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Comets, Polar Bears edge New London boys

The Bulldogs came up on the short end of a 75-79 score in their non-conference game against the Waupaca Comets.

New London had a big lead after one quarter, but Waupaca closed the gap gradually over the next two frames, taking the lead in the fourth quarter.

Both teams traded big baskets down the stretch, but Waupaca was able to pull out the victory behind solid free throw shooting.

Chris Steingraber scored 17 points to lead New London, while Luke Listle added 14 points while shooting four of eight from 3-point range.

Ryan Wolf and Jake Pinch both scored 13 for the Bulldogs, while Devon Garbers added eight, Caleb Chmielewski scored five, Hunter Sullivan netted three, and Jake Thomas tallied two.

New London was outrebounded 26-15 by Waupaca.

New London made 28 of 55 shots from the field (50.9 percent), while Waupaca made 27 of 53 (50.9 percent). The difference came at the free throw line, where Waupaca made 15 of 18 (83.3 percent), while New London made 10 of 16 (62.5 percent).

The Bulldogs hit nine shots from 3-point range, while the Comets made 10 from long distance.

“Poor defense and poor rebounding cost us a chance to win,” said Coach Ken Jagiello.

Hortonville 54, New London 31

Cold shooting hurt the Bulldogs as they lost their neighborly rivalry game to the Hortonville Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears made 21 of 61 shots (34.4 percent) while the Bulldogs made 10 of 44 (22.7 percent). Hortonville made six 3-point shots, compared to New London’s two.

The Polar Bears outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-31. They also had 12 assists, while New London had just five assists. The Polar Bears also notched 10 steals, while New London had none.

New London had 13 turnovers, while the Polar Bears turned the ball over five times.

Steingraber had eight points to lead New London, while Listle scored seven. Pinch tallied four, while Garbers and Wolf scored three each.

Chmielewski and Thomas scored two each, while Sullivan and Maurice Williams each scored one.

The Bulldogs play at home on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7:15 p.m.

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