Eady, Murphy power Cards

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Rob Reischel
Storm Murphy scored 28 points in Middleton's rout of Racine Horlick last Wednesday./Photo courtesy of Mary Bavery

Kevin Bavery has been a boys varsity basketball coach for 26 seasons now.

In Bavery’s 13 years at Oregon, two seasons at Cedarburg and 11 years at Middleton, he’s never experienced what he did last Wednesday. Research shows it may not have ever happened inside Middleton’s program.

Cardinals seniors Tyree Eady and Storm Murphy combined for a whopping 58 points and led Middleton to an impressive 85-56 win over visiting Racine Horlick. That’s the most points scored by a Middleton duo in at least 20 years.

Eady shot 10-of-16 from the floor and had 22 of his game-high 30 points in the first half. Murphy had 20 of his 28 points in the first half and shot 10-of-17 from the floor.

Middleton improved to 8-1, while the Rebels fell to 5-3.

“That was a lot of fun,” said Murphy, the Cardinals’ point guard. “Since the (Madison) Memorial game, we’ve moved the ball a lot better and done a great job on offense. Tonight, we got a lot of really good shots.”

Eady agreed.

“We’ve got great chemistry right now and all the hard work is paying off,” said Eady, who matched his career-high. “We’re here for a reason and that’s to do great things. We want to make our senior season a great one.”

Middleton’s dynamic duo certainly made this night a memorable one.

When the Cardinals suffered their only loss of the year to Madison Memorial last month, they never could solve the Spartans’ 1-3-1 zone defense. Middleton’s ball movement was sluggish and it settled for far too many contested shots.

Horlick also played a 1-3-1 zone the entire night, and this time, the Cardinals picked it apart.

“I think we showed how we’ve grown,” Bavery said.

And how.

On the first play of the game, Murphy fed Eady for a lob dunk after a screen by Jack Smith. From there, the Cardinals never slowed down.

Eady knocked down four three-pointers in the first half and made 8-of-13 shots. Murphy shot 7-of-11 in the first half and drilled five three-pointers.

“Ty is just so smooth,” Bavery said. “He has a high skill set, is highly athletic and has a high basketball IQ. And right now, he’s really playing with a purpose.

“With Storm, we kind of hit a point where it was time to take the reigns off of him. He needs to understand that sometimes the simplest play is the best play, and he’s getting better and better at that.”

Eady scored the first seven points of the game and Murphy added a three-pointer as Middleton raced to a 10-0 lead. Horlick, an extremely athletic team without much depth, answered with a 15-3 burst and took its biggest lead of the night at 15-13.

But with the Cardinals holding a 25-23 lead, they did what they’re so good at: exploding.

Middleton smacked Horlick with a 24-7 run and grabbed a 49-30 lead with 1:55 left in the first half.

“That’s a lot of fun,” Murphy said of big runs that Middleton has become so good at. “We were all doing a great job on offense, rebounding and playing good defense.”

That’s for sure.

Murphy started the Cardinals’ run with a three-pointer, then Eady drilled back-to-back triples. Eady hit a pair of free throws, then Murphy had a steal and lay-up as Middleton’s lead grew to 38-25.

Myron Ashford Jr. drilled a three-pointer and Murphy canned a three ball. Eady followed with a lay-up after a slick pass from Murphy and Parker Sigmon hit a three-pointer.

By halftime, Middleton’s lead was 51-35 and it had forced 13 Horlick turnovers.

“We’re a good half court team,” Bavery said. “But when we get points off of turnovers and transition points, we’re really dangerous,” Bavery said.

Middleton took all mystery out of this one, opening the second half on an 18-4 burst to grab a 69-39 lead.

Eady scored the first four points of the second half and Murphy had a lay-up. Ashford Jr. drilled a three-pointer and C.J. Fermanich scored as the Cardinals’ lead ballooned 62-37.

After a Horlick basket, Alan Roden scored on an assist from Murphy. Murphy followed with a three-pointer and Ashford Jr. scored as Middleton’s lead reached 30.

“We’ve worked a lot on our zone offense and we really picked them apart,” Eady said.

From there, Middleton’s lead grew to as many as 33 and never dipped below 28. Ashford Jr. added nine points, while the rock solid Smith had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Middleton finished the game shooting 30-of-62 from the floor (48.4%) and knocked down a whopping 14 three-pointers. The Cardinals also outrebounded the Rebels, 35-24, and held Horlick to 42.5% shooting (20-of-47).

For Middleton, it was a memorable ending to 2016.

“We knew this was going to be tough, so this is a great win,” Murphy said. “I like where we are right now. We just have to keep getting better.”

If Eady, Murphy and the Cardinals can somehow do that, 2017 could be memorable.

• On deck: Middleton travels to Beloit Memorial Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals then meet Hartland Arrowhead Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.

 

Dec. 30

Middleton 85, Racine Horlick 56

Racine Horlick ………………. 35 21 — 56

Middleton ……………………. 51 34 — 85

RACINE HORLICK — Beadles 1 0-1 2, Golden 2 1-2 5, Rooney 1 6-8 8, Milton 7 3-3 20, Seay 1-2 1, Caldwell 7 1-2 15, Mosley 0-2 0, Nelson 2 0-0 5. Totals 20 12-20 56.

MIDDLETON — Ashford 3 1-4 9, Bowman 0-0 3, Cinti 1 2-2 4, Eady 11 4-6 30, Fermanich 1 0-0 2, Lewis 1 0-0 2, Murphy 10 2-3 28, Roden 2 0-0 4, Sigmon 1 0-0 3, Smith 0-2 . Totals 30 9-17 85.

3-point goals — MID 14 (Ashford 2, Bowman 1, Eady 4, Murphy 6, Sigmon 1), 4 (Milton 3, Nelson 1). Total fouls — MID 18, 11.

 

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