Rock Valley Preview
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
Edgerton 5-0 (8-0) at Milton 1-1 (4-4) - Game of the Week
7 p.m., Friday, January 3rd
A new year is upon us and even though this is another non-conference matchup this game is still big for both teams. The Edgerton Crimson Tide are the same team they have been all year and that is a dominant one. They beat Elkhorn last week 63-39 cruising to a 8-0 record and still a top the Rock Valley North. If the Tide can beat a mediocre Milton team tomorrow night they won’t only become 9-0 but for the first time in school history. The Tide haven’t face many challenges this year, beating there opponents by for than 10 points a game and many nights have five or six players in double figures. The team isn’t led by one player but by a group of them, Adam Converse, James Fox, Brooks Johnson only to name a few. This team has the most depth of any team in the Rock Valley or maybe even the state. The Tide’s schedule doesn’t get hard until late in January the 23rd to be exact. Every Rock Valley basketball junkie should have that date circled on his or her calendar because it will most likely decide the Rock Valley North. The Jefferson Eagles (4-1) are currently sitting in second place and need a win over the Tide in that game to have a chance to win the conference crown. Now looking at the matchup tomorrow night the Tide will face a Milton team that has a lethal scorer in their backcourt. Tyler Westrick is averaging 12 ppg and shots forty percent from beyond the arc, making him someone that Tide will need to keep their eye on all game long. Milton’s last win was two weeks ago, beating Delevan Darien 70-59 and beating a power like Edgerton would give them a big confidence boost heading into conference play again next week. Forward Noah Johnson is also averaging 10 ppg for Milton and will be a good test down low against the Tide’s Converse and Jake Zeimet. I predict that Edgerton will win handily 66-49 and become 9-0 for the first time in school history. The Tide are too deep and have too many lethal shooters for Milton to be able to keep up. The greatest strength of the Tide is that it is so hard to double-team anyone because everyone on the team can shot.
Beloit Turner 3-2 (5-3) at Shorewood 3-4 (3-4)
7 p.m., Friday, January 3rd
This matchup doesn’t mean anything for their conference records but it is a good confidence booster before getting back into conference play. Beloit Turner is still sitting a top the Rock Valley South with a 3-2 record but their not alone. Their tied for first place with a very surprising talented Parkview team that has a lot of great big men that can shoot from outside. January 23rd is also a huge day for the Rock Valley South because on that day Parkview visits Turner in a matchup that could determine the South Conference Crown. Turner is led by senior point guard Anthony Peyton and talented freshman Alec Fruin. They looked dominate to start the year, winning their first two conference games but then dropped three straight before non-conference play started up over winter break. Parkview started out slow but have come back in full force, mainly led by their two star forwards Hobson and Reinhardt. Looking at the matchup tomorrow night with Turner facing Shorewood, it should be a close game with two teams that aren’t extremely dominating. Shorewood is fifth in the conference and struggling to get back into contention for their conference crown. They are led by a dynamite scorer Te’Jon Lucas who is averaging 20 ppg and 6 rpg, and KeJuan Glosson averaging 12 ppg. Turner freshman Fruin will have his hands full with Glosson and it will test his ability as a defender, which he has struggled with this season. I predict that Turner will win a close game against Shorewood, 54-50. This game could really go either way in my opinion and since it doesn’t count for their conference record, it only is a confidence booster for either team. Keep your calendars marked though for January 23rd, it will mean a whole lot more than this matchup tomorrow night.
Other Rock Valley Games Tonight
(Tip-Off 7 p.m.)
Monticello @ Brodhead
Oregon @ Whitewater
Portage @ McFarland
Belleville @ Evansville
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