New Berlin Eisenhower boys defense keys two big quarters
Eisenhower basketball improves to 13-1 with two victories
New Berlin Eisenhower boys continue to roll, as Reed Timmer scored 80 points in victories over Greenfield on Friday and Muskego in a non-conference basketball game Jan. 14.
The Lions, who have won five in a row overall, have improved to 13-1 with a 10-0 mark ahead of second-place Pewaukee (7-2) and Pius XI (6-2).
Scoring run for Ike
After leading only 16-15 in the first quarter against Muskego, the Lions exploded in a 29-11 second quarter, at one point going on a 12-0 run, to roll into halftime with a 45-26 advantage.
"After that, we kind of panicked," Muskego coach Andy Capes said. "We were not passing as much and we were making a lot of one-on-one moves."
Eisenhower coach Dave Scheidegger made a defensive adjustment.
"We shrunk our defense," he said. "We started full court, but it backfired. In the second quarter we tried to calm, slow down. We were going a mile a minute on offense which is our tendency. But it's a catch-22, sometimes it's not so good."
Timmer led the way with 44 points, tossing in five 3-pointers and hitting 11-for-12 from the free throw line.
"He hit some threes with guys right in his face," Capes said. "He also hit two long buzzer-beaters from well beyond the arc at the end of two quarters."
Three Lions finished with eight points each — Jack Sirek, who had two 3s, Nick Ganzke and Brett Hanson.
Muskego was led by Mike Vidmer, who had 16 points with two 3s and 4-for-6 from the free throw line, Trevor Bednarek had 13, including 5-for-7 from the free throw line, and Brandon Glandt with 12.
Big final push
In Friday's 75-62 victory, the Lions, who were trailing 49-48 after three quarters, exploded for 27 points in the final quarter while holding the Hustlin' Hawks to 13 points to come out with their fifth straight victory.
"We picked up our defensive intensity," Scheidegger said about the big fourth quarter. "We got some turnovers and things and that sparked us. We stepped and attacked."
Ike had jumped off to a 20-11 lead after one period, but Greenfield controlled the second and third quarters, 38-28, to have a one-point edge going into the decisive final period.
Timmer tossed in 36 points as he continues to get to the free throw line (15-for-16). Sophomore Jack Sirek added 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and senior Brett Uelner added 11, including a 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line. Marcus Meyers had 16 to lead Greenfield.
The Lions converted an impressive 24-for-27 free throws, an .838 shooting mark.
Eisenhower hosts Shorewood (6-5, 4-5) of the Woodland East at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and then plays back-to-back games hosting Cudahy (3-9, 1-8) on Jan. 28 and playing a non-conference game with Brookfield East at 3:25 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Bradley Center before the Milwaukee Bucks game with the Phoenix Suns.
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