Middleton boys whipped by Memorial

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Henry Patterson and Middleton’s boys basketball team lost to Madison Memorial, 88-47, last Friday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton boys basketball coach Kevin Bavery tried to find the word that best described his team’s most recent game. 

Humbled came to mind. So did embarrassed.

Both were fitting after Bavery watched his Cardinals get routed by Madison Memorial, 88-47, in a lopsided Big Eight Conference game last Friday. 

Middleton fell to 1-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Eight Conference. The Spartans improved to 2-3 overall, 1-3 in Big Eight.

“It’s hard to say you’re at a crossroads after three games into the season, but that’s where we are,” Bavery said. “Whenever we get beat, we should get beat walking with our heads up, saying ‘you know, that team was just better.’ Memorial was definitely better than we were tonight. Are they 40 points better? We let them be 40 points better.”

Memorial used a 13-0 run to jump out to a 24-6 advantage in the first nine minutes, a hole that proved too much for Middleton to dig out of. Memorial shot 5-for-9 from three-point range and 9-for-14 from the field over the first nine minutes to open its large lead.

“They broke us down the whole game. We didn’t have a lot of one-on-one ball toughness and they made a lot of shots,” Middleton forward Logan Schultz said. “We needed to do a better job of boxing out and just going after boards, not giving them second chances.”

Schultz led Middleton with 10 points, seven in the second half. Big Eight leading scorer Cole Deptula was held to five points after averaging 21.5 through the first two games.

Bavery noted Schultz showed some good things on the offensive end in the second half — he had a one-handed dunk on a nice back-door post play — and that he was a bright spot for the Cardinals on an otherwise gloomy evening.

Middleton struggled to get into any offensive rhythm, shooting 16-of-48 (33.3%) from the field for the game. Three-point shots weren’t falling either, as Middleton made just 4-of-21 (19.1%) from behind the arc.

“Offensively we’ve had three straight games where we just can’t get into a rhythm because we let pressure bother us,” Bavery said. “We just don’t have the discipline right now to reverse the basketball. We tend to panic under pressure.”

Memorial attacked Middleton’s 1-2-2 zone defense from the opening tip, forcing Bavery to eventually switch to a man-to-man.

But Memorial’s quick, athletic lineup exploited the man-to-man as well, as the Spartans shot 28-of-53 (52.8%) from the field, and went 14-of-30 (46.7%) from three-point range.

“When (Memorial) did miss a three, we had very few block-outs, so they were getting second and third shots,” Bavery said. “You need that aspect of competitiveness to say, ‘Ok, we’re going to stop this,’ but we didn't do that. We just couldn’t stay in zone anymore because our coverages were not sound. It was basically playing H-O-R-S-E in the first half.” 

Memorial was led by Kyle Yu with 16 points. Drew Collins had 15 points off the bench — on five three-pointers — for the Spartans.

Seven different Memorial players made a three-point basket, and in all, 12 different Spartans scored.

“Memorial hardly made any three’s against (their first three opponents) LaFollete, Sun Prairie, or East,” Bavery said. “This isn't the NBA, where they just keep shooting from farther away. We allowed them to make three’s like that.”

Middleton led, 3-2, after Schultz hit a three-pointer two minutes into the game.

Memorial answered, connecting on three’s for their next four scores, and it was all downhill after that. Middleton trailed the rest of the game and the Spartans pulled away for the blowout. 

Middleton plays Memorial once more this season, hosting them on February 7.

“They were better than us tonight, but I feel like next time we play them, we’ll be more prepared,” Schultz said.

However the Cardinals respond to the Memorial loss, Schultz knows that Middleton must start playing better.

“We need to be a lot more competitive and tough, and once we put our mind to something, we need to do it instead of letting other teams walk all over us,” Schultz said. “We need to play with more heart.”

Bavery agreed.

“We wrote four things on the board: competitiveness, toughness, together, and vocal. The one thing we have right now is we’re together. These guys like playing with each other and love the game of basketball,” Bavery said. “Until those other three happen, we’re just on the court. We’re very introverted. We don’t talk, and if you can’t talk, you can’t compete. If you can’t compete, you can't make the toughness plays.

“As hard as it is, we have to put this one in the rearview mirror. It’s one thing to get beat, but it’s another thing to get embarrassed. It hurts our pride as a coaching staff, and should hurt their pride as players. We’re better than this.”

And that’s something Bavery and his Cardinals hope to prove in the weeks ahead.

"It was a difficult night, but the sun always comes up the next day,” he said. “We're only three games in and we have great kids who will work really hard day in and day out.

“We'll have to look at what's been effective and what we've been struggling with and make necessary adjustments. But I believe in the ability, character, and resiliency of all our guys and I'm confident we'll bounce back quickly.”

• On deck: Middleton hosts Mount Horeb on Friday at 4:15 p.m., and hosts Stoughton on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Both games are part of the Cardinal Holiday Showcase.


Dec. 20

Madison Memorial 88, Middleton 47

Middleton …….. 16  31 — 47

Madison Memorial ……... 41  47 — 88

MIDDLETON — Raffel 2 0-0 6, Deptula 2 1-2 5, Statz 1 2-2 4, Patterson 3 3-6 9, Schultz 4 0-1 10, Van Buren 2 4-5 8, Fosdick 1 1-2 3, Carlson 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 11-18 47.

MADISON MEMORIAL — Cannon 2 0-1 5, Lewis 4 0-0 9, Mitchell 2 1-1 5, Collins 5 0-0 15, Traore, Jr. 3 4-6 10, Jackson 2 2-3 6, Ellingson 0 1-2 1, DeYoung 1 2-2 4, Kerkhoff 2 2-2 8, Ferry 2 0-2 6, Yu 4 6-6 16, Barrett 1 0-0 3. Totals 28 18-25 88.

Three-point goals — MID 4 (Raffel 2, Schultz 2), MEM 14 (Collins 5, Yu 2, Ferry 2, Kerkhoff 2, Cannon, Lewis, Barrett). Total fouls — MID 22, MEM 20. Technical fouls: MEM Lewis.




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