New Berlin - Junior guard Reed Timmer exploded for 43 points and sparked New Berlin Eisenhower to a 78-46 romp over Muskego on Friday at Eisenhower.
Timmer, who scored 33 points in the first half, helped the Lions to a 44-13 lead at intermission. Timmer finished with 17 field goals, including seven 3-pointers, and was 2-for-3 from the free throw line. He broke the school record of 39 points set by Corey Michel.
On top of that, he accumulated all those numbers in just three quarters, as he sat out the fourth period.
Ike coach Dave Scheidegger said the Lions weren't intentionally trying to feed Timmer.
"Our spacing and ball movement was good," he said. "We played good defense; got a lot of transition baskets. The ball just moved. A good player like Reed can hit three-pointers, drive the lane, hit jumpers. He has all the skills."
Muskego head coach Andy Capes said his team was clearly unable to deal with Timmer's many skills.
"He hit every shot that was open, but even when we didn't leave him open, he still hurt us," Capes said.
Unlike their season-opening loss when they were outscored, 20-8, in the first quarter, the Lions raced out to a 19-7 lead and then used a 25-6 second quarter to put the game away.
"The boys were very humbled after that loss to Wilmot," Scheidegger said. "On Wednesday we as a staff were pleased on how they reacted. They didn't need us to tell them they didn't play well.
"They were ready to play good basketball right away against Muskego."
The Warriors, by contrast, were not able to respond.
"We came out and were not ready," Capes said. "We have a lot of young guys and not a lot of varsity experience. We got off to a terrible start, and Timmer hit some shots early.
"Our guys settled down and we played so much better in the second half."
David Kucharski led Muskego with 14 points, while Turner Kehoe and Jordan Kvasnicka each added eight and Josh Breider seven points. Breider missed the entire football season with an injury but has largely recovered.
The Lions had 12-of-13 players got in the box score besides Timmer, but Sandro Pesqueira was the only other Eisenhower player in double figures with 11. Only Corbin Messman, with two field goals, had more than one field goal.
The Panthers blew out the Lions, 63-49, in the disappointing Nov. 13 opener at Wilmot. Wilmot used a 20-8 first quarter to roll to a 39-23 halftime lead. Timmer led the way with 30 points.
Eisenhower has several key players returning from last year's team, topped off by Timmer, who averaged 17 points per game and made almost every postseason all-star team that meant anything, including the NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Team.
Ike has 10 seniors on the roster, led by Pesqueira (10.9 points), Mitch Arman (4.8) and Gerald Bufford III (2.9), who played key roles last year.
Other seniors are Messman, Evan Eitel, Brett Hanson, Derek Jack, Keenan Kulju, Charlie Sirek and Tucker Tellefson. Timmer leads the juniors, along with Vince Gabrielsen, Nick Ganzke, Bennett Kohlhardt, Cooper Prindl and Brett Uelner.
- Additional reporting by John Rech
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