Onalaska boys suffer first loss on tip-in

2012-01-07T23:51:00Z Onalaska boys suffer first loss on tip-inTribune staff La Crosse Tribune
January 07, 2012 11:51 pm  • 

MINNEAPOLIS - A 3-point attempt at the buzzer didn't drop, and the Onalaska High School boys basketball team lost its first game of the season Sat-urday night at the Target Center.

Apple Valley, which is ranked fifth in Minnesota's biggest class (AAAA) held on to beat the Hilltoppers 66-64 as part of the Timberwolves Shootout.

Apple Valley (10-1) held the ball for a last shot in a tie game but missed it. But Mitch Hechsel was there to tip the ball in with 2 seconds left for the Eagles.

The Hilltoppers (9-1), ranked first in Wisconsin in Division 2 by The Associated Press, then completed a pass the length of the court to Nick Arenz. His defender gambled, going for the pass, and Arenz missed a 3-point attempt from about 21 feet out.

"It went right off the back of the iron," Onalaska coach Craig Kowal said. "He was open, but it didn't fall."

Junior guard Matt Thomas scored 33 points for Onalaska, which held its last lead with 1:20 left before a free throw by Apple Valley tied the score at 64.

Thomas scored 22 of his points in the second half, and teammate Clint Rihn made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points. Arenz scored 11.

Tyus Jones scored 18 to lead Apple Valley.


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