Covering High School Sports in America
File photo by Michael McLoone

Riley LaChance, Brookfield Central

The nation's longest high school boys basketball winning streak came to an end Tuesday night.

Germantown (Wis.) entered a showdown at Brookfield Central (Brookfield) riding a 69-game streak but went down to the home team 68-58.

Brookfield Central was ranked No. 2 in the state by Wisconsin Sports Network and No. 3 by MaxPreps.

Germantown – ranked No. 10 in MaxPreps.com's Xcellent 25 – hadn't felt the sting of defeat for 34 months, dating back to March 15, 2011.

A standing-room-only crowd of about 2,200 fans packed the Brookfield Central gym in the biggest game of the year in Wisconsin. Tickets for the game sold out last week and some found their way to Craigslist, going for $50 apiece.

Brookfield Central (12-0) trailed 53-50 with 4:14 remaining in the fourth quarter before ending the game on an 18-5 run.

Germantown (13-1) went cold from the field, hitting just one field goal in the last half of the final quarter. The Warhawks' leading scorer LaMonte Bearden Jr. fouled out with 1:19 remaining and his team down just four points, 59-55.

"Germantown, they are Wisconsin high school basketball right now. We knew they weren't just going to lay down," said Brookfield Central senior Riley LaChance in an interview on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. "We just had to get some stops. That's what it came down to and we were lucky we were able to do that."

LaChance, a Vanderbilt recruit, had 23 points for Brookfield Central, including 16 in the second half. Elijah Goodman added 19 for the Lancers. Buffalo signee Bearden scored a game-high 24 points for Germantown.

Brookfield Central had a number of chances early in the second half to pull away, but Germantown continued to battle back. The Lancers were up 31-27 at halftime and scored the first four points of the third quarter. However, the Warhawks knotted the game at 40-40.