New Berlin Eisenhower had plenty of breathing room early on in Friday night’s 62-48 win over Brown Deer. However, the blowout home victory translates only to a breath of room early on in the division title race.
While moving to 5-0 in the conference and 7-0 overall, the Lions maintained a one-half game lead over undefeated Whitnall (4-0, 8-0) for first place in the Woodland Conference Black Division standings. Brown Deer slipped to 3-2 in the Blue division, sliding into third place behind Thomas More and Pewaukee.
Sophomore point guard Reed Timmer lead the Lions with 17 points but had a cold shooting night from the outside and relied heavily on his teammates for support. The first Eisenhower run was supported by at trio of first quarter 3-pointers from junior Mitch Arman. Those points would be all Arman scored for the game, but they gave the Lions a 20-8 lead after the first.
“I am confident in every one of my teammates, and if my shots aren’t falling, I know they are going to nail their shots,” Timmer said. “I’m confident in everyone of them to make shots.”
The second quarter saw another Lion assert himself offensively. Junior Sandro Pesqueira rattled off five points late in the first half to push Eisenhower ahead by 20 at the break. Pesqueira, along with senior Keith Kahlfeldt, each finished with 14 point,s giving the Lions three players in double-figures.
“As a team, we have been working on our roles, and I thought all of our positions played well tonight,” Lions head coach David Scheidegger said. “This was our best flow on offense, but it’s a work in progress, as is everybody’s at this time.
“We push it pretty good, but when we have to hunker down and just run our offense, it has been hot and cold.”
Falcons leading scorer, junior Trayvon Palmer finished the game with 16 points and a handful of blocked shots while playing with a jammed, possibly broken finger. Palmer suffered the injury in the previous game but taped it and played his full allotment of minutes on Friday night.
Brown Deer head coach Kelly Appleby pointed to Palmer as an example of the leadership he feels his team showed even in the losing effort and eyes Palmer as a key component for the remainder of the season.
“He has become our lead pony both on offense and defense and has become the catalyst of the whole thing,” Appleby said. “We try to give him the ball as much of the time as possible, because if he catches the ball inside the free throw line, we are very hard to cover.
“Defensively he’s become a stalwart inside, rebounding the ball and blocking shots.”
Timmer failed to score 20 or more points for just the second time this season. He tallied 19 against New Berlin West earlier in the year, but the fact that Eisenhower won both games was more important to Timmer than his point totals.
“I try to get a feel for the game, and tonight was one of those nights I was off, so I tried to go crash the boards more, get rebounds and try to get fouled,” Timmer said. “Being the point guard, you have to kind of jump into that leadership role and make sure the offense flows right.”
Eisenhower now takes the undefeated record to Cudahy on Tuesday while Brown Deer attempts to right the ship hosting Wauwatosa West on the same night.
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