Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Boys basketball enters post season

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 62
N.B. West 48

CMH plays on
Crusaders play top-seeded Eisenhower Friday
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Chandler North was determined to make the final home game of his career a memorable one.

North, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, scored five of his 13 points in the third quarter as the fourth-seeded Catholic Memorial High School boys basketball team defeated fifth-seeded New Berlin West 62-48 in a physical, uptempo WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game Tuesday.

Memorial, which improved to 7-16 overall, advanced to face topseeded New Berlin Eisenhower in a regional semifinal Friday at Eisenhower.

The Crusaders led 34-28 at halftime and went on what proved to be a momentum-shifting 11-6 run in the third quarter, including six unanswered points over the course of the first two minutes.

North powered the spree with four straight points, highlighted by a left-handed layup with 5:52 left in the quarter.

North made a steal near the midcourt line, dribbled hard toward the basket and converted the uncontested shot to extend the lead to 40-28.

“We walked in with the mindset that this could potentially be our last game and tried to take care of
business,” said North, one of three New Berlin residents on the Memorial roster. “Early in the game, they pushed us around inside and took control of the offensive glass. Once that happened, we focused hard on boxing out and locked down inside to prevent the amount of second shots. That’s when we started to see good results.

“Heading into the second half, I just tried to post up and stay aggressive on each possession. With it being a physical battle, it was great to be able to come away with a few plays to help build some momentum in the third quarter. After losing on Senior Night, it was special to come back and redeem ourselves in the first round of the playoffs.”

Senior guard Jake Shomin added 13 points with senior guard Ayinde Starling chipping in 10 points for Memorial, which made 25 of 36 free throws and three baskets from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Alex Bray contributed seven points and senior forward Bill Sheaffer had six points.

Memorial coach Dean Bellanti was pleased with the way his squad responded to the pressure of a physical, first-round tournament game.

“We struggled at times, but played well enough to come away with a victory,” said Bellanti, whose team snapped a three-game
losing streak. “If we want to continue to have success, we need to be more consistent each time we step on the floor.

“In the third quarter, we started to rebound the ball better and began to take control of the game. Once we started to trust in one another and played fundamentally sound, good things started to happen. That was the big difference in the game tonight.” Senior forward Scott Reichel scored 15 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to pace New Berlin West, which ended the season 2-21 overall.

“We played well in the first two quarters, but couldn’t maintain the momentum heading into the second half,” said West assistant coach Brian Timmerman, filling in for longtime head coach Jeff Lewiston who was forced to miss the game because of illness. “Unfortunately, the turnovers came back to haunt us in the second half. The guys battled extremely hard but it wasn’t enough this time.”
Photo credit: Charles Auer/Freeman Staff - Memorial senior Ayinde Starling goes over New Berlin West freshman Zachary White during Tuesday’s playoff game at Catholic Memorial

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