February 18, 2011
Eagles, Beavers share league title
Host Brookfield earned a share of the Central Counties League boys’ basketball championship Thursday night with a 50-38 victory over McGraw. Both teams finished with 9-3 league records, the Eagles closing out the regular season 12-6 while the Beavers improved to 12-5.
In another league game, Cincinnatus finished its regular season with a 61-52 win over Madison.
Brookfield 50, McGraw 38: The hosts trailed 17-14 at halftime but exploded for a 17-4 third-quarter advantage that gave them control of the contest, with a 31-21 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
“Starting the third quarter we scored a quick bucket to go by five,” McGraw coach Corey Wilson said. “After the first two minutes of the third we didn’t execute offensively at all. We struggled shooting the ball and took too many quick shots. Those misses will wear on your defense, and Brookfield definitely took advantage. They started to hit their shots when they needed baskets. We didn’t penetrate and attack the basket well all night, and when we did get some inside looks we could not finish.”
Brookfield led 10-7 after one quarter before McGraw turned things around in the second to take the halftime lead that was soon to disappear. “We made some sloppy mistakes in that first four minutes of the game, not handling their pressure,” Wilson said. “They scored seven unanswered points in the first three minutes of the game. We were able to settle down and start converting on some key possessions.
“It was a defensive game in the first half; both teams really struggled to get the ball in the basket. We were able to key on their strongest player, Dylan Jones, in the first half, only allowing him to seven points. In the second quarter we made some key steals out in the perimeter to give us some fast-break points. Our leading scorer, Matt Kenyon, got into foul trouble in the first quarter. They really did a nice job containing him, but we knew that was to be expected.”
Dylan Beaumont led the Eagles with 10 points and also hauled down six rebounds, while Austin Chambers added eight points and 12 rebounds, Kenyon seven points and eight rebounds and Wade Morse nine rebounds. Cory Cowen had a game-high 18 points and Jones added 13 for the Beavers.
Both teams will learn their Class D post-season fates at Sunday’s sectional seeding meeting.
Cincinnatus 61, Madison 52: “We definitely saved our best for last,” Red Lions coach Jim Halstrom said. “We got off to a good start and played for four quarters. I’m very proud of the way our guys competed on both ends of the floor. We played solid, aggressive defense and did as good a job offensively as we have all season.
“Travis Rheinheimer was huge early, dominating the paint for eight of his 16 points in the first quarter. We were very aggressive taking it to the hoop on them, and that kind of put them on their heels in the first half as we built an 11-point lead. Joe Peri scored 10 of his game-high 25 points and teaming with Troy Halstrom and Travis for some key steals that led to transition points and allowed us to keep our momentum going into the final quarter. We wanted to work the ball and kill some clock in the fourth, but they pressed us full-court and we did a nice job handling that and scored off the break on four occasions.”
In addition to his 25 points, Peri had six steals for Cincy, which finished at 6-6 in league play and 8-10 overall. Rheinheimer finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Halstrom had nine points, four assists and four rebounds and Bryant Loomis was cited for his play off the bench.
Brian Klein scored 12 points and Mike Krutz nine for Madison,, now 12-6 overall.
The win qualified the Red Lions for the Section 3 Class D tournament starting next week.
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