Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Crusaders Ride Sabin's hot hand

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

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CMH 68
Pewaukee 58
By Tom Badger , Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Too much Ty on its hands.

That’s what the Pewaukee High School boys basketball team had Saturday in a 68-58 loss to Catholic Memorial in the WIAA Division 2 regional final.

Memorial senior Ty Sabin collected 31 points – 20 in the first half – to lead the Crusaders (18-6) to the regional title and into a sectional semifinal against 21-3 New Berlin Eisenhower – a 61-51 winner over Whitnall on Saturday.

Pewaukee finished its season at 16-8.

Tied at 12-12 with two minutes left in the first quarter, Memorial went on an 11-2 run to establish a 23-14 lead after one quarter. The Crusaders hit their final five shots of the quarter, including a
3-pointer by junior Jake Shomin in the closing seconds.

Memorial was 11 of 13 from the field in the first quarter.

After a free throw and layup by Pewaukee junior Eric Lutzen, back-to-back 3-pointers by Sabin improved the CMH lead to 29-19 with 4:40 remaining in the half.

Moments later, Sabin hit two more 3-pointers and senior Andre Bodden scored underneath for a 38-26 lead at the 1:04 mark of the second quarter.

A Pewaukee 3-pointer by senior Austin Cairo just before the buzzer scaled the Crusaders’ lead back to 38-29 at the break.

Sabin shot 8 of 10 from the field – including four 3-pointers – in the first half.

“Ty had a hot hand early on,” Memorial coach Dean Bellanti said. “He was knocking the shots down – and it was a good thing he
did. That first half was a game of runs for us.”

“I was getting open looks – all within the system,” Sabin said. “That’s why it was working well. We were really passing the ball well as a team and my teammates were finding me.”

Pewaukee coach Mike Basile said his team wasn’t finding Sabin nearly enough.

“He was open more times that he should have been,” Basile said.

Pewaukee cut its deficit to 47-44
with 2:03 left in the third quarter. The Pirates’ rally was sparked by junior Jordan Hass’ 3-pointer and back-to-back layups by junior Ryan Stepanovich and Lutzen.

Bellanti called a timeout to regroup.

“The key to this victory happened at the end of the third quarter,” Bellanti said. “We got away from communicating. We were kind of drifting away from each other. We were able to turn it around and get to a point where we could control the tempo.”

Memorial rattled off the last six points of the quarter with Bodden scoring underneath and Sabin adding a layup and a baseline jumper, allowing the Crusaders to regain their nine-point halftime lead.

“If we could have been able to get over the hump, who knows?” Basile said. “We spent so much energy getting it back to a one- or two-possession game instead of five or six that we just couldn’t finish it off.”

Two inside scores by CMH junior Chandler North kept the Crusaders out front early in the fourth quarter.

Sabin finished 13 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 9 from behind the 3-point line. Junior Ayinde Starling had 10 points, while Bodden and North had eight points apiece.

Lutzen scored six of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Pirates were 6 of 6 from the foul line in the final quarter – 11 of 12 in the game. Junior John Conroy finished with 11 points, while Stepanovich had 10.

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