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 the key with 1:10 to play, giving the Lions a 57-55 lead over Pewaukee in a huge Woodland Conference battle Tuesday. Eisenhower 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 Pewaukee's 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, Pirates big man 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 second quarter belonged to Pewaukee bench players Austin Cairo and Evan Hansen, who added 8 points apiece in that quarter alone. 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.
"You really have to box out their big guy because they're bigger than us, so we had to secure all the rebounds and push," Timmer said. "We knew we were faster than them. I thought we did a lot better job with (preventing) Lutzen rebounds. It was a big effort, we just had to get second chances. They're going to be the same team no matter what guards they have. They all can shoot."
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."
Arman finished with 14 points, and Timmer closed with 23.
"That's the best four dollars (you can spend)," Scheidegger said of the high-school game, especially compared to some more expensive alternatives. "At the Super Bowl, the lights went out for 30 minutes. No lights went out here."
Eisenhower whipped Tosa West, 73-47, on Friday in Wauwatosa to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
In doing so, the Lions clinched a tie for the Woodland-West title with a 13-2 record with two games left against Pius XI (12-6) and Cudahy (1-16). Whitnall won the division last year, snapping a string of five straight titles they won outright or shared.
The Lions stood out in the middle two quarters, outscoring the Trojans, 43-19, to take a 56-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
Ike drilled eight 3-pointers, led by Corbin Messman's four, as he finished with 14 points, one of four Lions in double figures.
Timmer led the way with 17, while Sandro Pesqueira had 13 and Mitch Arman added 10. Andre Carroll led the Trojans with 12.
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