BARABOO — Three-pointers were the name of the game on Friday, and Lodi won the contest from beyond the arc, hitting 11 from long range on its way to a 65-57 non-conference win over host Baraboo on Friday night.
With only two players on the Lodi roster that stand under 6 feet, Baraboo (1-7) was forced to play physical post defense. While the T-Birds were successful slowing Lodi’s inside attack, the Blue Devils (4-1) found success on the outside.
“We didn’t get as many post touches as we like to get,” Lodi coach Mitch Hauser said, “but the guys were taking shots that were available, and I thought Baraboo’s defense had a lot to do with some of our difficulties on offense. They really came out and played their tails off.”
Six of Lodi’s 11 made 3-pointers came from junior Jackson Furniss, who led the Blue Devils with 19 points.
“When we watched film of them against Reedsburg and Portage, they didn’t shoot it quite like that,” Baraboo coach Darrin Berger said. “We knew they were big — especially (Jackson Kolinski); he’s really good. So we were going to do everything we could to take him away. But Jackson Furniss, he hit six 3s, so that was huge for them. And he had some good looks, and he knocked them down, so credit to him.”
Both teams brought the intensity in a back-and-forth first half. Baraboo went up 5-2 early thanks to a 3-pointer from Mason Peterson, but Lodi stormed back with seven straight points.
Baraboo juniors Caden Blum and Caden Carpenter sunk 3-pointers to bring the Thunderbirds back into it, but Furniss hit his first 3-pointer of the night to maintain the lead. It wasn’t the only time Furniss answered a Baraboo 3-pointer with one of his own, as Baraboo senior Connor Grogan hit one moments later but Furniss responded.
For Lodi, Kolinski, Carter Breunig and Jack Persike all hit 3s in an offensive run, while a dish to Dominic Scola gave the Blue Devils a 29-19 lead.
Baraboo struggled with turnovers and fouls. The T-Birds gained some momentum with Ryan Gehin scoring in transition and Mason Peterson drove for a bucket, but Lodi went into halftime with a 32-24 advantage.
Baraboo’s Justus Neuman knocked down a 3-pointer to start the second half, but once again Lodi responded with a 3-pointer of its own, this time from Persike. After a bucket from Peterson, Baraboo trailed 38-35, but after a stagnant stretch for both teams, Furniss made back-to-back 3-pointers to give Lodi a 44-35 lead.
Baraboo never let up, as Neuman hit a 3 while Carpenter recorded a steal-and-score, but the Blue Devils hit a couple more from beyond the arc.
Gehin scored in transition for Baraboo to make it 62-57 with less than a minute left and the T-Birds earned a defensive stop using a full-court press, but a traveling call gave the ball back to Lodi. The Blue Devils sealed the deal on a Canyon Bacon basket.
“They executed. You can tell they’re well coached; they ran good stuff and they made enough free throws at the end,” Berger said of Lodi. “A couple of times, they made some big plays and scored, which was kind of the difference.”
The game had special meaning for the two coaches, as Hauser coached Berger at Portage High School when Berger was a senior.
“It was cool. This is the first time we’ve played them here,” Berger said. “When I was an assistant in Portage, we played them a couple times, but I’ve kept in contact with Mitch since I graduated. I definitely consider him a mentor and someone who’s very important to me, so it was fun to play against those guys.”
LODI 65, BARABOO 57
Lodi 32 33 — 65
Baraboo 24 33 — 57
LODI — Bacon 6, Kolinski 13, Scola 5, Furniss 19, Persike 11, Breunig 3, Steinhoff 3. Totals: 12 8-15 65.
BARABOO — Peterson 18, Carpenter 5, Gehin 6, Grogan 14, Neuman 11, Blum 3. Totals: 9 15-21 57.
3-point goals — Lodi 11 (Kolinski 2, Furniss 6, Persike 2, Breunig 1), Baraboo 8 (Peterson 2, Carpenter 1, Grogan 2, Neuman 2, Blum 1). Total fouls — L 18, B 17.