In the first meeting between the two Central Wisconsin Conference-8 (CWC-8) rivals this season, the Amherst High School boys basketball team used a late run to close out a win over Pacelli at home Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The Falcons (3-1, 3-0) led throughout the second half, although Pacelli (2-4, 1-2) kept it close and still was within 46-41 with 1:51 to play.
However, Amherst answered with an 11-1 run to pull away down the stretch, and close out a 57-42 victory to remain in a tie atop the CWC-8 standings.
“It was a good situation to be in as far as pressure,” said Amherst boys basketball head coach Gregg Jensen. “They threw it on us pretty good some times, but when we got the ball in the middle of the floor with a guard, I thought we made some good decisions.”
“We tend to think like we can come and go with the game and turn on an intensity,” said Pacelli boys basketball head coach Brad Rutta. “You’ve got to have that intensity from the beginning, and I didn’t think we had that in the first half.
“We started to get it in the second half, but they’re fundamentally sound,” said Rutta of Amherst. “They’re skilled players and they can make plays, so even when they broke our pressure they were executing, and they just outplayed us.”