ALMOND – The Marshfield Columbus Catholic boys basketball team overcame a big, early deficit to end a mini two-game losing skid and defeat Almond-Bancroft 71-68 in a nonconference game Thursday night at Almond-Bancroft High School.
Almond-Bancroft jumped out to a 17-2 lead before the Dons chipped away and cut the deficit to 40-36 at halftime.
Columbus Catholic pulled away in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 35-28.
Four Dons scored in double figures, led by freshman Emmitt Konieczny and senior Grant Olson, who each scored 19 points. Eden Jacobson added 18 and Jadon Nienast had 10 in the victory.
Both teams are now 9-3 this season.
Columbus Catholic will now see a pair of matchups with Cloverbelt Conference East Division rival Neillsville – at home on Friday and at Neillsville on Monday. Columbus is 6-0 and Neillsville is 4-1 in the conference this season.
Dons 71, Eagles 68
Columbus Catholic 36 35 - 71
Almond-Bancroft 40 28 - 68
COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (71): Gage Stratman 3, Emmitt Konieczny 19, Jadon Nienast 10, Sam Wilczek 2, Eden Jacobson 18, Grant Olson 19. Record: 9-3.
ALMOND-BANCROFT (68): T.J. Lamb 6, Connor Newby 5, Daniel Baumgartner 17, Elijah Applebee 11, Thomas Hunt 10, Austin Zinda 5, Seth Bunders 14. Record: 9-3.