It didn't take long for the New Berlin Eisenhower boys basketball team to turn the final game of the Luke Homan Memorial Showcase into a rout.
The Lions scored the first 10 points of the game and rolled from there behind 32 points from Bryce Miller to claim an 81-36 victory over Wauwatosa East on Jan. 28 at Brookfield Central High School. It was the third win of the week for Eisenhower, which also earned a 71-60 win over Wauwatosa West on Jan. 24 and a 77-65 victory over Shorewood on Jan. 27.
Winners of seven of their last eight, the Lions entered this week at 10-5 overall and at 6-4 in the Woodland West.
"We kind of broke this week up into steps," Eisenhower coach Dave Scheidegger said. "This was step three. We took it one step at a time. They were all road games, all on a different court. It was another chance to further our habits in what we do offensively and defensively. It is starting to be second nature. We still have some different things to work on, but the understanding and ownership of what we are trying to do is getting better."
Leading the way for Eisenhower this past week was Miller, who averaged 27.0 points per game and connected on 19 of 29 3-point attempts. The junior guard nearly outscored the Red Raiders himself on Jan. 28, going 10-for-14 from the field and 8-for-10 from beyond the arc to score 32 points before exiting with just over seven minutes to play.
"I haven't made that many shots in my whole life," Scheidegger said. "He's just on fire. The best thing about it is that they are all shots within our framework and within his role. They are all team shots. He's pretty good. He had a lot of assists against Shorewood, too. He's not just a one-dimensional player. His overall game has really blossomed."
The Lions led, 10-0, before Tosa East got on the scoreboard and led, 18-2, when the Red Raiders scored their first field goal with 9:22 to play in the first half.
Eisenhower held a 38-12 advantage before Dane Mikkelson hit a deep 3-pointer to make it 38-15 at the break. Tosa East made just 4 of 20 (20.0 percent) field-goal attempts and committed 12 turnovers in the first half, while the Lions were 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) and 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from distance.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Eisenhower continued to pour it on in front of the group of fans that stuck around for the 9 p.m. tip.
"Our kids were excited to be here and were excited to play," Scheidegger said. "The want and the will and the desire were all on display."
Joe Lang scored 9 points off the bench for the Lions. Kyle Kraninger added 8 points, while Bryce Wesling, Sullivan Kulju, Matt Rolefson and Max Maier all had 6 points. Maier also chipped in with eight rebounds and four assists.
Eisenhower led, 38-33, over Shorewood at the half on Jan. 27 before pulling away in the second half.
Kulju poured in 27 points with seven rebounds against the Greyhounds, while Miller hit 7 of 10 attempts from distance to finish with 24 points. Rolefson scored 14 points with five rebounds, and senior guard Sam Hluchnik dished out six assists.