Oak Creek Knights Basketball: Welcome
Oak Creek Patch Article From 4/14/11
This week's Oak Creek Patch Whiz Kid recognition goes to a group of OCHS basketball players recently honored at their annual year-end banquet.
Under first-year coach Mike Jossie, the varsity Knights finished 6-17, their best record since 2005. And Oak Creek figures to only get better, as it graduates just two seniors.
"Oak Creek basketball will continue to improve, as we have the quality of young men involved necessary to be successful," Jossie said in an e-mail.
The Knights handed out several awards at its March 27 event. Among them was the White Team award, given to a player whose role on the team is less than glamorous, but is always at practice, working hard and making himself and the team better.
"The White Team Award recipient is a very prestigious award and one we take very seriously," Jossie said.
The team's "Mr. Basketball" award is given to a student-athlete with a love for the game and the desire to improve and make a big impact in the future of basketball program.
Other awards included those for "most improved" and team captains.
The following players were recognized at the March 27 banquet:
Most Improved: Nate Frelka
Team Captain: Matt Hargreaves
White Team: David Schrank
Mr. Basketball: Sam Lecci
Most Improved: Austin Sirovina
Team Captain: Peter Jakus
White Team: Chase Leonardi
Mr. Basketball: Virgil Hammond
Free-Throw Ladder Champion: Terrence Garner
Most Improved: Jordan Hoffmeier
Mr. Basketball: Riley Shelton
All-Conference Honorable Mention: Terrence Garner and Casey Magyar
Scholar-Athlete Award: Jordan Hoffmeier
Dedication Award: Terrence Garner
Knight Award: Tim Brever - for character, commitment, accountability and servanthood to his team and program. The Knight Award is the highest honor a player can receive.
Patience is a virtue for a reason. It is not easy to have. Parents of players don’t have it. Players don’t have it unless the coach is able to teach it to them. Coaches, even though they ask for it, don’t have much of it themselves. But that is what is needed when it comes to the Oak Creek Knights basketball program. After meeting and exceeding most observers expectations this season with their record (6-17) and, more importantly, progress on the court, the Knights still have ways to go in building the program.
If you watch the Knights on offense for awhile, you might think that their system is not that complicated. To a certain degree, you might be right. But just because something does not appear complicated does not mean that it is easy to master. Basketball is a game of reaction, not thinking, and you saw a lot of thinking going on this year as the players learned the system.
Coach Jossie’s Flex/Motion/Swing offense requires players to be responsible and to move with a purpose, and that is hard to teach. The beauty of the offense is that it requires a coach to teach his team how to play, rather than how to run plays, and there is a big difference between the two. When it is run right, it is the best offense to use, because it is hard to scout and hard to prepare for. But it takes time to learn. Not three weeks, not three months, but probably three years. You can still experience success on the court before then, but to completely master the system takes awhile. Kids in junior high school will have a better handle on the process, when they reach this level than the current group of varsity players, because they will have used it for a number of years.
So while most parents want things to happen in the here and now, while their sons are still playing, there needs to be an acceptance of what the reality of the situation is and support the program the best you can while you are involved.
What you should expect in return can be best summarized by Joe Paterno, football coach at Penn State, who, when asked what coaching football meant to him, responded: "You'll understand, once you have kids, that life changes. You'll find that your happiness is defined by your least happy child. You'll understand. Every player we have, someone—maybe a parent, a grandparent, someone—poured their life and soul into that young man. They are handing that young man off to us. They are giving us their treasure, and it's our job to make sure we give them back that young man intact and ready to face the world."
Knights Can’t Recover From Slow Start
The Knights (6-17) didn’t expect their season to end this way. After splitting the two regular season contests with Racine Park (10-11), OC thought they had a legitimate chance to knock off the Panthers in the WIAA Division I Regional Semi-Final game at Park on Tuesday night. However, the Knights struggled from the field in the 1st half, converting only 3 of 18 attempts, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range. That put them in a 23-9 hole at the break, and they were not able to close the gap in the 2nd half, ending up on the short end of a 56-34 final score.
The Panthers concerted effort to limit the OC’s 3-point opportunities seemed to put the Knights out of sync on offense and they had a hard time hitting the open shots that they did get. On the other end, Frank Gutierrez, the Panthers 6 foot 4 center, continued to be a major thorn in OC’s side as he ended up with 17 points and 9 rebounds. His impressive play was the primary reason that Park will be playing Milwaukee Hamilton (16-6) on Saturday.
While the Knights of the Rec Tangle did not shoot well in the 1st quarter (2 for 9), there were signs that they might be able to hang with the Panthers. Terrence Garner made a nice drive to the basket in traffic for a layup to bring OC within 4-3 at the 4:33 mark. Casey Magyar then dropped in a 3-pointer with 2:43 left to make it 8-6. JJ Veloz followed with spin move to the hoop which drew a foul. He made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the deficit to 12-7 after the 1st period.
For the opening two minutes of the 2nd quarter, the Knights had control of the game but just could not put the ball in the basket. With Park committing turnovers and not scoring, OC was poised to make a run. However, the Knights were unable to get any of their first 5 shots of the quarter (1 for 9 overall) to go down, and the opportunity was lost. Garner finally broke the scoring drought at the 2:39 mark of the period to make it 17-9, but the Panthers would add some transition baskets before halftime to lead by 21-9.
Magyar opened the 3rd quarter with another 3-pointer to cut the margin to 21-12, but the Panthers quickly responded on their end to push the margin back up. The closest the Knights would get after that was on a Jordan Hoffmeier 3-pointer, with 4:12 left in the 3rd stanza, which cut the lead to 27-15. Park then proceeded to go on a 10-2 run to make it 37-17, and led 39-21 going into the 4th quarter.
In the 3rd and 4th quarters, the Knights shooting did improve, as they found the range with 11 out of 26 opportunities. Park, however, was content to trade baskets and was never seriously threatened in the 2nd half. While OC had hoped for a better ending to the season, their record of (6-17) is the best at the school since 2005, when the Knights went (17-4).
Scoring for the Knights – JJ Veloz 4-11 1-2 9 pts, Terrence Garner 3-10 0-0 6 pts, Casey Magyar 2-8 0-0 6 pts, Jordan Hoffmeier 2-4 1-2 6 pts, Tanner Johnson 2-2 0-0 4 pts, J. Breen 1-4 0-0 3 pts, Nick Harlan 0-2 0-0 0 pts, Riley Shelton 0-1 0-0 0 pts, Tim Brever 0-1 0-0 0 pts.
The Division I State Championship game may not take place in Madison this year. The UW-Oshkosh Sectional is absolutely loaded with talented teams, including No. 1 ranked Appleton East (22-0) and No. 2 ranked Germantown (21-1). They would potentially meet in the Sectional Final on Tuesday, March 15th at UW-Oshkosh………..The future looks as promising as the present for the Racine Case basketball program. The Eagles won the Southeast Conference title this season with a 20-2 record and the JV and freshmen programs at the school went a combined 38-2…………..Northern Michigan University recently extended a scholarship offer to Mitchell Farr of Racine Case. Farr is averaging a team-best 14.2 points per game for a team that is currently 18-2 overall and 11-1 in the Southeast Conference. A terrific long-range shooter, Farr is a three-year varsity letter winner. Ranked No. 13 among seniors by WisSports.net, Farr is also receiving recruiting interest from several Division I schools, including Jacksonville, Montana and Rhode Island.
Racine Park Pays Back Knights, 60-48
Oak Creek (6-16, 2-12) had defeated Racine Park (10-11, 6-8) earlier in the season, but the Panthers got some pay back when the Knights had to travel to Parks field house on Thursday night. The Knights closed out their regular season with a 60-48 loss to the Panthers.
OC jumped out to a lead and kept it most of the 1st quarter after Casey Magyar and Jonathan Breen hit early from 3-point range. Nick Harlan converted an offensive rebound, off a Breen miss at the 4:50 mark, to put the Knights ahead, 10-7. It was the last time OC would score in the period as they failed to connect on their final seven attempts. Meanwhile, Park would reel off nine points in a row to end the quarter with a 16-10 advantage.
Despite two more baskets from beyond the arc in the 2nd stanza, by Breen and Cordarius Johnson, the Knights failed to make up any ground on the Panthers as both teams shot well. Park would lead, 33-24, at halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, Breen dropped in two more of his game high four 3-pointers, but OC could only cut the deficit to 45-36 going into the final period. Terrence Garner, scoring seven of his team high 15 points in the final frame, brought the Knights within 47-43 on a 3-pointer with 7:07 remaining. OC would not get any closer. Nick Harlan would add a 3-pointer of his own, but it was too little too late for the Knights, as Park stretched their lead back to a comfortable margin.
OC did shoot the ball well from long range. They were 8 for 17 from 3-point range, but hurt themselves by only making 8 for 25 inside the arc. Park was led by David Campbell, who scored a game high 18 points and had 6 rebounds, three assists and a block.
The Knights will play the Panthers for a 3rd time on Tuesday, March 1, as they again travel to Parks field house, for the Regional opener of the WIAA tournament. Game time is listed as 7:00 PM.
Scoring for the Knights - Terrence Garner 5-11 4-4 15 pts, Jonathan Breen 4-7 0-0 12 pts, Nick Harlan 3-6 0-0 7 pts, Casey Magyar 1-5 0-0 3 pts, CJ Johnson 1-2 0-0 3 pts, JJ Veloz 2-6 0-1 4 pts, Jordan Hoffmeier 0-3 4-5 4 pts.
Knights Drop a Tough One to Rockets, 48-47
The game between Oak Creek (6-15, 2-11) and South Milwaukee (15-6, 12-4) on Tuesday night was a close contest as anticipated, but not for the reasons you would expect. The Knight committed 17 turnovers, allowed 10 offensive rebounds and shot 37% from the field. So how did they come to find themselves leading 40-38 with 3:58 left in the game?
Well, they played good, solid defense against the Rockets, slowing down a team that loves to run. They converted 15 out of 17 from the free-throw line. And they were active in securing some offensive rebounds of their own and converting them into points. Despite the disparity in their records, the Woodland is not the caliber of the Southeast, and South Milwaukee, if they were still in the Southeast, would have a record similar to the Knights.
After turning the ball over their first four trips down the floor to start the game, OC was fortunate to only trail, 9-8, at the end of the 1st period. The Knights were only 1-6 from the field, but one of them was a 3-pointer by Jonathan Breen, who was also fouled while attempting a 3-pointer at the end of the stanza. He proceeded to make all three to pull OC within one.
The Knights played their best basketball in the 2nd quarter. Displaying uncanny court vision, Cordarius (CJ) Johnson made a couple of nice drives and dishes to Jordan Hoffmeier and Zach Harvey respectively for easy scores. Zach (The Harvester) Harvey was a beast on the offensive boards. Three times he battled to take control of missed shots by teammates, turning them into 6 of his season high 8 points. The Knights led, 20-15 at halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, after the Rockets had rallied to tie the score, Breen scored a fast break layup off a nice feed from Nick Harlan, to put OC ahead, 26-24, at the 3:59 mark. South Milwaukee proceeded to go on a 9-0 run, taking a 33-26 lead with 1:43 left. Two clutch 3-pointers by Terrence Garner, who had been a quiet 0 for 2 up until then, brought the Knights back to 35-32 as the period ended.
With the Knights holding onto a 41-40 advantage with 3:46 remaining in the game, a sequence of events determined the final outcome. First, the Knights missed the front end of a one-and-one. After the Rockets scored, OC turned it over. South Milwaukee then misfired, but got the rebound. On the Knights next possession, they turned it over again. The result was a 44-41 Rocket lead with 1:56 on the clock. In an exciting game where the lead went back and forth the entire night, the Rockets made their free throws down the stretch to come away with the 48-47 win.
Scoring for the Knights – Terrence Garner 4-9 2-2 14 pts; Jonathan Breen 2-7 3-3 8 pts; Jordan Hoffmeier 3-4 2-3 8 points; Zach Harvey 3-4 2-2 8 pts; Nick Harlan 1-5 2-3 5 points; Casey Magyar 0-4 4-4 4 pts.
Muskego Game Photos
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Brever’s Late Goal Not Enough to Rescue Knights
Tim Brever did all he could Friday night, scoring 7 points on 3 for 5 shooting from the field, including a 3-point basket that just beat the final buzzer, but it wasn’t enough to offset a cold shooting 3rd quarter by Knights as they fell to Muskego, 50-41.
The two seniors on the team, Brever and Jordan Hoffmeier, got the Knights off to solid start in the 1st quarter against the visiting Warriors, as they scored 4 and 6 points respectively, staking OC (6-14, 2-11) to a 15-14 lead.
Muskego (9-12, 5-8) took the lead early in the 2nd period, but was never able to build more than a 5 point advantage. With the Knights trailing by 3, Zach Harvey scored a basket inside off a nice feed from Casey Magyar, pulling OC within one, 22-21, at the 1:35 mark of the quarter. A steal by Terrence Garner, and then an assist from Hoffmeier to Garner for a layup, gave OC a 23-22 lead at halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, the Knights had a golden opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the Warriors, but went cold from the field. After Garner dropped in a 3-point shot that put OC up, 26-24, with 5:57 left in the quarter, the Knights had two more chances, after Muskego turnovers, to add to that margin. They misfired on both opportunities, and then proceeded to commit two turnovers of their own, with the Warriors taking advantage and securing the lead for good, 28-26, at the 4:20 mark. The period ended with Muskego ahead, 36-26.
OC was only 1 for 9 from the field in the 3rd quarter, with their lone goal being the three ball by Garner. They had shot 7 for 20 in the 1st half, including 2 3-pointers. While the Knights recovered to go 6 for 10 in the final stanza, they could not get enough stops against the Warriors, particularly David Mlachnik, a hard nosed guard who scored 14 points overall, to cut into the Muskego lead.
Scoring for the Knights – Terrence Garner 4-10 2-2 11 pts, Jordan Hoffmeier 2-5 3-4 8 pts, Tim Brever 3-5 0-0 7 pts, Nick Harlan 2-5 0-0 5 pts, Jonathan Breen 2-7 0-0 4 pts, Casey Magyar 1-4 0-0 3 pts, Zach Harvey 1-1 0-0 2 pts, JJ Veloz 0-2 1-2 1 pt. 3-Point Goals (5) - Harlan (1), Hoffmeier (1), Magyar (1) Garner (1), Brever (1).
Senior NIght to Honor Brever and Hoffmeier
There will be a ceremony before the game this Friday against Muskego to honor Tim Brever and Jordan Hoffmeier, the Knights two senior players. There will also be a Coaches Corner held after the game.
Knights Long Range Barrage Buries Trojans
In a game that featured two teams with similar records headed in opposite directions, energetic Oak Creek (6-13, 2-10) jumped all over host Kenosha Tremper (4-15, 2-10) on Tuesday night, ending up on the winning end of a 45-38 score.
In terms of hustle and competing, this was the Knights best game of the year. They were a half-step quicker than the Trojans all game long. When it looked like Tremper had forced a turnover, the Knights somehow got it back. When it looked like Tremper had come up with an offensive rebound, the Knights somehow tipped it to a teammate. When there was a loose ball, it ended up with the Knights. In the 1st quarter, the Trojans were late getting out in contesting the Knights 3-point shots and they paid dearly. Just six minutes into the game, the Knights had already converted 5 3-point baskets and taken a 16-3 lead.
Terrence Garner started the trifecta barrage to give OC a 3-0 lead early in the contest. Jonathan Breen then nailed three in a row and, with the help of a Jordan Hoffmeier free throw, increased the Knights margin to 13-3 at the 2:25 mark. JJ Veloz then added one of his own with 1:52 left, to make it 16-3. The period ended with OC up, 16-8.The Knights shooting turned from hot to cold in the 2nd quarter. After going 5 for 12 from the field in the 1st stanza, they slumped to 1 for 12 in the 2nd, but still managed to lead, 20-14, at halftime.
Even though OC was struggling on offense, they were taking care of business in other facets of their game. The Knights 1st turnover of the night did not take place until there were three seconds left in the 1st half, as they did a great job of taking care of the basketball in the 1st two quarters. On defense, they were successful in limiting the Trojans to only one shot at the basket by boxing out and rebounding aggressively.
Casey Magyar broke out of a mini-slump to start the 3rd quarter, as he drained a 3-pointer to put the Knights on top, 23-14. Tremper, however, started to rally, closed the gap to 25-18, and had a breakaway layup in sight. A terrific block from behind by Garner foiled the attempt and Magyar dropped in his 2nd 3-pointer at the other end to put OC back up, 28-18 at the 4:35 mark. The 3rd period ended with the Knights ahead, 33-22, after Cordarius Johnson made a runner at the buzzer.
Two hustle plays by Zach Harvey in the final period helped the Knights maintain possession. Twice he hit the floor to grab loose balls, once calling timeout and the other time passing it off to a teammate. The Knights scored only two field goals in the 4th quarter (by Hoffmeier and Garner), but Garner was 6 for 6 from the free throw line as the Knights held on for the win.
Scoring for OC – Breen (11), Garner (11), Magyar (6), JJ Veloz (6), Cordarius Johnson (5), Nick Harlan (3) and Jordan Hoffmeier (3). 3-Point Goals - (9) – Breen (3), Magyar (2), Veloz (2), Harlan (1) and Garner (1).
Knights Stirring Comeback Falls Just Short
OC didn’t win the game Friday night, but they accomplished something just as valuable, and may have won some fans over in the process. When the Knights (5-12, 1-9) found themselves trailing Racine Horlick, 39-20, with 4:00 left in the 3rd period, it looked grimmer than grim for the home team. Over the next 12 minutes, OC played some of its most inspired basketball of the season, and more importantly, showed the ability to come back from a significant deficit.
It started, appropriately enough, with a nice cut to the basket by Terrence Garner, a pass by Jonathan Breen and the ensuing lay-up by Garner, to make it 39-22 at the 3:24 mark of the 3rd. For this Friday anyway, I think we can change TGIF to stand for Terrence Garner Is Feeling it. Of the Knights 14 3rd quarter points, Garner was responsible for 12 of them, with an inside basket by JJ Veloz accounting for the other two. Garner’s 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in the period brought the Knights within 44-32 going into the 4th quarter.
Continuing where he left off, Garner cut the margin to 44-34 with a nice drive in traffic, and then corralled the rebound of a missed shot by Zach Harvey and was fouled. His two free throws kept the deficit at 10. JJ Veloz then came up with a key steal and, displaying his quarterbacking skills, hit a streaking Cordarius “CJ” Johnson with a bullet pass for a lay-up which cut the Rebels lead to 46-38 with 6:29 remaining. Garner then got himself open and drilled a 3-pointer at the 4:41 mark to bring the Knights within 46-41. After a Horlick basket, Garner secured yet another offensive rebound, and scored on a put back, to keep OC within striking distance at 48-43 with 2:54 to go.
Johnson then cut the Rebels lead to three when he went baseline and made a tough floater in the lane to make it 48-45 with 2:00 left. Horlick then converted one of two at the free throw line. The Knights took possession and worked the ball to Garner. He missed a 15-foot jumper, but Veloz was there to grab the rebound and lay it in to bring OC within 49-47 with 1:00 remaining. That was as close the Knights would get as they were forced to foul the Rebels, who were solid from the free throw line, ending up with 56-49 win.
Garner finished the game with the following scoring stats (11-17 FG’s 3-4 FT’s 28 points 3 3-point field goals). A superb performance by the sophomore, who should be given serious consideration as an All-Conference selection. Johnson came off the bench in the 2nd half to provide the Knights with a solid performance as well, displaying good ball handling and decision making skills at the point guard position.
The Knights scoring – Garner (28), JJ Veloz (6), Cordarius Johnson (4), Jordan Hoffmeier (4), Nick Harlan (4) and Jonathan Breen (3).
Bradford Overcomes Knights Challenge, 51-28
When the Knights played Kenosha Bradford (15-3, 8-2) earlier in the season, they were able to limit the Red Devils leading scorer, Quardell Young, to just 4 points. There was no repeat of that Wednesday night as Young scorched OC (5-12, 1-9) for a game high 22 points in leading Bradford to a 51-28 win over the visiting Knights.
Considering the Devils 2nd place status in the conference, OC gave them all they could handle in the early going. Bradford jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the 3:20 mark of the 1st quarter, but the Knights rallied, behind 3-point field goals from Terrence Garner and Nick Harlan, to cut the lead to 11-8 by the end of the period.
In the 2nd quarter, JJ Veloz got busy down low, and a couple nifty post moves gave OC a 12-11 lead with 6:21 left in the period. After the Devils took the lead back a little while later, Veloz grabbed an offensive rebound and banked in a shot to give the Knights a 16-15 advantage. That was to be OC’s last lead, as a Justin Otto basket at the 2:40 mark gave Bradford the lead for good, 17-16. It looked like the Knights would only be down by 3 at halftime, but the Devils Sheldon Cooks heaved in a half-court bank shot at the buzzer to make it a 6 point Bradford lead.
Playing back-to-back games seem to catch up with OC in the 3rd quarter, as turnovers and missed shots gave Bradford the opportunity for a more up-tempo pace. The Devils took full advantage and displayed what they are capable of by outscoring the Knights 15-3 for the period and stretching their lead to 39-21.
The final statistics for the game featured something you rarely see - the Knights did not attempt a single free throw. Scoring for OC – Terrence Garner 5 0-0 12, JJ Veloz 3 0-0 6, Jonathan Breen 2 0-0 5, Nick Harlan 1 0-0 3, Zach Harvey 1 0-0 2. Three-point goals – OC (4) – Garner 2, Breen 1, Harlan 1.
Knights Triumph Over Westosha, 45-33
One of the characteristics of a good team is that they find a way to win, even when not playing their best basketball. The Knights took a step in that direction Tuesday night, as they defeated visiting Westosha Central, 45-33.
OC (5-11,1-8) did not play one of its better overall games, but it played well enough in stretches to be able to down the Falcons (7-9, 4-5). The Knights never trailed, as they opened up a 9-2 lead after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Casey Magyar and Nick Harlan each scored 5 points with of a 3-pointer and a 2-pointer, as OC led at halftime, 19-11.
Westosha started out defensively in a 2-3 zone and stayed in it until the 3rd quarter, when they tried their luck with a man-to-man. The Knights normally do well against zones, and they were getting the open looks they wanted, but some of the shots they normally knock down were not falling against the Falcons. Their defense, however, came to the rescue, as Westosha had a hard time running their offense against the Knights aggressive man-to-man, and they ended up taking quite a few contested shots.
OC tried to pull away from Westosha in the 3rd quarter, and led, 26-15, at the 5:40 mark, after Magyar dropped in a 3-pointer. The Falcons then rallied and cut the lead to 28-22 with 2:09 remaining. The momentum was starting to shift when Magyar missed a shot on the Knights next trip down the floor, but Jordan Hoffmeier corralled the offensive rebound, made his shot and was fouled. His ensuing free throw completed the 3-point play and OC was back up, 31-22, with 1:22 left in the period.
In the 4th quarter, offensive rebounding enabled the Falcons to stay within striking distance of the Knights, as they pulled within 35-30 with 5:50 to go. That was as close as they would get, as a 3-pointer by Nick Harlan put OC in front, 38-30, at the 5:25 mark, and the Knights spent the final minutes of the game at the free throw line, ending up as 45-33 victors.
Scoring for the Knights – Nick Harlan 4 3-7 13, Casey Magyar 4 2-2 12, Terrence Garner 3 0-0 6, Jordan Veloz 3 0-0 6, Jordan Hoffmeier 2 1-1 5, Jonathan Breen 1-0-0 3. 3-Point Goals (5) - Nick Harlan (2), Casey Magyar (2), Jonathan Breen (1).
Photos of the game can be viewed at the following link: http://oakcreek.patch.com/articles/knights-get-win-over-westosha-central#photo-4813287
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