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Sky's the Limit

Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.

PART TWO - PLAYOFFS RUN

One down, five to go for my New Berlin, Brookfield and Tosa boys basketball teams. And one more will go down on Friday since my Brookfield teams are playing each other.

Here are a look at Friday's regional semi-final matchups for the final day of February.

#4 Waukesha Catholic Memorial (7-16) at #1 New Berlin Eisenhower (17-5)

Eisenhower: Teams knew what to do, but it wasn't until the final eight games (4-4) that some of the better teams could do it - control Reed Timmer. The Lions top scorer is basically being guarded by two players, with three defenders covering the other four IKE players. Timmer (28.7 ppg) is the Lions' offense, as Brett Uelner (7.4) and Jack Sirek (7.0) are the next best scorers. Ayinde Startling (12.3) and Jacob Shomin (11.7) lead the Crusaders.

Key to victory: Timmer, of course, but among Uelner, Bennett Kohlhardt, Nick Ganzke or Brett Hanson, two of these guys need to reach double figures each game or it will be a short post-season for the Lions. They owe it to Timmer, who has carried this club, but more importantly, the seniors owe it to themselves.

#10 Wauwatosa East (9-14) at #2 Whitefish Bay (17-5)

Tosa East: If the Red Raiders play like they did for 28 of 32 minutes in their 50-49 win over #7 Shorewood on Tuesday, Friday's game against WFB (10-4, 3rd in North Shore) might be interesting. Senior Joe Sherburne (14.5 ppg) and juniors Miles Sigh (13.0) and Isaiah Johnson (12.2) give the Blue Dukes three reliable scorers.  

Key to victory: Big games from seniors Sean Wheeler and Caleb Taylor, the latter who has stepped up the final weeks of the season, have to happen. Sophomore guard Bryce Beekman has to continue to play like a player beyond his years for the Red Raiders to play another day. WFB has a 7-game winnning streak on the line and the Blue Dukes will probably extend it.

#5 Messmer (19-3) at #4 Tosa West (13-9)

Tosa West: After two years of playing the youngsters, they are finally coming around. Juniors Andre Carroll (15.3 ppg), Steffan Brown (14.0), Rashaard Moore (6.6) and Zach Veit (6.5) are complemented by seniors Blake Harvey (9.5) and Reggie Cason (6.2). 6-4 freshman forward Alou Dillon has also stepped up in the last few weeks. The Bishops are led by the talented 6-4 junior forward Dallas Polk-Hilliard (17.2) and Jonathan Carson (10.2), who plays bigger than his 6-2 length.

Key to victory: This could be the night's most exciting game among my games. I saw the Bishops hand Eisenhower their first loss - a 62-60 defeat in the New Berlin Classic over the holidays. They are a talented team, having shared the Midwest Classic title with Brookfield Academy. Moore and Veit, a good defender, must contribute, Carroll and Brown must play up to their obvious talents, Cason must provide the senior leadership he has all season. My long-shot sleeper - Dillion - whose size might be needed.

#8 Brookfield East (5-17) at #1 Brookfield Central (22-0)

Brookfield East: Which Spartan team shows up - the one who hung with the Lancers, 60-48, in their first meeting or the team which Central blew out, 72-42, the second time around. The future is bright for the Spartans as Christian Simon (15.4), Jimmy Engelhart (13.1) and Corey Smith (8.1) are juniors and 6-4 center Dominic Cartier is a sophomore (6.4 ppg). Looking deeper into the rotation, 3 juniors - Alex Magestro (3.9) has played more lately, my man Will Ipki (3.8) gives them an athletic defender and Adam Van Rens (3.1) gives them some needed size (6-3).

Brookfield Central: Elijah Goodman's back needs to be healthy with back-to-back games on the schedule and a ridicuously tough sectional to get out of. With the spotlight turned on, look for Riley LaChance to play some of his best basketball in the next few weeks - enjoy it while you can basketball fans. Brad Newman and Caleb Mortag also look to step up down the stretch.

Key to victory: The Spartans will be better next season, but this is the Lancers time. East coach Matt Malett was steaming after the last loss. There is no way he feels Central is 30 points better than his squad. Friday night, the Spartans have a chance to show him.

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