Kiel fell behind by double digits early, fought back to within one late in the second half, but could not overcome a 40-point night from Donald McHenry as third seeded Milwaukee Academy of Science held on for a 79-71 win over second seeded Kiel in a WIAA Division 3 Boys Basketball Sectional Semifinal game at Kiel High School Thursday night.

“He’s for real,” said Kiel coach Marcus Rumpff about the scoring star from MAS who had 28 of those points in the second half.

“He put that team on his back.”

Kiel got 23 points from Travis Kohlmann and 19 from Carson Lepisto, but the Raiders played from behind the whole game falling behind 6-0 before a Lepisto three-pointer at 15:35 put them on the board.

2nd half comeback

The Novas went on another run going up 23-9 before Kiel answered that with a 14-2 spurt to get back within 25-23 with 5:05 left getting three-pointers from Pierce Arenz and Grant Manz, along with points by Kohlmann and Lepisto. It would be 35-29 MAS at the break.

That lead extended to 39-29 to start the second half when Kiel slowly crept back in cutting their deficit to one on two different occasions, the last at 63-62 with five minutes left on a Keenan Manz bucket.

“We had it down to one and had an open lane,” recalled Rumpff.

“Travis (Kohlmann) went in and McHenry kinda took a home run slap at the ball and that was a big turning point.”

Rumpff added, “Three of 17 from three-point range in the first half didn’t help. If we shot a little better than maybe it’s a different game.”

He finished by commenting on his seniors Mason Lewis, Carson Lepisto, Travis Kohlmann and Keenan Manz.

“This group has been something special. Every game, someone else would step up. This senior group is responsible for our turnaround. First sectional in ten years.”

The Raiders finished 20-7 matching the 2010-11 team in victories and one more than the 2009-10 team that went to state, the last Raider team that went to sectionals.

Rumpff knew it would take a near-perfect performance to topple the Novas who had a roster of players 6’7, 6’6 and four that were 6’4.

“We don’t see teams with that kind of length in this area. It shows we can compete against anyone.”

Milwaukee Academy of Science 79 Kiel 71

Kiel (fg ftm-a pf tp): Mason Lewis 0 0-0 1 0, Daniel Schmitz 1 0-0 1 3, Mitch Endries 1 1-3 1 3, Carson Lepisto 7 2-2 3 19, Pierce Arenz 3 0-0 3 9, Travis Kohlmann 8 4-4 3 23, Grant Manz 2 0-0 1 5, Keenan Manz 3 2-4 4 8. Totals: 25 9-13 17 71

Milw. Academy of Science: Donald McHenry 15 8-10 2 40, Damien Brookshire 0 1-3 1 1, Albert Harrell 4 2-2 2 11, Delon Zollicoffer-White 4 1-2 3 9, Aldontis Harrell 4 0-0 2 10, Emmanuel Stoffel 3 0-1 4 6, Leon Zollicoffer-White 1 0-0 5 2. Totals: 31 12-18 19 79.

Score by Halves

Kiel 29-42=71

Milw. Science 35-44=79

3-Point Field Goals Made: Kiel 12 (Kohlmann 4, Lepisto 3, Arenz 3, Schmitz 1, G. Manz 1) Milw. Academy of Science 5 (McHenry 2, Aldontis Harrell 2, Albert Harrell 1)

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