The Greater Metro Conference is one of the most competitive conferences in the area night in and night out.  Brookfield Central knows this as well as anyone, as the host West Allis Central made them work for every possession Friday night.  The Bulldogs playing without sophomore point guard Brandon Key, worked together to forge an early first half lead on the visiting Lancers.  Sophomore Jerome Cummings played outstanding along with help from senior and junior guards Jequan Carson and Ron Turkvan. Their determined effort put Brookfield Central down 27-26 at the break.  However, Brookfield Central stormed out of the locker room and took over the game behind leading guard standout Riley LaChance’s 25 points and the rebounding prowess of junior post Elijah Goodman.  Junior Caleb Mortag helped seal runs for the Lancers with two emphatic dunks and Brookfield Central was able to leave West Allis with another win, 61-48.

TOP PERFORMERS:
Riley LaChance – 2014 – PG – Brookfield Central H.S.
6-3 – Brookfield, WI

LaChance’s performance was par for the course with the junior guard… spectacular.  LaChance picked his spots early in the offense, held tough defensively and waited for the opponent to crack a little in the second half when he changed the game almost single-handedly.  In the second half he buried three 3-pointers to stretch a small Lancers’ lead and made smart decisions to get teammates open as well. He finished with 25 points and went 2-3 from the free throw line. Goodman’s the fuel, LaChance is the fire!

Jerome Cummings – 2015 – G/F – West Allis Central H.S.
6-1 – Milwaukee, WI

The smooth sophomore wing showed yet again why he’s a player to keep eyes on the next couple years. Cummings is developing into a major weapon for the Bulldogs offense.  He was able to tally up 13 points efficiently by running the floor, finishing inside, knocking down a turnaround mid-range jumper and drilling a three.  The 6-2 guard/forward is still finding his niche defensively, but shows flashes, grabbing 6 rebounds and 3 steals against the Lancers.

Elijah Goodman – 2014 – F – Brookfield Central H.S.
6-4 – Brookfield, WI

Goodman continues to be a force inside for Brookfield Central. He slowed down a little offensively this game, but still managed 13 points thanks to his energy and physical presence rebounding the basketball. His 6 second half offensive rebounds were key in the Lancers ability to keep pressure on West Allis Central and extend their runs.  The physical post player avoided foul trouble and finished the game with another double-double.

Jequan Carson – 2013 – G – West Allis Central H.S.
5-11 – Milwaukee, WI

Carson has quietly put together a solid season for the Bulldogs and was essential to their offense against a stingy Lancers defense.  Carson took helm of the offense by maintaining composure versus the zone, finding guys in open positions and knocking down some big perimeter shots.   The senior guard finished with 11 points, with three 3’s and a pull-up jump shot.

Stock Boosters:
Ron Turkvan – 2014 – SG – West Allis Central H.S.
6-0 – West Allis, WI

Against a very difficult opponent, Turkvan returned to form after several weeks ailing from an ankle injury.  Turkvan gets up high with his jumper and has a smooth release.  He knocked in four shots and was 3-4 from the stripe to finish with 11 points. Turkvan still needs to improve patience picking his shots but the 6-0 guard is a tenacious defender, disrupting opponent’s rhythm with hustle and effort through the whistle each play.

Caleb Mortag – 2014 – F – Brookfield Central H.S.
6-5 – Butler, WI

Mortag was big in the Lancers’ control of the second half.  The lean forward used his length and quiet athleticism to make big plays offensively and defensively Friday night.  Two high-level dunks by Mortag gave Brookfield Central a huge lift and showed off his ability to raise up in traffic and finish plays off.  If he bulks up in the off season Mortag can be a major contributor consistently. He ended the game with 9 points on four field goals and a free throw which capped an awesome “and-1” poster dunk).