Brodhead boys hold off Evansville
That’s likely why the Cards’ leading scorer, J.J. Panoske, was waiting with a knockout punch.
Brodhead High’s boys basketball team (7-5, 4-3) caught its Rock Valley rival, Evansville (7-5, 5-2), napping to build a pair of eight-point leads early in the fourth quarter of a nail-biting 53-50 victory.
After Dylan Erickson shot Evansville into a 47-47 tie with 1:02 to play, the 6-9 junior Panoske scored six of his 17 points and put the Cardinals out of reach.
That lifted defending champion Brodhead into a third-place tie in the Rock Valley South and dropped Evansville from a tie with East Troy for the North lead.
But it was down to the wire.
“Hats off to Evansville. They knocked down some shots with hands in their face,” said Brodhead coach Brian Kammerer.
Erickson, who tied Panoske for game scoring honors, hit the first of his two three-pointers in the final 62 seconds from just right of the top of the circle to force the 47-47 tie. On the following Brodhead possession, senior point guard
Jacob Cole penetrated and kicked to Panoske, who hit at the right elbow.
After Panoske made two free throws to give Brodhead a 51-47 lead with 26.9 seconds left, he notched his seventh block, stuffing James May at the other end.
But the Blue Devils reloaded, and
Erickson hit a bomb from 10 feet behind the spot where he made the previous three-pointer, with Michael Peterson’s hand in his face.
“Dylan Erickson had a tremendous game,” Kammerer said. “Can’t say enough about that kid. We told Peterson to have a hand in his face, and he did. You can’t do any more than that.”
Panoske made two more free throws with 5.8 seconds left before Evansville’s Brian Lunde, who had already hit three three-pointers, got off a leaning prayer from the top of the key. But it rang off the back iron as time expired.
“I was trying to get him up in the air, but he just didn’t bite on it,” Lunde said of the straight-up defense applied by Alex Wallace.
The Cardinals first caught Evansville off guard when Cole threw long outlet to Peterson, who relayed it to Nick Jacobson just inside the free-throw line. Jacobson quickly went to the rim for a layup and a 35-31 lead 40 seconds into the fourth as the Devils stood flat-footed.
Jacobson scored six of his 10 points in the fourth. He took the Cardinals’ first three shots of the game, knowing the Blue Devils would blanket Panoske from the outset.
“Since they were double-teaming him the whole night, I was pretty much going to have to step up, get my shots and help the team out,” Jacobson said.
“Nick and J.J. are working well together and starting to gel,” Kammerer said. “That’s what we need. Nick can feed off J.J., and J.J. can feed off Nick.”
BRODHEAD 53 , EVANSVILLE 50
Evansville (50)—Lunde, 4-2-13; McDonough, 1-2-4; Erickson, 5-3-17; Moseley, 2-7-11; May, 2-0-5. Totals: 14-14-50.
Brodhead (53)—Scheidegger, 1-0-0; Wallace, 2-0-5; Cole, 2-4-10; McKee, 1-0-2; Peterson, 2-2-6; Jacobson, 5-0-10; Panoske, 6-4-17. Totals: 19-10-53.
Evansville 7 10 13 20—50
Brodhead 9 13 11 20—53
Three-point goals—Evansville 8 (Erickson 4, Lunde 3, May), Brodhead 5 (Cole 2, Scheidegger, Wallace, Panoske). Free throws missed— Evansville 4, Brodhead 5. Total fouls— Evansville 14, Brodhead 16.