SHEBOYGAN FALLS — Sheboygan Falls outscored Two Rivers 33-14 in the second half Tuesday night to win 56-39 and advance in the WIAA Division 2 Boys Basketball Sectional.
The Falcons will face the top-seeded Denmark Vikings on Friday at 7 p.m. in Denmark in the next round.
After a first half in which neither team led by more than six points, the Falcons used a stifling defense to stop the three-point attack that gave the Raiders a 25-23 halftime lead. Four of Two Rivers’ seven first half threes came from senior guard Cameron Daffner, who was held scoreless in the second half.
“We came out with good energy, and took away their shooters from the outside,” said Falcons Head Coach Jake Frohling, who was pleased with his team’s defensive effort.
After Two Rivers hit a three on the first possession of the second half to lead 28-23, Sheboygan Falls went on a 23-4 run to take a commanding 46-32 lead with 6:58 left in the game. The run started with a reverse layup and corner three from senior forward Dylan Grohskopf, and ended with a triple from the left wing by senior guard Jamison Nickolai, who finished with 14 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.
The Falcons’ defense continued to frustrate Two Rivers’ shooters for the rest of the game, as the Raiders were unable to regain the rhythm they had in the first half. On the offensive end, Sheboygan Falls wore down the Raiders’ defense with second chance opportunities and high-percentage points in the paint.
The Falcons’ dominance in the paint was a key to their success all night long, as Malachi Munoz overpowered the Raiders on both ends. The senior forward finished with a team-high 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.
“We like to get the ball inside to him. He has good size and moves. Our shooters opened up the middle, and he did a nice job inside,” said Sheboygan Falls head coach Jake Frohling of Munoz.
Daffner led Two Rivers in scoring with 14 points, all in the first half, while Jayden Kiphart scored 12 for the Raiders.