Boys basketball team takes Big 8 lead

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Rob Reischel
Storm Murphy and Middleton's boys basketball team lead the Big Eight Conference with a 6-1 record./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

There’s still a long ways to go.

But Middleton’s boys basketball team has jumped to the front of the Big Eight Conference race.

The Cardinals rolled past host Madison La Follette, 76-44, last Tuesday. Middleton followed that with a 96-29 pasting of visiting Janesville Parker last Thursday.

The Cardinals are now 7-1 overall and lead the Big Eight at 6-1. Janesville Craig, Sun Prairie, Beloit Memorial and Madison Memorial are all one game back at 4-2 in the conference.

Senior forward Tyree Eady led Middleton with 26 points in its win at La Follette. Senior guard Storm Murphy added 14 points, while senior wing Myron Ashford Jr. added eight points.

Junior sparkplug guard Alan Roden added six points on 3-of-3 shooting, and led the Cardinals with eight rebounds and four assists.

“Alan Roden continued to show his teammates that there is so much more to the game that being able to put the ball in the hoop, and he is capable of doing that as well,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “His head is always turning to find a block out, stays physical with them, and secures the ball. Collectively we need to get better in those areas.”

Eady added six rebounds and three assists, while Jack Smith had five rebounds. C.J. Fermanich added three assists, while both Murphy and Smith had three steals.

Middleton started slow and the teams were tied, 10-10. But the Cardinals began attacking the Lancers’ 2-2-1 three-quarters court press with more authority and built a 36-27 halftime lead.

Middleton opened the second half on a 17-2 run and pushed its lead to 53-29. Junior guard Davis Roquet (six points) drained a pair of three-pointers during that burst.

The Lancers pulled within 55-40, but the Cardinals smacked them with a 15-2 burst and took a commanding 70-42 lead.

“We challenged them pretty intensely at halftime, wondering where our ‘wolves’ and ‘bears’ were,” Bavery said, referring to terms he uses against pressure. “We came out with a much more aggressive attitude after halftime.”

Middleton outrebounded the Lancers, 37-24, and forced 17 La Follette turnovers. The Cardinals also shot 54% from the field and 76% from the free throw line.

“La Follette hung around early because we got pushed under the boards or didn’t hold block outs, even on missed free throw attempts,” Bavery said. “We also get lazy with one-hand passes, which is a trend in the game at various levels and venues, but it is only effective with a high skill level and a lot of practice.

“There is a time for a play ‘in the moment’ for that, but right now, it’s way too high of a percentage of our turnovers. It’s nice to have some success, but wow, we really do have a big step up in improvement that needs to be made and have a long ways to go!”

Middleton followed that with a dismantling of the Vikings on Thursday.

The senior trio of Eady, Murphy and Fermanich combined for 54 points. Eady led the way with 23, while Murphy added 18 and Fermanich chipped in 13.

Middleton built a 56-19 halftime lead and coasted in the second half, In all, 12 different Cardinals scored.

“It’s not an easy game to play,” Bavery said of facing the Vikings. “Parker is young and inexperienced and simply couldn’t compete, especially against our depth and pressure.

“Still, it’s easy for any team to be overconfident and become nonchalant or try to be flashy. We just played hard, shared the ball, and finished plays.

“We pulled off all of our traps early in the second half and focused on playing half court defense and getting high percentage shots on offense, while giving a lot of players an opportunity to get some quality minutes”.

• On deck: Middleton has just one game over a 15-day stretch in its holiday break. The Cardinals host Racine Horlick Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Dec. 22

Middleton 96, Janesville Parker 29

Janesville Parker …………. 19 10 — 29

Middleton ……………………. 56 40 — 96

JANESVILLE PARKER — Curry 3 0-2 7, Ellis 1 0-0 2, Ellison 2 1-2 5, Galvan 2 0-0 4, Jacobson 2 0-0 4, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Williams 2 1-2 5. Totals 13 2-6 29.

MIDDLETON — Ashford 2 0-0 5, Bowman 1 0-0 2, Eady 6 9-12 23, Fermanich 3 6-7 13, Murphy 8 0-0 18, Ragsdale 3 0-0 9, Roden 4 0-0 8, Roquet 1 0-0 3, Sigmon 2 2-2 6, Smith 2 0-0 4, Ticknor 1 0-0 2, Vergenz 1 1-1 3. Totals 34 18-22 96.

3-point goals — MID 10 (Ashford 1, Eady 2, Fermanich 1, Murphy 2, Ragsdale 3, Roquet 1), JP 1 (Curry 1). Total fouls — MID 11, JP 20.

 

Dec. 20

Middleton ………………………. 36 40 — 76

Madison La Follette …………… 27 17 — 44

MIDDLETON — Ashford 3 0-2 8, Bowman 2-2 2, Cinti 1 0-0 2, Eady 10 6-9 26, Fermanich 1 0-0 2, Lewis 2-2 2, Michaels 1 0-0 2, Murphy 5 3-4 14, Roden 3 0-2 6, Roquet 2 0-0 6, Smith 2 0-0 4, Wipfli 1 0-0 2. Totals 29 13-21 76.

MADISON LA FOLLETTE — Berg 2 0-0 4, Glosson 2 5-6 9, Howard 2 0-0 4, Patton 3 1-3 8, Probst 1 1-2 4, Seward 3 1-2 7, Sobah 3 0-0 7, West 1-2 1. Totals 16 9-17 44.

3-point goals — MID 5 (Ashford 2, Murphy 1, Roquet 2), ML 3 (Patton 1, Probst 1, Sobah 1). Total fouls — MID 17, ML 17.

 

 

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