It shouldn't surprise anyone who follows the Brookfield Central boys basketball team that when a game is on the line seniors Riley LaChance and Elijah Goodman take over.
Tuesday night was no exception, as the No. 2-ranked Lancers, playing before a packed gym of 2,000-plus fans, outscored No. 1-ranked Germantown, 26-16, in the fourth quarter, to win 68-58 and snap the Warhawks' 69-game winning streak.
"We're what we are tomorrow, regardless of what this game was," Central coach Mark Adams said. "Our goals were still the same. To me there is nothing bigger than winning a sectional final. A sectional final is pretty big. But I will put this right behind it.
"I'm happy for our kids. They earned the right to play in a game like this."
Germantown coach Steve Showalter credited the Lancers.
"They played well. They played us as hard to the end as anyone has for an entire game," he said. "There were a couple of big plays down the stretch that they made and we didn't."
LaChance had 13 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Goodman had seven of his 19 points to spark the run. Germantown's Lamonte Bearden led all scorers with 24 points.
Central led 56-55 with 1 minute, 52 seconds left to play, when Goodman hit one of two free throws and then made the play of the game.
Central's Brad Newman raced down the court and drove to the basket, but Jonathan Averkamp blocked the shot. Goodman grabbed the rebound and put in a reverse layup and was fouled with 1:31 left to play.
"I grabbed the ball from Bearden and put the ball back up," Goodman said. "I lost my emotions for a second."
He missed the free throw and then Newman was fouled and missed two free throws, but Goodman, who had 19 points and 20 rebounds, grabbed the rebound, was fouled and sank two free throws for a 61-55 lead with 1:09 to play.
LaChance hit one of two free throws, Goodman hit two more and then LaChance brought the crowd to its feet with an alley-oop pass to Caleb Mortag, who grabbed the ball in the air and slammed it through the hoop for a 66-55 lead with 13 seconds left.
Dearionte Hudson drilled in a long 3-point shot before LaChance appropriately ended the game with two free throws.
When asked about the difference in the fourth quarter, LaChance talked about defense.
"I think we buckled down and had back-to-back stops," he said. "Gunnar Malensek had some huge plays, and so did Terry (Wallen) when he was in there. They had some hustle plays. That's the kind of guys you need to win it."
LaChance talked about the Lancers' battle plan offensively.
"They were in the double bonus and we wanted to get to the free throw line," he said, as the Lancers scored on 12-of-16 free throws in the fourth quarter.
Game of runs
Jake Showalter scored 7 points and Bearden had 5 points to end the first quarter with the Warhawks leading, 16-12. Bearden then scored twice to open the second quarter, giving Germantown a 20-12 advantage with 6:32 on the clock.
But then Central closed out the quarter with a 19-7 run as Goodman had 6 points and the reliable Newman added 5 for a 31-27 lead.
But then the Warhawks bounced right back with a 15-11 third period, as Bearden had 6 points and Evan Wesenberg had 5, while Goodman and Newman scored 4 points each to spark the Lancers, as the quarter ended at 42-42, setting up the Lancers' heroics.
Showalter had particular praise for Goodman afterward.
"He's the best (in the area) at that and we had our best people on him and we still didn't get it done," Showalter said. "He just got all the big rebounds, that's how good he is. He crashed the boards all night."
LaChance talked about how it was a total team effort.
"Every guy in that locker room had great energy. This win is a credit to every one of those guys on the bench who brought that energy when we stepped on the floor."
"Back to practice tomorrow," he said when asked what's next. "The target on our back is that much bigger."
SINK VIKES' SHIP
Lancers 87, Milwaukee Vincent 59 — The Lancers blew away the Vikings by halftime, 53-32, Saturday at Vincent. They scored a season-high 87 points, the most since they scored 90 in a 90-49 win over West Allis Hale on Jan. 24, 2012 at home. Four players scored more than 20 points: Riley LaChance (24), Elijah Goodman (20), Seth Mortag (20 and Brad Newman (19).
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