Denmark rallies, but comes up short in critical loss to first-place Marines


DENMARK – The Denmark High School had no answer for Jacob Poetzl in the first half nor for Matt Wagner in the second and suffered a critical 63-58 loss to first-place Marinette in North Eastern Conference action on Friday night in Denmark.

Poetzl poured in 18 of his 26 before halftime, while Wagner, the Marines’ top scorer scored 13 of his 17 in the second half, just enough to stave off a Viking rally from 11 down.

Brady Jens erupted for 22 points for Denmark, whose 5-game winning streak ended. Marinette, meanwhile, picked up its 10th straight league win and seventh overall. Five of those 10 victories have been by five points or fewer, and two of those five-point wins have come at the expense of Denmark.

The Vikings dropped to 7-4 (9-5 overall) and into a two-way tie for fourth in the league.

Denmark used a 12-2 run late in the game to whittle a 57-46 deficit to 59-58 with 3:45. The Vikings never scored again, turning the ball over on two possessions and missing the front end of a one-and-one.

Pat Suemnick added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Josh Pelischek contributed nine points and two assists. Zane Short added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.

See the Feb. 1 edition of The Denmark News for full story and photos.