These are the types of plays that have made Reed Timmer so dangerous to Woodland Conference foes over the past three seasons.
The New Berlin Eisenhower senior standout drilled a 3-pointer from the top of hte key with 1:10 to play, giving his team a 57-55 lead over Pewaukee in a huge Woodland Conference battle Tuesday. The Lions went on to win, 59-55, and took a two-game lead over the Pirates in the loss column of the Woodland West Division standings.
"It was a hard fought, typical Eisenhower-Pewaukee type of game," Pewaukee coach Mike Basile said.
"We were right there. Reed made that tough shot, and we had guys right there (on defense). I'm proud of how hard our kids play."
In an entertaining, tense battle, the Lions led for much of the way until Ryan Stepanovich hit a 3-pointer to make it 53-51 with 2:16 to go. After Charlie Sirek answered with a 3-pointer of his own, Eric Lutzen scored with 1:22 to go, but Eisenhower quickly bolted down the floor against Pewaukee's pressure.
"My teammates trust me to take that shot and they were all looking to me to shoot it," said Timmer, who has well over 1,000 points in his career only midway through his junior year. "We broke the press, a guy was trailing me and nobody stepped up and I just pulled up and knocked it down."
Lutzen, who finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds, was fouled with 53 seconds to go but missed the front end of the bonus, and Mitch Arman added a pair of freebies with 24 seconds to play. Pewaukee was unable to get another shot to fall.
Eisenhower was able to limit Lutzen's influence after he brought in nine rebounds in the first half.
"Lutzen's a load," Eisenhower coach Dave Scheidegger said. "In my mind, he kind of makes everything else work for them. He covers up if they do make a mistake, and it doesn't look like they made many mistakes tonight. Either he's a pressure release or gets an offensive rebound, and you can't cover him in the post because he's as wide as a house."
The game wasn't without its bright spots for the Pirates. The second quarter belonged to bench players Austin Cairo and Evan Hansen, who added 8 points apiece and accounted for all 16 Pewaukee points in the period. Hansen registered three steals, twice taking the ball away from Timmer at midcourt and turning that into points the other way. Cairo finished with 14 points, and Hansen closed with 10.
"Evan really came to play, got some steals on defense and, offensively, was a huge bonus for us tonight," Basile said.
Pewaukee was playing without senior starters David Girmscheid and Nick Clement, who are no longer with the team, something Basile said was a team matter. That meant the bench was thinner than usual.
"That''s been our success, all season we find someone who can get the job done," Basile said. "Our asset is we have a lot of depth."
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