Newman’s Catholic Boys Basketball Wins Regional Title With Victory Over Spencer

Wausau Driver and Review

WAUSAU — No. 1 seed Wausau Newman Catholic jumped over Spencer early and ended the Rockets’ Cinderella playoffs with a 73-45 victory over the No. 13 seeded Rockets in a Finals WIAA Division 5 Regional on Saturday night at Newman Catholic High School.

Spencer, who picked up two road wins over No. 4 seeds Almond-Bancroft and No. 5 Port Edwards on Tuesday and Friday to start the playoffs, ran out of gas against the top-seeded Cardinals, who jumped to 42-17 lead at halftime.

Jackson Pfender made three 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half for Newman Catholic.

Mason Prey finished with a team-high 19 points, Isaac Seidel added 14 and Jacob Pfiffner had 10 of his 12 points in the first half for the Cardinals.

Kaleb Brandt scored five 3-pointers, four in the second half, and had a game-high 22 points for Spencer (9-18). Noah Schultz added 13 points, going 6 for 6 from the free throw line.

Newman Catholic (20-7) will face Marshfield Columbus Catholic (23-4) in a Division 5 Section semifinal on Thursday at a venue to be determined.

Cardinals 73, Rockets 45
Spencer 17 28 – 45
Newman Catholic 42 31 – 73
SPENCER (45):
Noah Schultz 3 6-6 13, Nathan Rucker 0 4-4 4, Luke Roehrborn 2 0-1 4, Caleb Rucker 0 0-2 0, Carson Schmidt 0 0-2 0, Kaleb Brandt 5 7-11 22, Reed Knecht 0 0-2 0, Degan Kind 0 0-2 0, Carter Luepke 1 0-0 2. FG: 11. FT: 17-40. 3 points: 6 (Brandt 5, Schultz 1). File: 9-18.
CATHOLIC NEWMAN (73): Mason Prey 8 3-3 19, Jackson Pfender 6 0-0 17, Zongcha Lo 1 0-0 3, Connor Krach 0 0-0 0, Jacob Pfiffner 5 1-2 12, Owen Sullivan 2 0-1 4, Isaac Seidel 3 7-9 14, Eli Gustafson 1 0-0 2, Charlie Shields 1 0-1 2. FG: 27. FT: 11-16. 3 points: 8 (Pfender 5, Lo 1, Pfiffner 1, Seidel 1). File: 20-7.

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