Brookfield Central boys have unbeaten week
Lancers whip Marquette, West Allis Central, Oconomowoc
The final score doesn't even come close to describing Friday's 63-51 overtime win at home for Brookfield Central over defending champion West Allis Central.
The win gave the Lancers a 3-0 week, with a road win over conference rival Marquette on Dec. 11 and a win over Oconomowoc in the NY2LA Invitational on Saturday.
Central shares first place with preseason favorite Sussex Hamilton, each with 2-0 Greater Metro Conference records. The Lancers are 4-1 overall.
The game looked like a rout when the Lancers took a 13-2 lead after one quarter. But before you could say "Bulldogs," West Allis Central went on an 18-8 run in the second half to cut Brookfield's lead to 21-20 at intermission.
A 12-11 third quarter enabled the Lancers to take a slim 33-31 lead into the final quarter. The Bulldogs then had a two-point advantage (19-17) in the fourth period to take the game into overtime at 50-50.
But the Lancers went on a 13-1 run in the extra period and won going away.
Riley LaChance led the way with 24 points, converting 12-for-14 from the free throw line and tossing in two 3-pointers.
Elijah Goodman put in 19 points and pulled down 21 rebounds and point guard Brad Newton added 11.
Brandon Key (16 points), Jerome Cummings (15) and Jaquan Martin (11) led the Bulldogs' scoring as West Allis Central is 1-2 in the GMC and 4-2 overall.
The game was not a free-throw clinic: Both teams combined to go only 26-for-50, .520 percent.
The Lancers got to the free throw line 38 times, converting only 22, a terrible 58 percent, but the Bulldogs could only get to the line 12 times, making only four (.333).
Central jumped off to an early lead against the Hilltoppers and then pulled away in the fourth quarter to coast to a 58-41 lead and their second straight conference victory.
Newest Lancer sensation Goodman continued to impress for the Lancers, grabbing 25 rebounds and scoring 13 points to tie LaChance for the lead.
Central led 29-19 at intermission and 44-33 after three quarters before Marquette cut the lead to 46-37 with 6 minutes, 30 seconds to play.
But Goodman came through with an old-fashioned 3-point play off a rebound for a 49-37 lead and Central held off Marquette the rest of the way.
Luke Rasmussen was the third Lancer in double figures with 10 points, while Caleb Mortag had seven, Brad Newman had six and Peter Mattiacci had five.
Central, which was 7-for-12 from the free-throw line, almost doubled up the Hilltoppers from the field with 24 field goals to 13.
Central beat Oconomowoc on Saturday, 64-43, in the NY2LA Invitational at Homestead, outscoring the Raccoons 30-10 in the second and third quarters and walking away with the win, ending the week on a positive note.
An 18-16 high-scoring first quarter got the Lancers off and running and then a 14-4 second period gave them a solid 32-20 halftime advantage. They then came out after intermission after went on a 16-6 tear to go into the final period with a 48-26 lead.
LaChance led the Lancers with 20 points and Caleb Mortag added six.
- Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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