2/26/2014 12:34:00 PM Chargers fall short, but win share of title
The UW-Barron County men’s basketball team shared the West Division championship this season in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference. In front, from left, are Cody Zivcic of Colfax, Andrew Brown of Siren, Murdock Smith of Siren and Drew Buergi of Rice Lake. The Chargers and UW-Rock County both posted 7-2 records atop the WCC West. In back from left are Jordon Gilbertson of Clayton, head coach Barney Slowey, Christian Fredrickson of Elmwood and Garrett Verdegan of Cameron. Missing from the photo are Kyle Steffen of Turtle Lake and assistant coach Marty Helgeson.
The UW-Barron County Chargers men's basketball team made it to the Final Four but no further in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference playoffs Saturday in Wisconsin Dells. The Chargers lost in the semifinals to defending champion UW-Fox Valley, 71-61. Fox Valley went on to win the WCC title Sunday, 84-59, over UW-Richland. The Chargers finish with a 14-8 record and a co-championship in the West Division of the WCC. Fox Valley also defeated the Chargers in the Final Four semifinals last season. The Chargers fell behind Fox Valley 34-29 at the half Saturday and were down 13 points midway through the second half before mounting a comeback. UW-BC got within five points of Fox Valley with 2 minutes to play, but the Cyclones hit their free throws down the stretch to win by 10. The Chargers had problems at the three-point arc after entering the game hitting 40% of their three-point shots. In the semifinal loss, the Chargers were only 2 of 27 in three pointers, while the Cyclones hit 10 of 28. Murdock Smith led the Chargers with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Brown added 11 points and five rebounds. Garrett Verdegan, Drew Buergi and Christian Fredrickson scored eight points. Each. Verdegan led the Chargers in rebounding with 15 boards, while Buergi was the assist leader with four. Cody Zivcic closed the scoring with six points. Fox Valley got 17 points from Trevor Krizeneksy, who was 3 of 10 shooting the three ball. All 10 Cyclones scored. Brown and Smith have been named to the WCC all-conference first team, with Verdegan on the second team. The trio will represent the Chargers in the WCC all-star game Sunday, March 9, in Richland Center. Buergi and Zivcic were all-conference honorable mention. The Chargers opened the WCC playoffs on their home court last Wednesday, downing UW-Marathon 77-54. The home team was up 31-22 at halftime. The Chargers shot 50% from the field, led by Smith's 10 of 15 performance, including five of seven on three-pointers, for 24 points. Verdegan scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Zivcic added 13 points while playing on a sprained ankle. The 6-foot-6 Buergi scored 10 points and had six assists while seeing considerable action at point guard.