SHEBOYGAN FALLS — In a tense back and forth matchup, the Sheboygan Falls boys basketball team squeezed out a 66-60 win at home against New Holstein.
The Falcons jumped out to an early 9-4 lead in the opening minutes of their senior night with the help of three consecutive three-pointers. The success behind the arc expanded, pushing Sheboygan Falls' lead to 16-5 and New Holstein to call a timeout.
The Huskies came charging back, going on a 6-0 run out of the timeout. Just moments later near the 10 minute mark, New Holstein had pulled within 13-16.
The Huskies finally went on to tie the game at 22 with just about two minutes remaining, but the Falcons maintained its composure—and shooting percentage—and took a 37-32 lead into the half. The Falcons finished with seven of its nine triples in the first half alone.
Sheboygan Falls expanded on its lead, going up 52-41 just under the 8:00 mark, forcing New Holstein into another timeout.
And sure enough, just like in the first half, the Huskies responded, slowly carving away at the lead and pulled within a single possession, 53-56 with 3:05 remaining.
After a series of traded turnovers and buckets, the Falcons held a narrow 61-60 lead with 1:26 remaining. Then, senior Jamison Nickolai decided to put on a show in his final home game.
Nickolai's final 1:00 series included an assist down low to classmate Malachi Munoz, a blocked shot on the other end the next possession, a free throw, steal and, finally, a dunk to bring home the 66-60 win in a tight, physical game.
Nickolai led Sheboygan Falls with 25 points and Munoz added 24. The two combined for all but five of the Falcons' 37 first-half points, which included four three-pointers by Munoz.
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Photos from the senior night ceremony:
Seniors honored were Thomas Murray (3), Jamison Nickolai (10), Carson Gierach (11), Dylan Grohskopf (23), Malachi Munoz (24) and Isaac Klemme (33).