Boys basketball team wins two straight

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Rob Reischel
Billy Johnson helped Middleton’s boys basketball team notch a pair of wins last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The drought was just shy of six weeks.

To those inside Middleton’s boys basketball program, it felt more like six years.

The Cardinals hadn’t strung together consecutive wins since the first week of January. But Middleton ended that skid with a pair of hard fought victories last week.

The Cardinals downed visiting Beloit Memorial, 78-65, last Thursday. Middleton then defeated host Janesville Parker, 61-55, last Saturday.

The Cardinals also fell to Madison East, 73-31, last Tuesday and now sit at 7-11 overall and 6-9 in the Big Eight Conference.

“We have had leads late in a number of close games, but haven’t been able to either hold on to a lead, or come back from a late deficit,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “Closing out back-to-back games when we were either down or our opponent was charging shows how much these guys won’t quit and still have goals to make some noise in our final four games, as well as at tournament time.”

Here’s a look back at Middleton’s solid week:

• Middleton 61, Janesville Parker 55 — Senior guard Cole Deptula has been red-hot, of late, and stayed that way by scoring 24 points against the Vikings. Deptula has now scored in double figures in 12 of his last 13 games and is averaging 15.9 points per game in that stretch.

Deptula drained seven three-pointers, which tied the school-record held by Derek Rongstad and Logan Schultz.

“It says a lot about the amount of time spent in the gym perfecting that skill,” Bavery said of Deptula.

Senior forward Billy Johnson added 12 points, while senior center Parker Van Buren had 10 points and freshman Kaden Fosdick added nine.

The Cardinals raced to a 37-27 halftime lead behind five three-pointers and 17 points from Deptula. Van Buren also had nine first half points, while Johnson had five and Fosdick added four.

“Deptula was money all half,” Bavery said. “We couldn’t ask for a better inside-out attack.”

Parker played like a different team, though, at the start of the second half and grabbed a seven-point lead.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Bavery said. “We took some quick shots, didn’t establish an inside game, and got beat on some straight-line drives to the basket, mostly from the driver’s strong hand.

“They definitely have the best personnel they have had in quite some time. They have two very good 1-on-1 scorers, and with their freshman coming along, they have been a tough out for a lot of teams. They only have one senior on their roster, so they will definitely be one of the teams to watch in the Big 8 next season.”

Down the stretch, though, the Cardinals made most of the big plays

Johnson had seven points in the final 10 minutes, Fosdick had five points down the stretch and the Cardinals rallied back.

“Our coaching staff was very proud of their drive, their focus, and their determination,” Bavery said.

• Middleton 78, Beloit Memorial 65 — Deptula again led the Cardinals with 19 points, four assists, three steals and went 11-for-11 from the free throw line. Johnson added 15 points, while Schultz (13), Henry Patterson (12) and Van Buren (10) all reached double figures, as well.

“Obviously it was a much needed win, but more importantly we had a lot of players contributing in their own unique way,” Bavery said. “We rotated 12 players in the first half in shorter stints, and they responded well, whether it was scoring or rebounding or just providing some defensive hustle. It was what this game is supposed to be – fun!”

Deptula had 12 first half points as Middleton built a 42-33 lead at the break. Schultz (eight) and Patterson (seven) had strong halves, while Van Buren and Johnson combined for 12 points primarily in the paint.

“Anytime you establish a presence down low it opens up everything else,” Bavery said. “We have slowly built a variety of looks on the offensive end depending on which personnel is on the court at the time, but it all starts with an emphasis on going inside. It’s never ‘too little, too late’ and it was fun to see our guys at a high buy-in level late in the season.”

Johnson, an Air Force football recruit, continued his physical presence in the second half and scored nine of his career-high 15 points. Deptula and Patterson combined to go 10-of-11 from the free throw line down the stretch to put the game away.

“Beloit is an interesting team,” Bavery said. “Not a lot of wins, but they have all the pieces — a prolific scorer who can post up or hit the three-pointer, a couple of relentless rebounders, and they can apply solid on-ball pressure, which has been an Achilles heel for us this season.

“They just struggle getting contributions from multiple players on the offensive end, but they have taken the best in this league deep. So, they are only a player or a few plays away from being right there with everyone.”

• Madison East 73, Middleton 31 — The host Purgolders routed the Cardinals last Tuesday.

Middleton trailed, 32-10, at halftime and things never got better. Van Buren led the Cardinals with eight points.

• On deck: Middleton hosted Janesville Craig Wednesday night, then hosts Sun Prairie Friday at 7:15 p.m. The Cardinals are at Monona Grove Feb. 24 at 7:15 p.m., then conclude the regular season with a trip to Madison La Follette on Feb. 27 at 7:15 p.m.

 

Feb. 15

MIDDLETON 61, JANESVILLE PARKER 55

Middleton ……………….. 37 24 — 61

Janesville Parker ………. 27 28 — 55

MIDDLETON (fg ft-fta pts) — Raffel 1 0-0 2; Deptula 7 3-5 24; Patterson 2 0-0 4; Van Buren 3 4-6 10; Johnson 4 4-6 12; Fosdick 3 3-4 9. Totals: 20 14-19 61.

JANESVILLE PARKER — DeLong 1 0-0 3; Conners 3 0-1 8; Biba 7 2-2 17; Weis 2 0-0 5; Bess 7 1-2 17; Vernon 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 3-5 55.

3-point goals: M 7 (Deptula 7); JP 8 (Bess 3, Conners 2, Delong 1, Weis, Biba 1). Total fouls: M 9; JP 18.

 

Feb. 13

MIDDLETON 78, BELOIT MEMORIAL 65

Beloit Memorial ................ 33 32 — 65

Middleton ......................... 42 36 — 78

BELOIT (fg ft-fta pts) — Phiffer 1 0-0 3, Hanna 1 1-1 3, Farr 1 0-0 2, Harris 1 0-0 2, Bell 8 8-10 26, Chandler 4 2-5 12, Boyd 1 1-2 3, Ganitu 5 4-9 14. Totals 22 16-27 65.

MIDDLETON — Raffel 2 0-0 5, Deptula 3 11-11 19, Patterson 3 5-6 12, Schultz 5 0-0 13, Van Buren 5 0-1 10, Ballweg 0 2-4 2, Fosdick 1 0-0 2, Johnson 7 1-4 15. Totals 26 19-26 78.

3-point goals: BM 5 (Bell 2, Chandler 2, Phiffer 1); M 7 (Schultz 3, Deptula 2, Raffel 1, Patterson 1). Total fouls: BM 24; M 21.

 

Feb. 11

MADISON EAST 73, MIDDLETON 31

Middleton ……………. 10 21 — 31

Madison East ………. 32 41 — 73

MIDDLETON (fg ft-fta pts) — Raffel 2 0-0 5, Deptula 1 0-0 2, Statz 0 1-2 1, P. Van Buren 2 4-6 8, Finch 2 2-3 6, Johnson 3 0-0 6, B. Van Buren 1 0-0 3. Totals 11 7-11 31.

MADISON EAST — Jones 5 2-4 13, Washington 5 1-1 13, McKinley 3 0-0 7, Fadele 5 0-0 12, Jackson 3 2-2 8, Grant 0 1-2 1, McIntosh 2 2-2 7, Boyton 2 0-0 4, Justice 2 0-0 6, Tupa 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 8-12 73.

3-point goals: Mid 2 (Raffel 1, B. Van Buren 1); ME 9 (Fadele 2, Justice 2, Washington 2, Jones 1, McKinley 1, McIntosh 1). Total fouls: Mid 14; ME 16.

 

 

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