NY2LASPORTS.COM - SHOWALTER LEADS GERMANTOWN PAST BROOKFIELD CENTRAL
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
After an explosive weekend of hoops across the Badger state, the hoops season is in full swing and last night featured a showdown between two of the most consistent programs in recent years with Germantown squaring off with an always tough Brookfield Central squad. The end result was an excellent early season affair that saw G-town outlast the Lancers 55-49 behind a clutch 4th quarter performance.
This was a back and forth affair from the tip as both teams took turns with the lead during the first quarter and much of the same early in the 2nd period before Central was able to go in front by 1 point at the break 30-29. 6-6 So. F Seth Mortag was huge for the Lancers in the first half as the talented young swingman scored 12 points during the opening half on an array of mid range shots, drives to the rim, and put backs.
The third quarter saw Germantown bust out of the box looking to break the game open only to see Central reel them back in during the latter half of the 3rd period and actually extend their lead to a basket after 3 quarters. Strapped with some foul trouble to a couple of key players, Coach Showalter needed someone to step up big in the 4th period and his team did just that as they turned up the heat on the defensive end and executed down the stretch to pull ahead by 1 point inside the last 2 minutes. Inside the final 2 minutes G-town got a key offensive rebound off a miss and kicked it out to 6-2 So. G Zak Showalter on the left baseline who knocked down a clutch 3 point basket to extend the lead to 4 and push Germantown past the Lancers 55-49.
Showalter led the way for Germantown with 13 points while Seth Mortag paced the Lancers with 12 points in a losing effort.
Defending state champion Wisconsin Lutheran opened the season in style last night with a 67-56 victory over a hungry Homestead squad. Loyola-Chicago bound 6-5 Sr. SF Flavien Davis led the way for the Vikings with 25 points.
Northern Iowa bound 6-7 Sr. F Chip Rank paced Cedarburg to a 59-44 victory over Milwaukee Northwest. The talented forward finished with 17 points while 5-11 So. G Charles Mclellan paced Northwest with 15 points in a losing effort.
6-6 Jr. SF Roy Marshall followed up his 35 point weekend performance with a 22 point effort last night to lead Pulaski to a 63-51 victory over Lakeshore Christian. The talented swingman is out to a huge start averaging 28.5 PPG while leading Pulaski to a 2-0 record to start the year.
6-2 Sr. PG Steve McWhorter continues his rise as the Indiana State bound talent dropped a 25 piece on Milwaukee Riverside in a non-conference matchup to pace Racine St. Catherines to a 53-45 victory over Riverside.
6-1 Jr. F Kierre Ogbanna paced Brown Deer to a 60-53 victory over Greenfield. Ogbanna hit for 19 points while 6-0 Jr. PG Joziah Mallett added 9 points on the come up for Brown Deer. 6-5 Sr. F/C Alex Molter led the way for Greenfield with 21 points while 6-8 So. C Iyaad Assad finished with 14 points in a losing effort.
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.