Middleton boys roll over Verona

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Rob Reischel
Tyree Eady scored 28 points to help power Middleton's boys basketball team past Verona last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Twelve months ago, Middleton’s boys basketball team went to Verona with a perfect 14-0 record.

The Wildcats stunned the Cardinals that night, and sent Middleton into a spiral to finish the year.

The Cardinals made sure history wouldn’t repeat itself in 2017.

Middleton went to Verona last Friday and routed the host Wildcats, 95-73. Senior forward Tyree Eady led four Cardinals in double figures with 28 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Senior guard Storm Murphy added 14 points, four assists and three steals, while senior wing Myron Ashford Jr. and junior forward Brogan Brunker both added 10 points. Senior guard C.J. Fermanich added eight points, five rebounds and four assists, while seniors Jack Smith and Ben Jackson both had five rebounds.

“Offensively we were able to shoot the ball well, as well as rebound vs. their 2-3 zone,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “We got them to get out of that into man-to-man and we did a nice job of making the play that presented itself ‘in the moment’, which is how we describe making the right read.”

Middleton jumped to a 48-32 halftime lead and was never seriously threatened after intermission.

Eady had 15 of his points in the first half, while Fermanich and Brunker both added eight and Murphy had seven.

Middleton also shot 5-of-8 from three-point range in the first half (62.5%).

“We definitely had an ability to score in a number of ways in the first half,” Bavery said. “We advanced the ball well in transition, moved it quickly in the half court, and attacked the rim and got some second chance points and some inside-out action for some perimeter looks.

“We are becoming more selfless game by game and it’s clear these guys simply want to do whatever it takes to get team points on the board, which is a great sign. Still, we felt like we left some easy scores on the court in the first half and that our lead could have been bigger with more solid half-court defense. Our pressure was fine, but our ability to stop the ball 1-on-1 still needs work.”

The second half was a carbon copy for the Cardinals, who continued to shine on offense and finished with their second-most points of the year.

In all, 18 Cardinals saw the floor and 13 of them scored.

Middleton also forced 26 Verona turnovers that led to 32 points off of turnovers. The Cardinals outrebounded Verona, 43-31, had 15 second chance points and 12 fast break points.

Middleton also shot 37-of-80 from the field (46.3%) and 13-of-16 from the free throw line (81.3%).

“We only let the guys enjoy this one for a moment and really hammered home on where we want to get to at the end of the season, and that our second half defensive effort won’t get it done at tournament time,” Bavery said. “We gave up too many easy drives and open looks down the stretch, and even with a comfortable lead we can’t get into a trading baskets mentality when defensive stops are what will put a game away.”

• On deck: The Cardinals travel to Janesville Parker Thursday at 7:30 p.m., then host Madison LaFollette Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


Feb. 3

Middleton ……………….. 50 45 — 95

Verona …………………… 32 41 — 73

MIDDLETON — Ashford 4 1-1 10, Brunker 4 2-2 10, Eady 12 3-3 28, Fermanich 3 0-0 8, Jackson 1 0-0 3, Michaels 1 0-0 2, Murphy 4 4-6 14, Ragsdale 1 0-0 2, Roden 2 2-2 6, Roquet 2 0-0 5, Smith 2 0-0 4, Ticknor 1 0-0 2, Wipfli 0 1-2 1. Totals 37 13-16 95.

VERONA — Buss 2 1-2 5, Clements 9 4-6 23, Fink 2 0-0 5, Golden 0 1-2 1, Gonzales 1 0-0 2, Kemper 0 2-2 2, King 0 0-1 0, McClure 1 1-2 4, Pederson 4 3-3 13, Reiber 3 0-0 6, Van Handel 5 2-3 12. Totals 27 14-21 73.

3-point goals — M 8 (Ashford 1, Eady 1, Fermanich 2, Jackson 1, Murphy 2, Roquet 1), V 5 (Clements 2, Fink 1, McClure 1, Pederson 1). Total fouls — M 16, V 17.


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