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December 11, 2012 | 05:25 PMTime was ticking down on the Badger boys basketball squad Monday night.
On the brink of starting the season 0-5, the local boys needed a hero to step up and save the day.
Enter senior Rob Slagle.
Visiting nonconference foe Brookfield East took a 51-50 lead with 6.7 seconds left in the game, prompting Badger to take a timeout and draw up an inbound play under its basket. The ball, originally intended for Ian Weber, who had hit five triples for the game, instead wound up in the hands of junior guard Tony Ashley.
Ashley went hard to the rim and dished it off to Slagle, and the 6-foot-4 center scored on a layup with less than a second left for a dramatic 52-51 victory.
It was the first win of the season for Badger (1-4).
"The play was drawn up for Ian," Slagle said Tuesday. "He was going to inbound the ball to Tony, and I was going to sprint to the block on the weak side when Koz (Jake Kozlowski) set a screen for Ian. But they jumped that and Tony drove and made a great pass to me."
Slagle acknowledged the season has been "extremely" frustrating so far.
"It was nice to get a 'W'," added Slagle, who finished with eight points. "I hope we can get into a groove and get a lot more wins."
Weber led the Badger attack with 15 points on five 3-pointers.
Badger held a comfortable 22-12 halftime lead. But East's Josh Byrd scored all of his game-high 21 points in the second half and helped cut the Badger lead to 32-28 after the third.
Byrd went off for 16 in the fourth quarter.
But balanced scoring from Weber, Derrick Buntrock, Kozlowski, Lincoln Wieseman and Slagle in the final frame provided the difference.
East got to the line 17 times, connecting on 10, while Badger was 0-for-2.
Wieseman added eight points, and Ashley had seven.
Badger will look to continue its momentum in an SLC tilt Thursday at Delavan-Darien.