Pewaukee - Eric Lutzen lifted the Pirates boys basketball team to victory over visiting New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday, 59-55.
Lutzen, a junior, scored 14 points and pulled down 16 rebounds while in the giving mood, dishing out five assists for the Pirates. The team is now 4-2 in the young season.
"Lutzen was a monster," head coach Mike Basile said. "It seemed like he was able to get any rebound we needed when we needed it tonight. He helped us by giving us that needed inside presence. I thought we stood a little bit too much offensively, but Eric was there and simply outstanding."
After Eisenhower's leading scorer Reed Timmer made a conventional 3-point play with 12 seconds left in the game to cut Pewaukee's advantage to one possession, 58-55, the Lions quickly fouled. Senior David Girmscheid missed his first free throw but knocked down the second, putting the game away for Pewaukee.
"We fouled when we shouldn't have late in the game with a lead," Basile said.
Timmer finished the game with 29 points, going 10 for 11 at the free-throw line, with most of them coming late in the game.
Basile thought his crew held one of the state's top scorers in check until the fourth quarter.
"Timmer's a tough kid that hits some big shots, but I thought early on we contained him and that kept us in the game," Basile said.
John Conroy added 12 points for Pewaukee. Girmscheid and Jordan Hass each scored 9.
New Berlin Eisenhower (4-2) got 8 points from senior Sandro Pesqueira. Junior Bennett Kohlhardt finished with 7 points, and senior Corbin Messman added 5 points.
It just wasn't the Lions' night.
"Obviously we didn't shoot the ball very well," said David Scheidegger, the Lions' veteran head coach. "We tried about every method possible. It was a lack of production on our part on the percentage of shooting. I'm not sure who the shooting coach is, maybe it's me, but whoever it is, we're going to have to fix that guy," he chuckled.
Eisenhower is 4-2 and 3-1 in the Woodland-West Division.
"Given our tough early schedule at 4-2, I'm pretty pleased with where we're at right now," Basile said.
Ike had a bye on Friday and plays South Milwaukee on Tuesday. The Lions next game is at New Berlin West on Friday.
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