The New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team is still perfect at 8-0 — and what some thought would be a challenge turned out to be a rather leisurely Friday night.
The Lions used 12 shots from 3-point range to surge past visiting Greendale, 75-43, in a Woodland Conference West Division showdown.
Half of the bombs from downtown came from Drake University-bound senior Reed Timmer, who finished with a game-high 37 points.
"We were able to push the pace early and run our offense the way we like," Timmer said. "I think everybody did a nice job of stepping up tonight and a lot of guys were hitting big shots."
After a nearly whistleless first quarter, the Lions led 11-8, but a 29-point explosion in the second quarter helped them secure a 41-19 halftime lead. Ike coasted from there, steadily padding a lead that reached 34.
Sirek helps offense
Timmer, averaging just over 30 points a game, got long-range help from Jack Sirek, who added 15 points on five 3-pointers.
"(Sirek) is really finding a role in the offense," Eisenhower head coach Dave Scheidegger said. "We're getting solid contributions from everybody, and that's the kind of thing we're going to need if we want to move forward and build on this. It was a nice performance."
After his team narrowly escaped Brown Deer, 63-61, on Tuesday, Scheidegger said he noticed his team's increased intensity in practice. The challenge was scaling back the energy to focus on fundamentals.
"After that Brown Deer game, we had this energy surge," he said. "In practice on Thursday, it was almost like I had to tell them to settle down. 'Let's stop moving so much and just do our offense, just run what we do.' They have so much energy, sometimes they get a little excited, and that can be our biggest problem."
Evidently, Scheidegger got his team to settle down — his players were seemingly incapable of missing long-range shots all night.
The Lions also impressed defensively, where they held Greendale standout Jordan Perez to 17 points — a slow night by his standards. Perez entered Friday averaging just over 25 points per contest. David Pulizos also reached double figures for Greendale with 10 points.
"Perez is just a special player, he's phenomenal," Scheidegger said. "I mean he's really the real deal. I don't know if we did anything on him defensively. I guess we got some quick buckets that maybe took away some of his rhythm, but you can't stop a guy like that. You can hope to slow him down a bit and maybe that's what we did."
On Greendale's side, it was a humbling, tip-your-cap kind of night.
"Timmer's a great player and that's what great players do," Greendale head coach Ryan Johnsen said. "And once some of their other guys get going, they're a tough team that gets very difficult to stop. You have to give them credit."
Lions get out on break
The game's pace created bountiful fast-break opportunities for the Lions, evidenced by their meager three-of-six showing at the free-throw line. Timmer only scored one of his 37 by way of the charity stripe.
"I'm maybe used to getting (to the line) a little more than that," he said, "but we're both pretty athletic teams and we knew there would be a lot of running and transition."
While Ike sits atop the Woodland West, Greendale is second at 5-2, 6-2 overall.
The Lions are off until they face Messmer at the New Berlin West classic next Friday, while the Panthers get back on the court next Saturday against Plymouth at the WBY Shootout at Concordia University.
"It's a good win for us at home against a good team," Scheidegger said. "I think the kids are playing together well and the seniors definitely want to build off last season. We've got a lot of work to do, but we have a great group here."
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