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Adam Zahn

Columbus' Adam Zahn, left, goes airborne as he cuts to the basket Saturday during the Cardinals' 50-47 loss to Janesville Parker at Waunakee High School.

WAUNAKEE — This one will sting for a while for the Columbus prep boys basketball team.

The Cardinals saw a furious 10-point rally in the final 1:05 of the contest erased by a 3-pointer from Janesville Parker’s Brenden Weis as time expired as the Vikings earned a 50-47 victory on Saturday night at the #Swingfam Showcase hosted by Waunakee

Weis’ game-winner from the corner overshadowed a Cardinals’ late run that saw them score more points in the final 1:19 of the game (13) than they had in the prior 16-plus minutes of the half, when the Vikings (2-9) erased a 26-19 halftime deficit. Parker led by as many as 13 with 2:27 to play.

Columbus coach Ben Schambow was frustrated by his team’s showing against the Division 1 opponent.

“One thing that they did well was that they came out in the second half and really pressured us and we didn’t handle that well at all,” Schambow said. “A lot of guys kind of ran away from the ball instead of trying to get each other open. … At this time we are a team that doesn’t like a lot of pressure.

“We weren’t running our offense and were kind of standing around making excuses why things weren’t going our way, to be honest with you.”

Janesville Parker’s Tremar Curry, a 6-2 guard, fueled the Vikings’ second-half resurgence on both ends of the floor. His quickness on defense forced Columbus to hurry its offense — and shots — and he also finished the night with a game-high 22 points. Weis added 13 for the Vikings.

Columbus (5-4) finally found its touch late on offense thanks to Ben Emler. The junior forward’s basket with 1:05 to play and a 3-pointer 25 seconds later, cut Janesville’s lead to 47-42. Adam Zahn then took advantage of a Vikings turnover with a trey with 30.5 seconds to make it 47-45.

After Curry missed both shots of a double bonus with 26 seconds to play, the Cardinals’ Trent Casper capped the comeback by hitting two free throws with 12.4 seconds to play.

“We finally got to see the ball go through the hoop at the end and all of a sudden our intensity picked up and our confidence picked up,” Schambow said.

Emler led Columbus in scoring with 18 points, while Casper, a senior forward, finished with 15, 11 coming in the first half.

Columbus travels to Monona Grove on Tuesday.


Janesville Parker 19 31 — 50

Columbus 26 21 — 47

JANESVILLE PARKER (50) — Brody Dahlke 4, Brody Lippens 2, Brady Biba 4, Brenden Weis 13, Tremar Curry 22, Matthew Hartwig 5. TOTALS (FGM FTM-FTA PTS): 20 7-14 50.

COLUMBUS (47) — Caden Bieker 6, Sam Kahl 3, Adam Zahn 5, Trent Casper 15, Ben Emler 18. TOTALS (FGM FTM-FTA PTS): 14 15-20 47.

3-point goals: Janesville Parker 3 (Weis 2, Curry 1); Columbus 4 (Bieker 2, Zahn 1, Emler 1). Total fouls: JP 20, C 11.

Regional Sports Reporter