EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With a season sweep of Whitewater and win on Monday night over Platteville, the Blugolds men’s basketball team is looking to make a run in the WIAC conference tournament. Senior Ben Widdes and junior Cole Rabedeaux have their squad heading in the right direction. The two are our Osseo Automotive Athletes of the Week. SportScene 13’s Neil Hebert reports.
The Blugolds are sitting one game back of hosting a game in the conference tournament and are hitting their stride at the right time.
“It’s been nice to be at home,” Widdes said. “Fans are back, students are back: we had our band making a lot of noise. That definitely gives us a lot of energy.”
The Blugolds swept Whitewater for the 1st time since the 2015-16 season with a big win on Saturday.
“That was a big confidence booster for us,” Widdes said. “We went into the game tied at 3-5 in the conference, so we knew it was huge game for us. It helped; we came out with a lot of energy and got it done.”
A big part of the Blugolds late success has been Rabedeaux’s shooting. He’s been on fire from deep this season: he’s connected on 45% of his shots from downtown.
“It’s no surprise that Cole’s been shooting it so well. He’s in the gym every day. He puts up a ton of shots,” Siverling said of his sharp-shooting junior. “Whether we win, whether we lose, whether it’s the day of the game or the day after a game, he’s in there getting shots up. It’s a product of his hard work.”
Eau Claire is on the road at Stout tomorrow, a rivalry game the Blugolds aren’t looking past.
“They’re hungry, they’re looking for their first win,” Rabedeaux said. “They’re a good team. Our mindset is, we have to go in there and take it like we could get beat.”
Widdes, a senior, says he’ll cherish his last few games in a Blugolds uniform.
“I only have a handful of practices, a handful of games left,” Widdes said. “That makes it even more special to cherish the moments every time I go out there.”
“We like where we’re at. We like the way that we’re playing,” Siverling said. “Fortunately, two of the last four are at home. One of them is going to be Senior Night. It’s an exciting time coming down the stretch here actually playing for something, which I think just about everybody in the conference is.”