Shorewood boys strategy holds Timmer to two as Hounds upset New Berlin Eisenhower
Lions star a nonfactor in win
Shorewood boys basketball coach Phil Jones said both he and New Berlin Eisenhower coach Dave Scheidegger had to answer the same question often in the days that followed the Greyhounds' surprising 74-64 victory over the state-ranked Woodland West-leading Lions on Friday.
"No," Jones said. "(Eisenhower star guard) Reed Timmer was not hurt. In fact, he played the entire game."
But those are just the kind of questions someone will have to answer once they hold an all-stater like Timmer, who came into the contest averaging more than 30 points a game, to just two (he left averaging 31.3).
"Actually, we're very excited about this," Jones said. "We knew that it would be a challenge for us. But the kids followed the game plan perfectly."
In short, the Shorewood plan was to not let the Drake-bound Timmer breathe. Calling it a variation on a "triangle and three" Jones and his staff (including son, Matt) had been thinking about how to hold down Timmer all week.
"We tried face-guarding him last year and that didn't work at all," Jones said. "I think he went off for 38 on us. So we looked for other options."
But the interesting thing about the new plan was that the Greyhounds didn't get to practice it until the day before the game. It involved having guards Kejuan Glosson and Kevin Taylor (who was in for the ill Shane Carrington) shadow Timmer everywhere he went, even the bathroom if necessary.
"The two guards were to stay with him all over the court," Jones said. "We would pick him up full court so he would have to give up the ball and it worked....The kids did just an excellent job. They followed it perfectly."
Three other Lions players scored in double figures, but the Jones braintrust was determined not to have Timmer beat them.
"We figured that over the last four games, he was accounting for something like 58 percent of their offense," Jones said. "We wanted to throw them off."
Shorewood (8-6 overall) did, as it took a 14-12 lead at the quarter on Ike (13-2 overall) and was up 34-33 at the half. The Greyhounds stretched out the advantage to 54-49 heading into the fourth quarter.
"We were ahead basically the whole game," Jones said. "We were behind only once or twice and that was only by two points or so. My son and I have been talking about this for two years now. We just needed a new strategy. We talked about it on Wednesday and tried it on Thursday (at practice)."
Jones said the other three players in the lineup did an excellent job of compensating and guarding the other four Ike athletes on the court. Paris Perkins came up huge in that regard and contributed 11 points and 15 rebounds while Te'Jon Lucas (27 points) and Kenneth Odom (26) led a potent one-two punch on offense.
Lucas was also at the top of the three-man zone that guarded the rest of the Lions team.
Jones was very pleased on another front. The Eisenhower game was the first for the Greyhounds in three days after a grueling four games in six days stint that saw Shorewood post a 2-2 mark.
"The kids were pretty tired after that," Jones said, "but we were very happy that they bought into what we wanted them to do. They were so cooperative. Hopefully this is a turning point."
Shorewood, now 6-5 in Woodland play, had its Jan. 28 game with Pewaukee postponed by the cold weather. They are at New Berlin West on Friday and entertain nonconference opponent Big Foot at 7 p.m. Monday.
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