WAUPUN — Marcus Domask’s prep basketball career at Waupun can be described as efficient.
The junior doesn’t miss many attempts because he works on his craft and the players around him help by getting him open.
As a result, Domask scored his 1,000th point with 4 minutes, 43 seconds remaining in the first half of Saturday’s 92-62 season opener against Waterford.
“I expected him to be efficient,” Waupun head coach Dan Domask said. “I did not expect him to have this many at this point in his career, but that’s really a testimony to the kids in the program I’ve had in the last several years and how they share the ball.
“We’ve been successful because we’re efficient. He’s certainly a big part of that. A lot of those came off of really good plays by his teammates.”
Marcus Domask — came into the season 19 points shy of 1,000 — led all scorers with 35 points. He now has 1,016 career points, an astounding total for just 54 career games.
“I didn’t know I was going to get it this game,” he said. “I knew I was kind of close because people in the student section remind me a lot. It was cool. It just kind of summed up how I’ve gotten all my points.”
The way he did it was off a ball screen by Keegan Hartgerink to give Blakely Weisman an open passing lane to the rim, where Domask took it in for an easy layup to give the Warriors a 37-16 lead.
“It’s just my teammates getting me open,” Domask said. “That felt good to have the 1,000th point be like that.”
Domask was 14-of-21 from the floor and made 7 of 11 free throw attempts while also recording eight rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
But Domask wasn’t alone; Owen Theune had 13 points and Trevor VandeZande and Reece Homan added 10 apiece. VandeZande also had five rebounds and three assists.
“Definitely, I’ve been able to get clean looks because the defense can’t just focus on me,” Domask said. “They’re focusing on three other guys on the court as well, and we have other people that can score.”
VandeZande hit a pair of 3-pointers — with a Domask three-point play between — to start an 11-2 run early in the first half.
“He’s certainly is one of our key guys. If healthy and effective, Trevor VandeZande makes us a lot harder to guard with our weapons of Theune, Marcus, Homan in the post,” Dan Domask said. “When we’ve got him on the perimeter dishing and hitting shots, that’s a tough guard.”
By the time the first half ended, Waupun led 50-28.
“We certainly got an opportunity to play a lot of guys in a lot of minutes,” Dan Domask said. “That was good. It was a good opener. I was happy with our guys tonight.”
Waupun’s Conner Kamphius finished with seven points, Gabe Keach had five and Hartgerink had four off the bench while Jak Lenz — who started — also had four.
The Warriors experimented with a zone defense for a spell in the second half. It didn’t work as well as Dan Domask hoped it would as the Wolverines scored seven of their eight 3-pointers during the stretch.
“We were experimenting with the zone a little bit and that did not work so well,” Dan Domask said. “They got comfortable really fast and we were up and we were experimenting.
“They certainly cashed in real quick.”
But Marcus Domask knew that “if we just played lockdown defense, we would come out with a win,” he said.
The Warriors did as they build a 30-point lead in the last minute of play.
Mathew Borchardt led the Wolverines with 15 points, Michael Schimrlfenyg and Richard LePine each had 12, and Kirk Karpinski added 11.
Dan Domask knew his team worked hard to put themselves in scoring positions and not allow the Wolverines come any closer. Then they helped a teammate start his junior season off on a good note.
“It’s one of those things where it’s a nice honor, no doubt,” Dan Domask said. “I think how he did it so far in his relatively young career is really the most impressive thing.”
WAUPUN 92, WATERFORD 62
Waterford 28 34 — 62
Waupun 50 42 — 92
WATERFORD (62) — Paul Schmidt 2, Michael Schimelfenyg 12, Richard LePine 12, William Ketterhagen 5, Hunder Karpinksi 3, Mathew Borchardt 15, William Busch 11, Kirk Kalder 2. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS): 19 16-21 62.
WAUPUN (92) — Marcus Domask 35, Trevor VandeZande 10, Jak Lenz 4, Owen Theune Blakely Wiesman 1, Tyler Wiese 3, Connor Kamphius 7, Keegan Hartgerink 4, Gabe Keach 5 Reece Homan 10. TOTALS (FGS FTM-FTA PTS): 39 6-15 92.
3-pointers: Waterford 8 (LePine 3, Kapinski 1, Borchardt 2, Busch 2), Waupun 8 (Marcus Domask 3, Trevor VandeZande 2, Owen Theune 1, Tyler Wiese 1, Connor Kamphius 1). Total fouls: Waterford 15, Waupun 17.