New Berlin - Most people who don't follow New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball closely might think point guard Reed Timmer is just a scorer.
When you average 24.7 points per game or when you set a school record by scoring 43 points in a game, those are the numbers that jump out at you. But if you think that's all Timmer means to the Lions, then you aren't really familiar with his game.
Obviously, the Woodland Conference coaches are familiar with what he does because he was named first-team all-conference and the league's Player of the Year. His latest honor includes being named to the NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Basketball Team for the second year in a row.
Without a doubt, Timmer is the straw who stirs the drink for the Lions, and coach Dave Scheidegger is thrilled to have him.
"He's my X-factor, my ace in the hole," the veteran said. "He is phenomenal; there is not a weakness in his game. Flat out the toughest player I ever coached."
That is a great compliment from someone like Scheidegger who has coached some great players over the years.
Timmer, a 6-foot, 1-inch junior, helped the Lions to another championship, as they finished 15-2 to win the new, tough Woodland Conference West Division by three games. The finished 22-4 overall and lost to Wisconsin Lutheran in sectional finals, one game away from a state tournament appearance.
Putting the team first
Timmer is a class act, as his reaction to winning the conference Player of the Year honor indicates.
"That (POY award) is a reflection of our team," he said. "The fact that we won our conference is a reflection of our team. It is an indication off all the work we did in the off-season. It was our senior leaders who keyed this team effort.
"I couldn't have done it without my teammates."
An interesting stat that reflects Timmer's toughness on the court is his team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game mark. An unusual stat for a point guard.
"Most of the time I try to anticipate where the ball is going," he said. "Usually if it comes toward me I can outlet it and we can get the ball out quickly.
"We had a guard-oriented team. Sometimes we played four-five guards, so it's instinctive. Getting a rebound and pushing it down the court was important. We were really small, so it worked to our advantage."
Getting others involved
Timmer averaged 3.5 assists per game and his main goal is to keep his teammates involved.
From the start of the season the opposing defense did everything they could to try to stop - or contain - Timmer. They tried box-and-one or triangle-and-two to name a few defenses.
"We got used to it and figured out what to do," Timmer said. "It helped us and gave others a chance to get involved. We benefited from it."
Timmer ran the offense. If the best shot was for him, he took it.
"But when teams would double team me, I could get it to someone else. I would do whatever it takes to win.
"By dishing off it gave others confidence. We took what was there and then our defense stepped up."
Timmer was pleased the Lions started a new championship run after losing out to Whitnall last year.
"We all bought in and got on the right track," he said. "It was important to send the seniors out as winners. It was very satisfying for us."
Looking ahead Timmer looks forward to playing under Scheidegger one more season.
"Coach and I have a great relationship in school," Timmer said. "Every year he gives me a goal. There is no moving backward. I love him and trust him. He's as a good as it gets."
The feeling is mutual for Scheidegger.
"All season long teams were in his face, but he never lost composure. Despite all his scoring stats, he made everyone better."
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