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Messmer hands Lions boys first loss

Eisenhower basketball team rebounds to beat Northstars

Dec. 29, 2013

New Berlin Eisenhower saw Messmer snap the Lions' eight-game winning streak to start the season, 62-60, in their first game of the New Berlin Classic on Friday.

But then they bounced back to beat Waukesha North, 59-53, on Saturday night to improve to 9-1.

The Lions now are off until Jan. 7 when they host New Berlin West (2-6) at 7:30 p.m.

No patience

Eisenhower lacked patience against a Messmer team that liked running up and down the court and that eventually cost the Lions the win.

Messmer jumped off to a 16-13 first-quarter lead, as it took a 3-point bank shot by Reed Timmer, who finished with a game-high 28 points, at the buzzer to make it that close. Avery Smith had eight for Messmer, with two 3-pointers.

The Lions then played their only good quarter, outscoring the Bishops, 14-6, as senior guard Bennett Kohlhardt drilled in seven points and Timmer added five.

Trailing 22-20, Ike closed out the half with a jumper by Kohlhardt. Timmer drove the lane, scored, was fouled and he converted the free throw and then Timmer knocked down two free throws for a 27-22 lead.

Both teams didn't play much defense in the second half, with Messmer winning each quarter (20-17, 20-16).

"Everyone talks about defense all the time and that is good, but a lot of times that is set up by offense and what shots you took," said Ike coach Dave Scheidegger, who was not pleased with his offense. "We feel we have the kind of personnel where we can take the shot we eventually want.

"Our offense, I don't know if it was the two days off; the offense was a little out of sync. I don't know if we played with that much of a purpose. I thought Messmer played with a purpose."

Ike's biggest lead came with 5:47 remaining in the third period, 37-35, when Timmer hit freshman Sullivan Kulju with a perfect pass for a layup.

Ike led 42-35 when Raymond Pierce hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to cut it to 42-40. Timmer and Jonathan Carson exchanged baskets to go into the fourth quarter with Ike up, 44-42.

Timmer had 11 of the Lions' 17 points in the period. Dallas Polk-Hilliard (8), Carlson (7) and Pierce (5) led the Bishops.

Nick Ganzke took a pass from Timmer, scored, was fouled and converted the free throw with 3:06 left and a 50-49 lead and Scheidegger called time out to talk strategy.

But that was Ike's last lead of the night, as Polk-Hilliard put in a rebound and Carson scored on a drive, was fouled and converted and the Bishops had a 54-50 lead.

Messmer led 60-54 with 22 seconds to play when Vince Gabrielsen hit a 3-pointer, but Deonte Newsome was fouled and sank two free throws making it 62-57, so Ganzke's 3-pointer with three seconds left was meaningless.

Newsome (6 points), Carson (5) Polk-Hilliard (5) led Messmer's fourth-quarter run, while Timmer and Ganzke had six points each.

Polk-Hilliard scored 17 points, Carson had 14 and Smith 10 to lead Messmer. Ganzke's 13 was second to Timmer's 28 for Ike.

"Messmer is very good," Scheidegger said. "You have to respect everything they did. Congratulations to them. I thought they played very poised.

"On offense for us, I thought we needed to be a little patient at times. It turned into a slugfest each possession. We probably needed to value the possession a little more than we did today.

"It's two good teams, somebody had to lose. I think there was some good lessons to be learned."

Gumshoe

Waukesha North stuck around the Lions like gum on a tennis shoe, before dropping a 59-53 decision on Saturday.

Timmer led the way with 34 points, including 17-of-22 from the free-throw line. Brett Hanson had nine points.

Ike trailed 14-11 after one quarter, but going on a 17-9 run to take a 28-23 lead into halftime. An 18-13 third quarter made a 46-36 third quarter lead stand up, although the Northstars battled with a 17-13 fourth period edge.

Adam Wieczorek had 19 points, Kyle Peterson added 11 and Mark Becker 10.

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