The Wittenberg-Birnamwood boys basketball team let one slip away on Monday night, as it led its non-conference game with Shawano the entire way, that is until three minutes remained.
“We didn’t hit our free throws down the stretch or capitalize on good looks close to the basket the last few minutes of the game,” head coach Garrett Rogowski said. “Defensively we played well in spurts but it really came down to free throw shooting.”
Those free throw numbers weren’t pretty for the Chargers, converting 13-of-22, which also included some key late misses.
Ben Weselowski did have a nice night of offense for Wittenberg-Birnamwood, as he ended with a team-high 18 points, including a pair of three-point baskets.
Simon Schairer also hit double digits with 13 points, while Ben Flak added nine and Max Fraaza had seven. Kaden Schmidt contributed four points, while Mason Meverden knocked down a free throw.
Shawano was led by the one-two scoring punch of Michael Metcalf-Grassman and Jacob Landon, who went for 19 points each.
Ethan Schwitzer was the third Hawk in double-digit scoring with 10 points.
The loss dipped the Chargers’ season mark below the .500 mark at 5-6 overall. Shawano improved to 7-4.
Next up for Wittenberg-Birnamwood is a return to Central Wisconsin East Conference play on Friday, taking on Weyauwega-Fremont at home.
Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School
Monday, Dec. 10, 2022
Shawano 28 37— 65
Witt-Birn 31 27— 58
Shawano- Michael Metcalf-Grassman 19, Jacob Landon 19, Ethan Schwitzer 10, Jayden Van Oss 8, Deacon Carroll 4, Gage Gorman 3, Luke Guenthner 2
Wittenberg-Birnamwood- Ben Wesolowski 18, Simon Schairer 13, Ben Flak 9, Max Fraaza 7, Jack Fraaza 6, Kaden Schmidt 4, Mason Meverden 1
Shawano- 7-4, 3-2 Bay
Wittenberg-Birnamwood- 5-6, 2-1 CWC East