Timmer, Pesqueira key success for Eisenhower boys hoops
Lions win another Woodland Conference championship
New Berlin - The New Berlin Eisenhower boys got back on top of the Woodland Conference West Division after seeing their string of five straight outright or shared championships stopped by Whitnall last season.
The Lions finished with a 15-2 record, three games on top of Pewaukee (12-5), and 22-4 overall. They won a regional championship and lost in the sectional finals to Wisconsin Lutheran, snapping a string of 15 straight wins.
"It was really unbelievable what the kids did," Eisenhower coach Dave Scheidegger said. "All year long, the energy, competition, the team chemistry were there. It was a lot of fun. And that's how it's supposed to be."
The attitude to succeed
Scheidegger was extremely pleased with his team's attitude and he felt it went a long way toward the Lions' success.
"Working with this group of young men, who were humble and gave a sincere effort, all was team generated. They got into playing good basketball. They listened, took ownership and just jumped into it with their whole minds, spirit and body."
Timmer, of course, was the top player in the conference once again. He led the team in scoring (24.7 ppg), scoring a school record 43 points (39 was old record) in one game. He set a school record for points in a season (641) and in several games he never played in the fourth quarter.
He has scored a school record 1,433 points with a year left to go in his career. An excellent shooter, he had a 59 percent mark from the field (206-for-352), 83 percent from the free throw line (190-for-229) and 39.8 percent from the 3-point line (39-for-98). He led the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (3.5) and steals (3.4, including 10 in one game).
"He is phenomenal; there is not a weakness in his game," Scheidegger said. "He is flat out the toughest player I ever coached."
Sacrificing his game
Pesqueira, one of eight seniors on the team, averaged 11.8 ppg, scoring 294 points in 25 games. He shot 54 percent from the field (119-for-227), 39 percent from the 3-point arc (39-for-104) and 71 percent from the free throw line (27-for-38). He topped the team in 3s, was second in steals (1.7) and was third in rebounds (3.1) and assists (2.0).
"Sandro Pesqueira was the most respected player on the team," Scheidegger said. "He is always positive. Many teams played a triangle and two to try to stop him and Timmer. At times he would sacrifice his game to set up others."
Other seniors are Mitch Arman, Derek Jack, Corbin Messman, Charlie Sirek, Evan Eitel, Keenan Kilju and Cooper Prindl.
"They are wonderful young adults; mature, responsible, very smart," Scheidegger said. "They accepted their roles, they knew what it was and did what needed to do to help the team.
"We place a lot of responsibility on seniors. It's a four-year commitment. They provided us with rock-steady leadership, being there for each other, fundamentally sound. Really solid."
Scheidegger pointed out after a terrible first half in the opener against Wilmot was actually a turning point.
"We did a lot soul searching at halftime. The next day we probably had one of our best practices. We were humbled. We all accepted responsibility. That told me right there we were unselfish.
"Our team chemistry was good with juniors. These seniors fused the two classes. We had an outstanding year and I can't say enough about the leadership."
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