The young Case High School boys basketball team grew up a little bit Saturday.

The Eagles, who have seven sophomores and one freshman on their roster, rode a solid defense and the hot scoring hand of freshman JaKobe Thompson to beat Milwaukee Pius XI 68-60 in the consolation game of the Hank Raymonds Classic at Pius High School.

The defense was strong from the start as Case (1-3) went on a 17-4 run in the first 10 minutes of the first half.

“We got a stellar effort from the kids,” first-year Eagles coach Jake Berce said.

Thompson had a strong first half, scoring 16 of his game-high 27 points in the first half. He made three of his four 3-pointers in the first half as the Eagles took a 30-25 lead.

In the second half, the Popes (1-2) came back and tied the game, but the defense reasserted itself and Case went on another scoring run to regain a double-digit lead.

Berce, who earned his first victory as a head coach, singled out sophomores JJ Rankins, Nick Fugiasco and Sentreal Gilliam for their defense.

Senior Owenn Schmidtmann added 11 points and Gilliam 10 for Case.

Bilal Shabazz had 21 points and Preston Maccoux had 20 for Pius, ranked 10th in Division 2 in the first Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association poll of the season.

Case 68, Pius XI 60

PIUS XI (1-2)

Shabazz 8 4-4 21, Maccoux 5 10-11 20, Scruggs-Chison 2 0-0 4, D'Alessio 3 1-2 9, Driver 1 3-3 5, Sprewer 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 19-22 60.

CASE (1-3)

Rankins 3 0-3 6, Farr 0 0-0 0, L. Schmidtmann 2 2-2 7, Thompson 10 3-6 27, Sardin 0 0-0 0, Coca 0 0-0 0, Fugiasco 2 2-4 7, Gilliam 4 2-4 10, Pulda 0 0-0 0, O. Schmidtmann 4 0-0 11. Totals 25 9-19 68.

Halftime—Case 30, Pius XI 25. 3-point goals—Shabazz, D'Alessio 2, L. Schmidtmann, Thompson 4, Fugiasco, O. Schmidtmann 3. Total fouls—Case 22, Pius XI 19. Rebounds—Case 38 (Gilliam 8).

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PARK 73, ST. MICHAEL’S 49: The Panthers got a near triple-double from Nobal Days and played unselfish basketball for a victory over St. Michael’s of Toronto at the ETL Basketball Classic in Mansfield, Ohio.

Days had a game-high 19 rebounds and 10 assists, and scored nine points.

All but three players who got in the game scored and Larry Canady led the way with 23 points. The Panthers (2-0) also went 20 of 27 from the free-throw line, compared to 1 for 7 for St. Michael’s (0-1).

“Larry responded nicely tonight,” Park coach Jim Betker said. “We had a great practice (Thursday) and they came in focused.”

Park 73, St. Michael’s 49

ST. MICHAEL’S (0-1)

Mujymya-Kassem 1 0-0 2, Duke 5 0-1 12, Osunde 3 1-4 7, Foran 2 0-0 6, Stonkus 4 0-0 10, Aleer-Leek 2 0-0 5, Julien 1 0-0 2, Stewart 1 0-0 3, Akuamuah-Boateng 1 0-2 2. Totals 20 1-7 49.

PARK (2-0)

Kendrick 1 3-4 5, J. Bustamante 0 1-2 1, Longoria 2 2-2 7, Days 3 3-4 9, Gamble 0 0-0 0, Farrell 3 0-0 6, Martin 0 0-0 0, Henderson 1 2-3 4, K. Bustamante 0 2-2 2, R. Canady 2 0-1 4, Carey 4 1-1 10, L. Canady 8 6-8 23, Warren 1 0-0 2, Alexander 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 20-27 73.

Halftime—Park 33, St. Michael’s 24. 3-point baskets—Duke 2, Foran 2, Stonkus 2, Aleer-Leek, Stewart, Longoria, Carey, L. Canady. Fouls—St. Michael’s 25, Park 14. Rebounds—Park 41 (Days 19).

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WATERFORD 69, ST. FRANCIS 39: Matt Borchardt had 20 points, Will Busch had 18 and the Wolverines made eight 3-point baskets to beat St. Francis in a nonconference game at St. Francis.

Waterford (2-1) led 39-10 at halftime as Mike Schimelfenyg scored all of his 13 points in the half and Borchardt and Busch each scored 10.

Taylor Stidhum had 11 points to lead St. Francis (1-2).

Waterford 69, St. Francis 39

WATERFORD (2-1)

Schmidt 2 0-0 6, Schimelfenyg 5 1-2 13, LePine 0 1-2 1, Szeklinski 0 0-0 0, Ketterhagen 1 0-0 3, Karpinski 1 0-0 3, Borchardt 7 4-6 20, Busch 9 0-2 18, Kaldor 1 1-2 3, Engel 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 7-14 69.

ST. FRANCIS (1-2)

Duncan 3 0-0 6, Reynosa 2 0-0 5, Mack 2 4-6 8, Slack 2 0-0 4, Petitgoue 1 0-0 2, Tyler 1 0-0 3, Stidhum 5 1-2 11. Totals 16 5-8 39.

Halftime—Waterford 39, St. Francis 10. 3-point goals—Schmidt 2, Schimelfenyg 2, Ketterhagen, Karpinski, Borchardt 2, Reynosa, Tyler. Total fouls—Waterford 8, St. Francis 14. 

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Boys swimming

CUDAHY SMALL SCHOOL INVITATIONAL: The Demons won five events and finished second in six others and won the Cudahy Small School Invitational.

Burlington Co-op scored 396 points and Horlick was fourth with 238.

Jimmy Keeker led the Demons, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.51, the 100 freestyle in 55.02 and joining EJ Wright, Zach Olstinske and Ethan Brannen on the winning 200 medley relay (1:52.71) and 200 freestyle relay (1:39.68).

Brannen had the other individual event victory, winning the 100 butterfly in 1:00.72, and he was second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.76).

Horlick was led by Scotty Palmer with victories in the 200 freestyle (2:03.26) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.88).

Cudahy Small School Invitational

TEAM SCORES: 1. Burlington Co-op 396. 2. Milw. Lutheran 330. 3. Beaver Dam Wayland 295. 4. Horlick 238. 5. Milwaukee Reagan 184. 6. West Allis Wave 170. 7. Milw. Hamilton 125. 8. Cudahy 85. 9. Brookfield Academy 83. 10. St. Augustine 40. 

200-yard medley relay — 1. Burlington Co-op (EJ Wright, Zach Olstinske, Jimmy Keeker, Ethan Brannen) 1:52.71. 4. Horlick (Joe Abel, Scotty Palmer, Brett Dobrowski, Cyrus Latza) 2:02.60. 200 freestyle — 1. Palmer, Horlick, 2:03.26. 2. Wright, Burlington Co-op, 2:05.88. 3. Payne McCann, Burlington Co-op, 2:07.33. 200 individual medley — 1. Keeker, Burlington Co-op, 2:19.51. 4. Abel, Horlick, 2:32.37. 50 freestyle — 1. Jack Loomis, Brookfield Academy, 24.84. 2. Sam Gasiorowski, Burlington Co-op, 25.69. 4. Latza, Horlick, 26.54. 5. Eric Dean, Burlington Co-op, 26.58. 100 butterfly — 1. Brannen, Burlington Co-op, 1:00.72. 100 freestyle — 1. Keeker, Burlington Co-op, 55.02. 2. Olstinske, Burlington Co-op, 55.73. 4. Dean, Burlington Co-op, 59.47. 500 freestyle — 1. Connors, Milw. Lutheran, 5:33.58. 2. McCann, Burlington Co-op, 5:51.87. 5. Austin Lentz, Horlick, 6:26.18. 200 freestyle relay — 1. Burlington Co-op (Olstinske, Keeker, Wright, Brannen) 1:39.68. 3. Horlick (Latza, Austin Buckley, Abel, Palmer) 1:47.76. 100 backstroke — 1. Kohlbeck, Wayland, 1:00.70. 2. Wright, Burlington Co-op, 1:08.66. 5. Quin Adamek, Burlington Co-op, 1:17.12. 100 breaststroke — 1. Palmer, Horlick, 1:07.88. 2. Brannen, Burlington Co-op, 1:08.76. 5. Olstinske, Burlington Co-op, 1:11.81. 400 freestyle relay — 1. Wayland 3:58.84. 2. Burlington Co-op (McCann, Graeme Gross, Mike Larson, Dean) 3:59.01. 6. Horlick (Max Lindeke, Josh Heather, Buckley, Lentz) 4:53.57. 

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