Dominant Raccoons Look To Take The Throne
February 17, 2016
The boys varsity basketball team has been unstoppable in conference play this year. 9-0 in conference, and only five games left, they look to end Wisconsin Lutheran’s run of 10 straight conference titles.
Jonah Samp is a senior on the Oconomowoc basketball team, so I asked him about a confidence booster the team had gotten during the season; “The first two games of the season, losing two back to back, that killed us mentally…now we know that every game means something” said Samp.
The team is getting contributions from many guys, especially senior captain Ethan Wegner. “We all know that every team is gunning for us, and we embrace that… as long as we know how to handle our lead in the conference mentally, I think we’ll be just fine” Wegner said.
The boys just finished up beating Wisconsin Lutheran for the second time this season, this time it was at Wisconsin Lutheran’s place. This was the first time since 2004 that Oconomowoc defeated Wisconsin Lutheran twice in the same season.
Zach Clayton finished against Wisconsin Lutheran with 31 points, 15 of them coming from behind the three point line, and 8 for 8 from the free throw line. His performance sparked the Raccoons, and helped fuel them to victory. Clayton is leading the team in scoring with 16.6 points per game and his ability to shoot the three and drive to the hoop makes him very difficult to stop.
“In the beginning of the year the chemistry was hard to come by…we all believe in one another, and we all know our roles” Clayton said.
Every player on this team matters. Especially coming into the end of the season, some players have had the opportunity for extra minutes that they haven’t had before. Players are getting injured, or getting in foul trouble, so many need to step up. This is huge for the basketball program, especially with playoffs coming up soon.
This team is still going strong and they are looking to win the rest of their games so they can stay undefeated in conference and take down Wisconsin Lutheran on the top of the pack.