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Bulldogs outscore Comets

New London hits 13 threes

By Greg Seubert

The Waupaca boys’ basketball team headed into its annual matchup with New London hoping to snap a two-game losing streak.

Garret Locy had other ideas, however.

The junior guard hit five of his team’s 13 three-pointers and scored 22 of his game-high 29 points in the second half as the Bulldogs handed the Comets an 80-62 defeat Dec. 27.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 12 points in the first half before Justin Vaughn’s basket cut the lead to 33-27. New London then closed the half with a 8-2 run to take a 41-29 lead at the break.

Three-pointers from Vaughn and Shaun Anderson helped cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 45-37 early in the second half, but Locy responded by scoring his team’s next 11 points. His fourth three of the game gave New London its biggest lead at 56-39.

“We talked about wanting to remain competitive in every single game that we play,” coach Ethan Dayton said. “I thought we were for the most part, but you have to tip your cap to Garret Locy. He was phenomenal tonight. He started making some big shots in the second half. He’s very, very hard to guard and he proved that he can take over a game in the second half.”

Locy added two more threes that gave the home team a 65-44 lead and Waupaca never got any closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

Hunter Marcom and Vaughn led Waupaca with 17 and 15 points, respectively. The Comets also connected on eight of 20 three-point shots.

“Justin’s looking to be more aggressive now that Brandon (Wanty) has been out for a couple of games,” Dayton said. “He understands that he has to shoulder more of the load. We’re fine once we get that ball moving. Everyone can contribute in some way, shape or form. It’s just that we have to buy in on the defensive end.

“I know we have guys that are proven scorers on our team,” he added. “We’re able to put the ball in the hoop enough times to win basketball games. It’s going to come down to the defensive end for us. If we give up 80 points, it’s going to be very hard for us to win a basketball game. One thing we’ve been focusing on is on-ball defense, staying in front of your man. Even if he doesn’t get all the way to the rim and score, he’s going to be able to get in the paint and get a kick for an easy, wide-open three.”

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New London's Garret Locy guards Waupaca's Shaun Anderson. Anderson scored nine points for the Comets, but Locy hit five of his team's 13 three-pointers and scored 27 points in the Bulldogs' 80-62 win. Greg Seubert Photo

New London made 11 of 22 free throws, while the Comets missed all five of their attempts.

“We’d like to get to the line a little more,” Dayton said. “There’s an aggressive team and when you get blown by, you’re susceptible to foul with that second-layer defense. They took advantage of that and we, unfortunately, did not get to the line very often tonight.”

The Comets hosted Rhinelander Dec. 28 and will return to North Eastern Conference play at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Marinette.


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