New Berlin - New Berlin Eisenhower guards Sandro Pesqueira and Reed Timmer got their team off to a fast start and New Berlin West never recovered as the Lions ran off with a 46-29 decision.
The crosstown rivals met in the Woodland-West Division opener on Nov. 20 and then took the rest of the Thanksgiving week off.
Pesqueira drilled two 3-pointers and a fast-break layup off a Timmer pass and Timmer added three free throws and a jumper to spark a 13-2 run with 3:25 left in the first quarter and the Vikings could never recover.
Eisenhower led 17-7 after one quarter and 29-16 at intermission. After an 11-6 third quarter - led by Timmer's six points - the Lions increased their lead to 18 points (40-22) after three periods.
"We talked about being ready to play and closing out high and hard on Sandro and certainly we didn't," West coach Jeff Lewiston said about the slow start. "We talked about being in control and beating the press. We also talked about swinging the ball down and touching the sides of the court because that's pretty much been a hallmark for us over the years."
Lewiston was also upset with his team's inability to get the ball inside to 6-foot-4 inch forward Darin Sowinski.
"We talked about getting the ball inside and post touches, but I don't think we got but one touch in the first half. Our problem right now is we're not a physical ballclub, we're not aggressive by nature and we don't have anyone stepping forward right now for us.
"Fundamentally we made a hellacious amount of errors today and if we do that at this level, you are not going to win."
The Vikings were playing without 6-foot-5 inch Andrew Knoll and they also have a lot of new faces on the team.
"We're using a lot of kids who didn't play much last year. But that being said, you can't stand behind that all day."
Of course, the Lions' defense had a lot to do with that. They pressed West and made their guards turn the ball over several times.
"Our kids play with a lot of energy," Ike coach Dave Scheidegger said. "That's something you really can't teach. These kids are kind of a competitive group and they showed it."
Scheidegger has had a chance to play several kids in the first three games.
"We have a lot of kids, we have a lot of role players. We have a lot of kids who are similar so we see how they take advantage of the opportunity. Some of the kids are doing that."
Scheidegger praised Charlie Sirek, Derek Jack and Bennett Kohlhardt in particular for their play.
"We'll play the kids if they try real hard and that's what they're doing," he said.
Sowinski led West with 11 points, while Timmer had 24 points despite being hounded by Kevin Marx all night. Pesqueira added 11.
"This one hurts because we have higher expectations," Lewiston said. "We're at the bottom rung of the ladder right now, but we will start climbing up one rung at a time."
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