In a rematch of one of last year’s Sectional Final games, the Germantown Warhawks faced off against the De Pere Redbirds for a chance to defend their title in Madison next week. Both teams met up at Homestead High School and the gymnasium was wild and energized long before the tipoff with both teams having a host of supporters on their sides.
Germantown jumped out to an early lead and junior point guard Lamonte Bearden set the tone from the get-go for the Warhawks. Germantown’s leader and star forward/center, Luke Fischer, started off a little slower offensively and commanded the defense before displaying his dominance inside in the second half. On De Pere’s end, sophomore Brevin Pritzl showed what he is capable, leading the Redbird offense along with a valiant showing by senior guard Spencer Mocarski. However, by the time the final horn sounded the Warhawks were up 73-59 and heading back to state undefeated.
Afterward, Pritzl discussed what he thought of how the game went and despite the end of his team’s season he said “I thought we played extremely hard… we put a battle into them, we played real physical… it just didn’t end up going the way we wanted it to.” De Pere did put in quite the effort, fighting their way back into the mix a few times to keep it close until the final minutes. The physical play and all-around hard play will serve the undefeated Warhawks well going up to state.
“They are one of the toughest teams we’ve seen every year… They run a great program and have established their dominance [up north] and I don’t look forward to having to play them, but when it’s over, if we make it through that game it makes us all the better for the next one.” Coach Showalter touched on the way De Pere battled and how it has now prepared them for state again.
Regarding the game and what it took to defeat the Redbirds, Bearden said “We knew we were going to have to come out here and play hard… I knew De Pere was going to put up a fight, but we kept up our intensity and came out with the W.” When asked about what it feels like to be heading to state for his first time, the junior point guard added “It feels good, playing with these guys on my team this year, words can’t express the feeling.” He has certainly made the most of his opportunity to this point.
Lamonte Bearden – PG – 2014 – Germantown H.S.
6-3 – Germantown, WI
Bearden was absolutely special in the Warhawks’ Sectional Final victory. Posting 22 points and 8 assists against a tough defensive unit was impressive and the junior point guard made it look smooth and easy at times. De Pere had fits trying to contain Bearden from getting to the glass and finishing, or when they were able to back him up he was pin-point accurate with his decisions and passes to open guys, particularly 7-footer Luke Fischer. This was an all-around perfect game for Bearden who caused and executed steals defensively, distributed the ball and scored with authority and efficiency all game.
Luke Fischer – F/C – 2013 – Germantown H.S.
7-0 – Germantown, WI
Fischer hit a couple shots in the first half, but was commonly double-teamed and De Pere dug down hard and physical against the big man. Fischer paced himself through it and didn’t force much, instead letting Bearden and others attack the open spots left by the doubler. In the second half, he re-established himself, displayed soft hands and excellent body control catching the ball in traffic, and then finished superbly at the rim. The future Hoosier will enter the state tournament once again, this time off a 19 point, 9 rebound and 4 block performance.
Brevin Pritzl – SG – 2015 - De Pere H.S.
6-2 – De Pere, WI
The sophomore was once again a steady force throughout the game for the Redbirds. His three in the 3rd quarter to bring his team within four points of the defending champs was ‘cold’ and he showed an ability to mix it up inside, grabbing 6 rebounds and having some nice put-backs. Pritzl was calm and steady all game and was 5-of-5 from the free-throw stripe. Prtizl finished up with a team-high 20 points in the loss.
Spencer Mocarski – G – 2013 – De Pere H.S.
6-1 – De Pere, WI
Mocarski had an outstanding game for his last high school game. The senior scored early taking it straight at Fischer a couple times with floaters over his outstretched arm and kissing it off the glass. Later he showed-off his ability to knock down mid-range jumpers and included a three-pointer for good measure. Mocarski was hard-nosed defensively coming up with 3 steals and grabbing 4 rebounds to add to his 18 points. “He played phenomenal… for his last game he played an outstanding game and I just tried to compliment what he was doing ‘cause really he’s our energy guy and he defends so well, it brings energy to us offensively as well,” Pritzl commented about Mocarski’s play.
Brian Bearden – SG – 2014 – Germantown H.S.
6-2 – Germantown, WI
Brian Bearden played a very steady game off the bench for Germantown. He brought energy off the bench and helped the Warhawks pick up their intensity on defense while in. Off some nice passes from teammates Jake Showalter and brother Lamonte Bearden, Brian was able to get out in transition and finish layups, as well as having a nice move inside in the second half to finish another bucket. He ended the day with 12 points, including a perfect 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.
Evan Wesenberg – SF – 2014 – Germantown H.S.
6-6 – Germantown, WI
Wesenberg was solid again in the win over De Pere. Though picking up a couple fouls which cut his minutes down some this game, Wesenberg hit a couple big shots early, including one to end the first quarter, added a three-point basket in the second half and had 3 blocks. Luke Fischer called Wesenberg their defensive stopper, and he did a great job causing De Pere to adjust plays and shots with his energy, size and athleticism. The junior finished the game with 11 points, 6 rebounds and those 3 blocks en route to helping Germantown to another state tournament berth.
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