Brunker erupts for 36 in win over West

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Rob Reischel
Middleton's Brogan Brunker erupted for 36 points in Middleton's win over Madison West last Tuesday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The records inside Middleton’s boys basketball program are sketchy.

They don’t go back as far as some other sports do. They lack detail and depth.

But it’s safe to say Cardinals’ senior Brogan Brunker had one of the finest nights in school history last Tuesday.

Brunker had 36 points — the most by an MHS player in at least 20 years — and powered Middleton to a 72-60 win over Madison West. Brunker shot 13-of-17 from the field, 5-of-7 from three-point range, grabbed nine rebounds, had three blocks and two steals.

Middleton improved to 1-2 in both the Big Eight Conference and overall.

“He took the ball to the rim on the drive, hit threes, plus rebounded on both ends of the floor,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “Brogan's the type of kid who would be happy with no points and a team win, but tonight was his night to flourish on the offensive end.”

Cardinals senior forward Alan Roden added 12 points and shot 5-of-6 from the floor. Roden also had seven rebounds, three steals and made all three of his free throws.

“Most of Alan's offensive output comes from his blue-collar approach: hard cuts, offensive rebounds, running the floor,” Bavery said of Roden. “That continues to rub off on his teammates as more and more of our guys are taking that step forward in doing all the simple, but important things that are rewarded when you hustle.”

Middleton built a 38-23 halftime lead and stretched that to as many as 20 points in the second half. West mounted a late comeback and trimmed its deficit to 10 points with 3 minutes remaining. But Middleton put the game away with a pair of easy layups against West's half court trapping defense.

“It's always good to get that first ‘W’ ”, Bavery said. “We had games that were one-possession games in the final minutes in close losses to both Madison Memorial and Sun Prairie, so you're never quite sure how you are comparatively. Confidence-wise it's always important.”

In addition to the big nights from Brunker and Roden, Davis Roquet had five rebounds and Chann Bowman added three steals. Joel Ticknor had four assists, while Sam Close, Jack Boyle and Nick Michaels all had three assists.

“We still have way too many overall turnovers, with most of them being related to simply not being strong with the ball, making passes that can be categorized as low percentage and not meeting the pass, and developing an attitude of valuing the ball and each possession,” Bavery said. “That is something that is very controllable.”


Dec. 5

Madison West 23 37 — 60

Middleton 38 34 — 72

MADISON WEST — Shanklin 8 4-5 20, Champion 0 1-2 1, Thompson 2 2-2 6, McCray 3 1-2 9, Reed 3 1-1 7, Patton 1 0-0 2, Thompson 5 2-2 15. Totals 22 11-14 60.

MIDDLETON — Roden 5 3-3 13, Michaels 3 0-0 7, Roquet 2 0-0 4, Ticknor 1 2-2 4, Bowman 3 0-0 6, Brunker 13 5-7 36. Totals 28 10-12 72.

3-point goals — MW 5 (McCray 2, Thompson 3), MID 6 (Michaels 1, Brunker 5). Total fouls — MID 18, MW 15.


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