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MARTIN LUTHER & MIL WASHINGTON DELIVER AN INSTANT CLASSIC

The annual Terry Porter Classic hit the hardwood at South Division High School in Wisconsin this past weekend and after a day of solid action the featured games saw some exciting play and solid individual performances.  Here’s what went down…

Brookfield Central vs Milwaukee King
Brookfield Central (1-0) defeated Milwaukee King (1-1) 76-59 at the Terry Porter Classic Saturday behind a great game from Senior Guard Gage Malensek who finished with 19 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds. 

The Brookfield Central guard trio of Malensek and brothers Cole and Ben Nau were too much for Milwaukee King to handle, allowing BC to pull away in what was a more competitive game than the score showed. 

Malensek got Brookfield Central out to a hot start, pushing the ball down the court and getting into the paint with ease. He was able to blow past King defenders and find teammates for lay ups and kick outs for open jump shots. Sophomore Ben Nau also had a big first half for Central, scoring 12 of his 17 pts and knocking down back to back threes during a key stretch to help extend the lead. 

6’3 Sophomore Quinton Murrell was impressive for King in the loss, scoring 19 pts including 3 made threes. Murrell showed off a good handle and a smooth jumper and was able to use his plus length to get off tough shots over defenders and be disruptive on defense. 

Senior Guard Cole Nau finished with 12 pts and 4 ast, and Sophomore David Joplin added 10 pts for Brookfield Central in the win. 

Martin Luther vs Milwaukee Washington 
Martin Luther got a tough overtime win over Milwaukee Washington 69-66 in the main event of the Terry Porter Classic Saturday night. Martin Luther got huge games from Senior Backcourt duo Trequan Carrington (23 pts 7 reb 4 ast 4 stl) and Ace Evans (21 pts 4 reb), and Xzavier Jones (18 pts 17 reb) brought great energy and made winning plays all night for the Spartans to help them to the win. 6’9 Sophomore Michael Foster Jr finished with 24 pts for Washington in the loss.

The teams went back and forth in the final minute of overtime - 6’6 Senior Jeramie King scored on a put back and then after Michael Foster sank two FTs on the other end, Xzavier Jones slashed to the rim for a tough finish to give Martin Luther a 67-66 lead. After Carrington hit two FTs to extend the lead to 3 with 9 seconds to play, Washington Senior Deontay Long (15 pts) missed a deep three off back rim that would have tied the game at the buzzer. 

The story of the game was the inability of Washington’s young guards to keep Carrington and Evans out of the paint, as well as Long being limited to well below his normal minutes due to foul trouble. Martin Luther got almost all of their points right at the rim or the FT line, spreading the floor and using pick and rolls to get mismatches and attack the basket. 

Martin Luther got out to a quick start behind the defense of Trequan Carrington who got steals and scored 8 pts in the first 3 minutes to push the Spartans to an early 11-2 lead. Sophomore Chianti Clay Jr (9pts) was able to get Washington back into the game, hitting two quick threes off the bench, and from there it was close the rest of the game. 

Michael Foster did all he could to keep the Purgolders in the game, turning up the intensity the last 2/3 of the game, throwing down some powerful dunks, finishing on put backs and hitting some pretty fade away jumpers. 

Although very early in the season, both teams showed that they are legitimate contenders in their respective divisions and have the potential to make a run at a state championship.