New Berlin - New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team took career of business last week and now it is time to move on to the second season.
The Lions opened the week by beating Pius XI, which finished third (10-7, 13-9 overall) in the Woodland-West, and then finished the regular season with a win over last-place Cudahy (1-17, 2-20) of the Woodland-East.
Ike ended the regular season with a 19-3 overall mark and a 15-2 Woodland-West record, three games ahead of second-place Pewaukee.
The Lions ended the season with 12 wins in a row and 16-of-17 games.
As a result, the Lions, who won the league six straight years from 2006-'11 before finishing second to Whitnall last year, are back on top with another championship for Dave Scheidegger's crew.
"We do put a lot of responsibility on the seniors," Scheidegger said. "I was proud of the way they responded. The competition in the league improved. We could have struggled early in the year, but it was up to the seniors to get it going again.
"They are a very good group. Good in school, good out of school, great role models. This is not a surprise. They stood up to a lot of strong schools."
Top-seeded Eisenhower now hosts the winner of Tuesday's game between crosstown rival eighth-seeded New Berlin West (6-16) and ninth-seeded Waukesha North (7-14) on at 7 p.m. Friday.
Scheidegger talked about having the No. 1 seed.
"I am very happy with where we are. We put in a lot of hard work to get to where we are. I told the guys on the bus ride home (from Cudahy), 'Now that's (regular season) done."
Scheidegger then told his team they needed to refocus, but they had six more steps to go (to state finals).
"This area is a kind of a hot bed for hoops," he said. "There are a lot of good players, teams, programs and coaches. We're all very competitive. Kids have grown up competing in all sports (not just basketball)."
Packin' it in
The Lions beat the Packers, 73-54, in Cudahy on Feb. 14, using a 20-7 first quarter to quickly put the game away. They led 33-22 at intermission and 55-36 after three quarters.
The Lions, who were 21-for-28 from the free throw line, were led by Reed Timmer, who poured in 31 points, including 14-for-16 from the charity stripe.
Corbin Messman had 13 points and Sandro Pesqueira added 12. Tyler Fricke had 23 and Dylan Bozich scored 14 for the Packers.
Big third quarter
The Lions had opened the week with a 54-40 win over Pius XI on Feb. 12 at home, using a huge third quarter to put the game away.
The Popes led 11-9 after one period, but Ike rallied to take a 21-18 halftime lead. Then Eisenhower ran off a 23-10 third quarter and rolled into the final period with a 44-28 advantage.
Once again the Lions got to the free-throw line (22-for-27), with Timmer leading the way with 7 for 10 to finish with a game-high 17 points.
Pesqueira finished with 12 and both he and Mitch Arman went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.
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