MILWAUKEE - After struggling in the first half, Brandon Jennings dominated the third quarter.
The guard scored 18 of his 20 points in the period, sparking the Milwaukee Bucks to a 109-102 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday.
"I just started being more aggressive," said Jennings, whose third-quarter run included making five 3-pointers in seven attempts. "I was just trying to figure out a way to pick us up."
Jennings hit three consecutive 3-pointers midway through the quarter that quickly turned a 55-51 Warriors' halftime lead into a 74-65 advantage for the Bucks. Milwaukee ended up scoring 35 points in the game-changing quarter.
"Once I get it going, I get it going. I think it fed off to my teammates," Jennings said. "They got it going. Larry (Sanders) started getting some blocks and Sam Dalembert even came in and gave us some good minutes."
Sanders had 16 points and 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for the Bucks. Monta Ellis scored 20 points against his former team, while Ersan Ilyasova added 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said he was convinced that Jennings, who also was held scoreless in the first half before scoring 14 second-half points in a 113-108 loss at Cleveland on Friday night, eventually would provide some offensive spark for the Bucks.
"He's a competitor," Boylan said. "He was trying to move the ball a little bit in the first half, but we needed him to score. He came out in the second half and did what we needed him to do for our team, and that's what he's done for us all year. That's what we expect from him."
Jennings wasn't the only Bucks player to find success from 3-point range. Milwaukee finished 13 for 30 from beyond the arc, after hitting a season-high 14 3-pointers in a loss to Cleveland on Friday night.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 26 points. Klay Thompson added 19. David Lee added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
Golden State has lost four consecutive games in Milwaukee and hasn't won a game at the Bradley Center since 2008.
"Regardless of who you are playing, if you don't put forth that effort for 48 minutes, you aren't going to beat anybody," said Golden State guard Jarrett Jack, who had 13 points, including three 3-pointers in the third quarter.
"I just try to have concerted effort, try to come in and give my team energy. We had kind of a down period in the third quarter, coming out of halftime. They made tough shots to go along with it."
Golden State coach Mark Jackson wasn't pleased with his team's rebounding effort.
"We've got to get back to who we are," Jackson said. "We're not rebounding at the same level and it's hurting us. It's costing us ballgames. When you allow a team to dominate you on the boards and get second-chance points it sucks the life out of your defense."
The Bucks' game plan called for aggressive play, Sanders said.
"Second effort, third effort, that was the emphasis, staying around that basket and playing physical. It worked in our favor tonight," Sanders said.
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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