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Bright spots despite seven-game losing streak for Brookfield East boys

Jan. 6, 2013

The Brookfield East boys basketball team lost two more games to extend their losing streak to seven, but there were still highlights to look back on for the week.

The Spartans (3-8) opened the week with a 53-51 non-conference loss to Woodland Conference West Division co-leader New Berlin Eisenhower on Jan. 2 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

East - like everyone else - couldn't hold back junior guard Reed Timmer, who was the only Eisenhower player in double figures with 32 points, hitting 10-of-15 free throws and three 3-pointers. Sandro Pesqueira was Ike's next highest scorer with eight points.

East's Ryan McBride hit 6-of-8 free throws for 15 points, while recently-returned Mike Novak added 12.

It was a competitive game throughout four quarters, as Ike led 14-11 after one quarter and 25-21 at halftime. A close third quarter (13-12) gave the Lions a 38-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.

East (3-7) then won the final period, 18-15, as the game went down to the wire.

After hitting 1-of-2 free throws, Ike went up 52-50 after East fouled them with 34 seconds left in the game.

"We didn't get a good look initially so we called timeout with 15 seconds left," Spartans coach Matt Malett said. "We ran a play for McBride and he was fouled with 5.8 seconds left."

He hit only 1-of-2, so the Spartans had to put Ike on the line with 3.4 seconds left, down 52-51.

The Lions hit the first and missed the second, so the Spartans passed the ball to McBride, who let it go from the right sideline at midcourt. It went off the backboard and rim and missed and East lost a thriller to one of Woodland's best teams.

The Spartans did sink 13-for-17 (. 765 percentage) from the free-throw line, while the Lions struggled a bit (18-for-27, .667).

Then on Friday in a Greater Metro Conference match, the Spartans remained in last place (0-5) by dropping a 78-61 decision at third-place Marquette (4-1, 8-2), but had a second highlight with the play of Novak.

Novak, who missed the first three weeks recovering from a right forearm injury, drilled in a season-high 25 points, and junior guard Josh Byrd added 13 on three 3-pointers.

The Hilltoppers did their damage in the first (18-9) and third (26-20) quarters.

Jonathan McGinley and Mike Eberle each added six points and McBride was held to five.

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