Boys basketball team tops Sun Prairie

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Rob Reischel
Alan Roden and Middleton’s boys basketball team defeated Sun Prairie last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Kevin Bavery was surprised by the style.

He was also thrilled with the result.

Middleton’s boys basketball team rebounded from a tough loss to Madison Memorial and toppled visiting Sun Prairie, 58-41, last Saturday.

Middleton improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Big Eight Conference. Sun Prairie, which shared the league title with Middleton and Madison Memorial last season, fell to 2-1, 1-1.

“It wasn't what we envisioned, which was a shootout,” Bavery said. “It was a grinder and I have a feeling there will be a lot of those in the Big Eight this season.”

Senior forward Tyree Eady led Middleton with 23 points and four rebounds. Senior point guard Storm Murphy added 16 points and three assists.

Senior guard C.J. Fermanich had six points and eight rebounds, while junior wing Davis Roquet had six points. Senior wing Myron Ashford Jr., added four rebounds and junior guard Alan Roden had three steals.

Junior guard Marlon Ruffin led Sun Prairie with 14 points.

Middleton held Sun Prairie to 33% shooting from the field and forced 22 turnovers. Middleton also outrebounded Sun Prairie, 36-30.

Middleton has held opponents to an average of 50.3 points per game in its first three contests.

“Don't let the final score fool you, it was a tough win,” Bavery said. “We're definitely behind where I expected us to be offensively, but maybe a bit ahead defensively. We'd like to think any team we hold under 60 should be a win for us.”

Roquet had five early points as Middleton started strong. Eady had 10 first half points, but Sun Prairie hung tough and Middleton’s lead was just 23-20 at the break.

Eady had a big second half, as well, scoring 13 points in the second stanza, highlighted by a resounding breakaway dunk that helped put the game away in the final minutes.

Fermanich also went 6-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch and Murphy was 3-for-3.

“Our overall movement was better, but our timing is not there yet and we aren't making the simple plays,” Bavery said. “Making one more pass sometimes, one less pass another, always making the easy pass, and making the right play ‘in the moment’ are themes we have to focus on.”

In addition, Bavery highlighted the play of Ashford Jr. and Roden for playing “hungry.”

“Those two rose to the occasion,” Bavery said. “Alan simply makes plays because he’s willing to stick his nose into places not everyone is willing to do — yet. We will get everyone there as it’s the only way this team can reach it's potential.”

• On deck: Middleton traveled to Madison West Tuesday, then is at Janesville Craig Friday at 7:30 p.m. Both games should provide great motivation for the Cardinals.

West defeated Middleton in a regional final last year. Craig won at Middleton in the regular season finale, preventing the Cardinals from capturing sole possession of the Big Eight.

“There are no easy nights this year in the Big Eight,” Bavery said.

 

Dec. 3

Middleton 58, Sun Prairie 41

Sun Prairie ………………….…. 20 21 — 41

Middleton ………………….…. 23 35 — 58

SUN PRAIRIE — Jansen 0-2 , Ruffin 6 1-3 14, Schaefer 1 0-1 2, Schroeder 1 0-0 2, Strey 5 1-3 12, Suchomel 1-2 1, White 1 4-6 7, Schaefer 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 8-18 41.

MIDDLETON — Ashford 1 0-0 3, Eady 6 10-13 23, Fermanich 6-6 6, Murphy 5 6-7 17, Roquet 2 1-2 6, Smith 1-2 1, Roden 1 0-2 2. Totals 15 24-32 58.

3-point goals — MID 4 (Ashford 1, Eady 1, Murphy 1, Roquet 1), SUN 2 (Ruffin 1, Strey 1, White 1). Total fouls — MID 23, SUN 27.

 

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