Milwaukee King's Malone-Mitchell, second-chance points too much for Brookfield Central
Lancers' season ends in WIAA Division 1 boys basketball regional final
There were two major reasons Brookfield Central lost at Milwaukee King, 60-54, on Saturday in the WIAA regional championship game.
No. 1: Except for Elijah Goodman and Caleb Mortag late, the Lancers let a group of Generals win the offensive rebound category.
"We gave them too many (second touches)," the soft-spoken Goodman said. "And I'm not saying that cost us the game alone, but that was a big factor in the game.
"I had the size, so they started giving me the ball down low. But we gave back too many offensive rebounds."
A drained and disappointed Central coach Mark Adams talked about the Lancers' lack of rebounding.
"The one thing we were concerned with was giving them extra possessions," he said. "Sometimes their first shot wasn't necessarily the best shot, but if you don't get that rebound and they get it, the next shot is a better shot. The chances of it going in are greater than the first one.
"That's what we preached in our shootaround today and our film session."
No. 2: The Lancers' 1-3-1 zone defense allowed 10 three-pointers, six to King senior Austin Malone Mitchell, who finished with 28 points, 18 coming from 3-point range.
"We knew that (Curtis) Weathers and Malone Mitchell were better shooters than (Friday's foe) Riverside had and we got their best games," Adams said.
Adams felt that he was sure how the Lancers would match up to the more athletic Generals, so he stuck with the 1-3-1.
"We don't know what matchups are like, if we try to match up with them (man to man)," Adams said. "You are going to give up some 3s, but it's so important that you block out.
"That was one area that we didn't do as well as we would have liked to."
Central only trailed by three points when junior guard Brad Newman hit the Lancers' only 3-pointer of the night with 2 minutes, 5 seconds left to cut the Generals' lead to 56-53. King's Montrell Hobbs then hit 1-of-2 free throws for a 57-53 lead and then came the turning point of the game.
An errant pass at the top of the key rolled over half court and Jemell Posey beat the Lancers to the ball, raced down and scored a layup for a 59-53 lead with 1:16 left to play.
Both teams spent the rest of the game on the free throw lines. The Generals were 1-for-5 and Central was 1-for-4.
King led almost the entire game as Malone-Mitchell hit two 3s for a 6-4 lead at 5:21 of the first quarter. Malone-Mitchell had 12 points to give the Generals a 17-13 lead after one and finished with 16 for a 34-30 King lead at the half.
Two 3-pointers, one by Malone-Mitchell and one by Corey Bias gave King a 47-40 lead after three.
Outside of Malone-Mitchell, no General reached double figures for King.
Goodman scored at will underneath the basket and had 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Generals made the Lancers' Riley LaChance work harder than he has all season for his 12 points. Mortag finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
"They play defense better than anybody in the state," LaChance said of King. "They have an incredible coaching staff and that's what they preach. Year in and year out they get their kids buy into the defensive end of the floor.
"Playing them three years in a row now, it's the best defense I've played against. They really made me work hard for everything I got tonight."
Adams, of course, was proud of his squad despite the disappointing result.
"We gave a valiant effort, we really did," he said. "Games like this, there's usually some swings.
"They had a big swing in the first half - we were down nine maybe - came back and answered.
"I can't say enough - we just kept fighting. That's the way we've been all year. They're a great team and we knew that."
Central finished the year with a 20-4 record.
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