-Washington 71-43 on Friday evening in West Bend. The Cyclones jumped out to a 43-17 first half lead on the strength of their defense and balanced scoring. Seven Cyclones scored in the first half paced by Jon Braeger and Matt Lehner, who each tallied 9 points.
The Cyclone men hit all 8 of their free-throws in the opening half and allowed only 1 offensive rebound. In the second half UW-Fox controlled the tempo and pushed the lead to 59-21 on the strength of Trevor Krizenesky’s three 3-point field goals. UW-Washington also committed 23 turnovers to aid the Cyclones cause. Matt Lehner led the Cyclones in scoring with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Trevor Krizenesky and Jordan Kaufman also hit double figures with 15 and 10 respectively. Braeger, Nick August, and Trevor Smith each scored 9 points for UW-Fox. Smith also grabbed 7 rebounds and Kaufman recorded 5 steals.
The Cyclones improve their overall record to 5-1, 3-1 in the WCC-East. They will hit the road again on Monday as they travel to UW-Marshfield for a 7:30pm tip-off against the Maurauders.
Wednesday Game vs. UW-Marathon
UW-Fox recovered from a sluggish first half to post an 86-76 win over UW-Marathon on Wednesday night at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse. The Cyclones were coming off of an eight day rest after suffering their first loss at UW-Marinette.
The Huskies jumped out to a 39-35 halftime lead on the strength of 11 offensive rebounds and some lackluster Cyclone defense. Jon Braeger scored 11 first half points, and the Cyclones shot 47% in the opening half to keep things close.
UW-Fox played more inspired in the second half, especially on the defensive end. The Cyclones converted some early stops and steals into transition baskets. A three point basket by Nick August, which was set up by a Trevor Smith screen, gave the Cyclones their largest lead of the game at 15 points.
Matt Lehner led a balanced Cyclone attack with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Braeger finished with 16, and Trevor Krizenesky chipped in with 12 points, all in the second half. Sam Schreiber, Trevor Smith, Jordan Kaufman, and Nick August all finished with 8 or more points.
The Cyclones improve to 4-1 overall. They will travel to UW-Washington on Friday night for a WCC-East match-up. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.
Monday Game at UW-Marinette
The UW-Fox men's basketball team fell to UW-Marinette on Monday night 80-77. UW-Marinette guard Brandon Roby (Milwaukee) hit the last of his 5 three-point field goals from the deep right corner as the horn sounded to give the Buccaneers the comeback win. Roby and guard Jonte Wells (Chicago) combined to hit 9 three-point field goals for the Buccaneers.
The Cyclones led by as many as 18 points in the first half. UW-Fox turned several steals into easy baskets and got 13 points from Jordan Kaufman (Kaukauna). A Cyclone turnover and two bad defensive possessions allowed the Buccaneers a 6-0 run to end the half down just 39-29.
In the second half the Buccaneers scored first to cut the UW-Fox lead to single digits, but a Sam Schreiber (Appleton East) lay-up gave the Cyclones a 48-31 lead with a little more than 15 minutes remaining in the game. UW-Marinette would connect on 7 three-point field goals over the next 10 minutes to get back into the game. The Buccaneers were bolstered by 14 second half offensive rebounds and a lackluster UW-Fox offense. The Cyclones also failed to get defensive stops when they were needed.
Jon Braeger (Wrightstown) led UW-Fox with 21 points. Kaufman finished with a career high 16 points. After the disappointing loss the Cyclones head into the Thanksgiving break with a 3-1 overall record, 2-1 in the WCC-East. They will return to action on Wednesday November 28th when they host UW-Marathon.
Wednesday Game at UW-Waukesha
(Waukesha) For the second year in a row the UW-Fox men's basketball team gave up a late lead and let the Cougars tie the game in regulation. But, for the second year in a row the Cyclones pulled out the win in overtime 83-78. Trevor Krizenesky and Trevor Smith hit 4 free-throws in a row over the final 6 seconds to seal the UW-Fox win.
Krizenesky led UW-Fox with 23 points while Smith finished with 21 points and 5 rebounds. The two combined to shoot 5/10 from 3-point range and 11/11 from the free-throw line. Appleton East grad Sam Schreiber scored 15 points on 7/9 shooting, and his tip-in basket early in overtime jump started the Cyclones in the extra period.
Joe Perez sparked the Cyclones off the bench. He took two charges and scored 7 points. Two of his baskets came on offensive rebounds. Kaukauna's Jordan Kaufman chipped in with 10 points and 4 rebounds despite missing most of the first half with foul trouble.
The Cyclones shot 56.5% for the game and forced UW-Waukesha into 20 turnovers. UW-Fox also held UW-Waukesha to just 13 offensive rebounds after the Cougars had recorded 44 in their previous two games. With the win the Cyclones move to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the WCC-East. They will return to action next Monday (11/19) when they play at UW-Marinette.
Big Second Half Propels Cyclones
(Menasha) The UW-Fox (2-0,1-0) men's basketball team outscored UW-Richland (1-1,1-0) 46-24 in the second half to post a 76-49 non-conference win at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse on Saturday. The Roadrunners accounted for two of the Cyclones three losses last season.
UW-Richland jumped out to an early 11-4 lead, but a Nick August three-point field goal with just under 14 minutes remaining ignited a 12-4 Cyclone run capped off by a Trevor Krizenesky three-point field goal with 10:39 remaining in the first half. Jon Braeger knocked down two triples of his own during the run, which changed the games momentum, and gave the Cyclones their first lead at 16-13. One they wouldn't relinquish.
UW-Fox grabbed 7 offensive rebounds in the opening half. Matt Lehner converted two into easy baskets, and Krizenesky's basket at the buzzer helped UW-Fox to a 30-25 halftime lead.
In the second half the Cyclones connected on 8 of 13 three-point field goals, and shot 48.6% overall from the floor. Besides the warmed up shooting the Cyclones held the Roadrunners to 35.5% shooting overall and 0/4 from beyond the arc. UW-Fox committed only 3 turnovers, which helped aid their offensive production.
Krizenesky and Braeger paced UW-Fox with 18 points each, while Lehner came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 8 rebounds. Jordan Kaufman grabbed a game high 9 rebounds for the Cyclones. Sam Schreiber also grabbed 5 rebounds and helped hold returning all-conference performer Daryl Stewart to only 11 points.
UW-Fox (2-0, 1-0) travels to UW-Waukesha on Wednesday night for a 7:30pm tip-off. The Cyclones are the reigning WCC-East champions, while the Cougars won the 2012 WCC Tournament Championship.
UW-Fox beats UW-Sheboygan in Season Opener
The UW-Fox men's basketball team opened the 2012-2013 campaign with a 76-61 win over UW-Sheboygan. The game was the season opener and WCC-East opener for both teams.
The Cyclones jumped out to an early 6-0 lead as Brillion alum Trevor Krizenesky found former Olympian conference rival Jon Braeger for two transition lay-ups. Krizenesky handed out 6 assists on the night while recording only 1 turnover.UW-Sheboygan got their offense untracked with the help of guard Wes Meinen, who finished with a game high 24 points. The Wombats enjoyed a few short leads during the opening half, but the Cyclones closed the half on a 10-3 run to take a 36-31 lead.
UW-Fox turned several early second half stops and turnovers into easy baskets and quickly built a double digit lead that they would maintain throughout the second half. The Cyclones helped their cause by going 9/9 from the free-throw line, and received great contributions off the bench from Nick August and Matt Lehner.
Five Cyclones finished in double figures led by Krizenesky and Braeger who each scored 20 points. August and Lehner came off the bench to chip in 12 and 10 respectively, while Trevor Smith grabbed 6 rebounds to go along with 10 points.With the win UW-Fox moves to 1-0 on the season, 1-0 in the WCC-East. They will host UW-Richland on Saturday at 3pm in the UW-Fox Fieldhouse. The Roadrunners edged UW-Fox 70-67 in the WCC Tournament semi-finals last season to end the Cyclones season.
2012-2013 Season Preview
The UW-Fox men's basketball team will open the 2012-13 season by hosting UW-Sheboygan on Wednesday November 7th. Last season the Cyclones captured their second straight WCC-East conference championship, on their way to a 22-3 record (11-1 WCC-East). Since 2009-2010 the Cyclone Men's basketball program has posted a 70-10 overall record.
Despite the successful regular season, 2011-2012 ended in disappointment as the UW-Fox men lost to UW-Richland 67-70 in the WCC Tournament semi-finals. The loss kept the Cyclones from defending their 2011 WCC Tournament Championship, and a third straight end of season championship match-up with UW-Waukesha.
The Cyclones lost four starters from last season's team, and their entire bench. Included in the list of starters not back this season are first team all-conference performers Travis Puyleart (Green Bay Preble) and Korey Jageillo (New London).
Puyleart provided much of the scoring punch and vocal leadership in 2011-12, while Jagiello recorded ten double doubles on the season. Jagiello also was a rebounding and defensive stalwart for UW-Fox, and led the team in charges taken in each of his two seasons with the Cyclones. Both players were two year performers at UW-Fox.
Trevor Smith (Appleton North) is the lone returning starter and returner from last year's team. Despite tearing an ACL in the team's third practice, Smith started at point guard for a majority of the 2011-12 campaign, and recorded only 6 turnovers in 11 WCC-East games. The young Cyclones will lean on him for leadership, stability, and toughness.
Joining Smith is a pool of accomplished young guards led by former Olympian conference rivals Trevor Krizenesky (Brillion) and Jon Braeger (Wrightstown). Krizenesky started at point guard for Brillion H.S. and helped lead them to the WIAA Division 3 state championship in 2012. The former Lions point guard also played in this summer's WBCA (Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association) all-star games. Braeger averaged 10 points/game for a Tigers team that shared the Olympian Conference championship with Brillion and posted a 22-3 regular season record.
Others who will join the Cyclones in 2012-13 are Kaukauna guard Jordan Kaufman, Hortonville's Nick August, and Matt Lehner of Valley Christian. Kaufman was a starting guard for the Ghosts who won the 2012 FVA conference championship and advanced to the WIAA Division 2 state championship game. August earned 2nd team all-conference honors last season, and scored 12 points/game for a Hortonville squad that went 14-10 and finished 3rd in the Bay conference. Lehner averaged just under 20 points/game for the Warriors, and was a 1st team all-conference performer in the Trailways-North.
Other new Cyclones include Sam Schreiber (Appleton East), Zac Zeegers (Xavier), Joe Perez (Green Bay Southwest), Matt Wojtowicz (Kaukauna), and Eric Vandehey (Kimberly). UW-Fox plays all of their home games at the UW-Fox Fieldhouse on the campus of UW-Fox Valley. Their schedule can be found online.
Cyclones Earn Conference Honors
Travis Puyleart (Green Bay Preble) and Korey Jagiello (New London) have been named to the WCC-East All-Conference 1st Team for 2012-2013, while head coach Lee Rabas earned his 3rd Coach of the Year award. The two sophomores and their coach helped lead UW-Fox to a second straight conference championship this past season, a 22-3 overall record, and a berth in the WCC Tournament semi-finals.
Puyleart averaged 13.4 points and 5 rebounds per game in WCC-East play. He shot 35% from three-point range, and turned into a top perimeter defender. He hit clutch shots in a 21 point effort at UW-Waukesha to seal at least a tie for the conference title, a nd had a career night with 38 points (13/21 shooting, 7/12 from three) to earn the title outright in beating UW-Sheboygan.
Jagiello was one of the conferences most consistent post players on both offense and defense. He averaged 13.4 points on 61% field goal shooting, pulled down 6.8 rebounds per game, and drew 15 charges on defense. He recorded 3 double-doubles in WCC-East play.
Rabas was named the WCC-East coach of the year for the third time in 3 years. He helped guide the Cyclones to a second WCC-East conference championship and 22-3 overall record. During his three seasons at the helm of the UW-Fox program the Cyclones have posted a 70-10 overall record, and a 32-4 conference record.
- 2012-2013 Season Summary
- Cyclones Fall in WCC Semi-Final
- UW-Fox Advances In WCC Tournament
- Cyclones Defeat UW-Marshfield
- Cyclones Earn Thrilling Overtime Victory
- Cyclones Beat UW-Richland
- UW-Fox Men Get Road Win
- December Team Picture