Spartans give Generals a scare before falling in regional semifinal
Game was tied heading into the fourth quarter
Brookfield East, a team that lost several hard-fought basketball games this season, closed out the season with another courageous effort.
The Spartans were tied with second-seeded Milwaukee King (20-4) through three periods Friday on the road, before the Generals pulled away in the fourth quarter to win, 60-49.
With the scored tied at 40-40 after three periods, Austin Malone-Mitchell scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter to spark King's 20-9 run.
Malone-Mitchell threw in two 3-pointers, a field goal and hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
The Spartans led 17-15 after one quarter keeping the Generals off guard, as Ryan McBride scored six and Mike Novak four.
The Spartans increased their lead to 28-22 at intermission, holding the Generals to three baskets in an 11-7 period. Mike Eberle had five points and Corey Smith four in the quarter.
"When you have multiple days to prepare for one opponent it helps," East coach Matt Malett said. "We needed to take care of the ball, beat their pressure because they can be very intimidating. In the first half our shots were falling, so everything easier.
"We played a 2-3 zone against them because we didn't match up well. It was an exciting first half. We knocked them down when we had to."
But King started its comeback with an 18-12 third quarter to tie the score. Malone-Mitchell had seven points and Jamell Posey had four, while Smith led East in the period with four points.
"We didn't score that much," Malett said of the fourth quarter. "Some of our shots started to not fall. Then we missed the front end of two and-one's. That made a difference when you add it all in."
McBride led the Spartans with 14 points, while Smith had 12, Novak nine and Eberle eight. Malone-Mitchell had 22, Curtis Weathers Jr. 16 and Montrell Hobbs 10 for the Generals.
East finished the regular season with an 8-15 overall record, tied for seventh in the Greater Metro Conference with a 3-11 record.
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