By Morgan Luedy
Friday night the Wildcats took their second Firelands Conference loss to St. Paul. Both teams now have a conference record of 10-2 and are tied for the conference title thus far.
The score was tight throughout the entire game. New London was up at halftime 23-20, the Flyers stepped up in the second half and outscored the ‘Cats 17-22. The score was 40-42 with just seconds left on the clock, and the Wildcat’s had possession of the ball. Karson Howell was forced to shoot a heavily guarded jump shot, but the buzzer beater attempt did not fall, giving the Flyers a 42-40 victory.
The ‘Cats put in a team effort with seven players scoring while St. Paul had only four players score. Leading New London was Ryan Lane with 18 points (four three-pointers), seven rebounds, and three steals. Howell put up eight points, six of those points off his two three-pointers. Jake Gerlak had five points and five assists. Jacob Molnar and Weston Eibel each had three points and Justin Marshall and Billy Woodmancy added two points a piece.
New London then played the following night and breezed past Black River in a 73-45 victory. The ‘Cats shot an impressive 47 percent from the field and outrebounded the Pirates 33-23.
Ryan Lane lead the team with 21 points and Howell dropped 20 points on the night. Woodmancy and Molnar scored six points each. Colin Cole had five points while Dane Matthews added three. Both Weston Eibel and Jake Gerlak scored two points.
The Wildcats now have an overall record of 15-4 and they will host Mapleton Friday night.