Landon Lemke

Peshtigo’s Landon Lemke scores two of his game-high 17 points against Sevastopol on Tuesday.

Sports writer

PESHTIGO—The Peshtigo boys basketball team trounced Sevastopol in the second half to pick up another Packerland Conference win, 75-33.

With the win, the Bulldogs retained a share of first place in the Packerland at 8-1 in league play (13-3 overall). Sevastopol is still looking for its first conference victory at 0-8 (3-12 overall).

The Pioneers kept the score relatively close in the first half. An 11-0 Bulldog run bookended by three’s from Mason Doberstein and Landon Lemke midway through the period was the difference as Peshtigo took a 33-21 lead to the locker room.

“For some reason we have a hard time getting up for every game,” Peshtigo coach Jason Boucher said. “I tried switching up the starting lineup tonight just to see if we could get a little more spark, but give Sevastopol credit, they hung in there and they played hard all the time.”

The second half was an entirely different story.

Kaine Fort scored and was fouled on the opening possession of the half. Fort missed the free throw, but the Bulldogs snared the rebound and Christian Boyle drained a three to give Peshtigo five points before the Pioneers got the ball.

Before Sevastopol could blink, Peshtigo had posted a 15-2 run, stretched its lead to 47-23, and the route was on.

“We picked it up in the second half,” Boucher said. “Our defense was tremendous in the second half. We kept people out of the paint, we rebounded the basketball, and when we share the basketball like that on offense we’re tough to stop.”

The Bulldogs continued to pull away, outscoring the Pioneers 42-12 in the second half.

Another Doberstein three pushed the margin to 30-points, 59-29, midway through the period.

Later, Kavin Kleikamp scored and was fouled, and Sevastopol was whistled for a technical foul after the play. Kleikamp hit his free throw, and Adam Reiswitz hit one of two of the two technical foul shots to make it a 40-point lead at 73-33. Darius Sechen then capped the scoring at 75-33.

Eleven difference Bulldogs scored in the game.

Lemke led the way with 17 points, while Doberstein finished with 11 and Will McMahon scored 10. Boyle and Fort finished with nine points each.

Southern Door was led by Carter Bieri’s 13 points, while Jack de Young added eight.

“We are trying to tell our guys right now that we might be in first place, but we’ve got to play everybody like they are in first place too,” Boucher said. “Every game can be different on every night, and we have to come out and play 100% every night no matter who we’re playing.”

The Bulldogs gained their share of first place with a little help from their next opponent, Southern Door, who handed Green Bay NEW Lutheran its first Packerland loss (and only their second loss overall) on Friday.

The Eagles are 8-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play. The Bulldogs took a narrow 54-51 win in their previous meeting with Southern Door, but that game took place in early December.

“They played us tough here in the first half,” Boucher said. “They’re young and have a nice point guard in (Drew) Daoust. He is just a freshman, but his older brothers were excellent ball players, and it looks like he’s following in their footsteps. But, if we take care of the basketball and share the ball on offense and play defense like we did tonight we should be in pretty good shape.”

Southern Door hosts Peshtigo on Saturday. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

Peshtigo 75—Sevastopol 33

Peshtigo 33 42—75

Sevastopol 21 12—33

Peshtigo: Lemke 17, Doberstein 11, McMahon 10, Boyle 9, Fort, 9, Kleikamp 5, Salem 5, Engman 4, Bouman 2, Sechen 2, Reiswitz 1. FT’s: 12-21.

Sevastopol: Bieri 13, de Young 8, Jandu 5, Sandoval 3. FT’s: 4-11.