Boys BB team falls to St. John's

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Rob Reischel
Logan Raffel and helped Middleton’s boys basketball team split their first two games./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

DELAFIELD — St. John's NW Military Academy — located in Delafield — might be small in numbers.

The Lancers have just 140 students and will play in the WIAA Division 3 tournament this year.

Everything else about St. John’s is large, though.

The Lancers’ starting lineup averages 6-foot-6. Senior Bradin Podziemski is averaging 35 points per game and is being courted by several Division 1 high majors. And senior guard Brennan Timm averages 20.0 points per game and will likely play collegiately himself.

This is the challenge Middleton’s boys basketball team faced in just its second game of the season last Thursday.

The host Lancers got 26 points from Timm and another 23 from Podziemski and toppled the Cardinals, 71-56. Junior guard Logan Raffel led the Cardinals with 13 points, while junior guard Nick Meinholz added 10.

"It was an interesting and valuable experience,” Middleton coach Kevin Bavery said. “On Wednesday (at Kingdom Lutheran Prep) it felt like a scrimmage atmosphere. This felt like our first game.

“And when they announced their starting lineup of ‘6-foot-6 from Muskego, 6-foot-5 from West Bend, 6-foot-2 from Atlanta, 6-foot-7 from Australia, and 6-foot-8 from Chicago' it got our guys collective attention!”

Rightfully so.

Podziemski, the No. 4 rated senior in the state, has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Boise State, DePaul, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Loyola (Chicago), Marquette, Milwaukee, Nebraska, Rice and Wake Forest. Early on, it was easy to see why as Podziemski had 10 points in the first 10 minutes and St. John’s jumped to a double-digit lead.

“As high of a skill set as I've seen in a high school player,” Bavery said of Podziemski. “Plus 6-6 makes matchups difficult because of his inside-out ability. We knew what we were up against and as the game wore on we did some good things guarding him for stretches.”

The Lancers led, 28-17, late in the first half. The Cardinals closed the half on an 8-0 run, though, and pulled within 28-25 at the break.

Raffel had nine of his points in the first half, while Meinholz added seven points and junior forward Blake Van Buren had six.

The Lancers opened the second half on a 15-6 run and took a 43-31 lead. St. John’s did much of its work from the free throw line during that stretch.

Middleton tried repeatedly to creep back into the game, but the Lancers had too much firepower.

"We had a lot of sloppy play, but much less than the night before,” Bavery said. “We did a lot of good things moving the ball and finding the open man, while also being physical. That was interesting as we have to stay 6-feet apart with obviously no contact in practice, so the adjustment was both surprising and impressive.

“This was a high-level team with a lot of games played. We competed, but we have teams on our schedule going forward who have beaten this team, so it won't get any easier. So, we have to make sure our mindset is right.

“We've talked about not using our limited time together as an excuse when we play teams that have been together since November. That's our reality and we have to embrace that challenge with great focus in practice and great energy in games.”

In addition to Raffel and Meinholz hitting double figures, sophomore forward Will Comerford added nine points. Both Kaden Fosdick and Van Buren both chipped in with six.

"A lot of players contributed to the effort,” Bavery said. “Junior forward Cole Toennies had some good runs matching up with their top two offensive threats. Senior David Meier was strong on the boards for the second night in a row.

“We played everyone, and for the second night in a row had 13-14 players in the first half rotation. We'll start distributing minutes more going forward, looking to keep a lot of roles, but looking for players we need to get some more floor time and those who we think can give us production with stints as short as a minute.”



Jan. 28


Middleton …….........……… 25 31 — 56

Delafield St. John’s ……….. 28 43 — 71

MIDDLETON (fg ft-fta pts) — Raffel 4 2-3 13; Zimmerman 1 0-0 3; Fosdick 2 2-2 6; Meinholz 3 2-2 10; Toennies 0 1-2 1; Schrump 1 0-0 2; Ballweg 1 0-0 2; Meier 1 2-3 4; Comerford 3 0-0 9; Van Buren 3 0-2 6. Totals 19 9-17 56.

DELAFIELD ST. JOHN’S — Timm 8 8-9 26; Bensch 2 5-6 10; Papandrea 2 0-0 6; Dorow 0 1-2 1; Podziemski 9 2-3 23; Gordon 1 0-1 3; Yallabhaneni 1 0-0 2 . Totals 23 16-21 71.

3-point goals: M 9 (Timm 2, Bensch 1, Papandrea 2, Podziemski 3, Gordon 1); DSJ 9 (Raffel 3, Zimmerman 1, Meinholz 2, Comerford 3). Total fouls: M 15; DSJ 18.


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