Black River Falls High School senior Ethan Anderson was surprised to find out how many points he had scored against the Onalaska Luther basketball team on Friday, Jan. 5.
The 6-foot-4 wing thought he had a solid game somewhere around his average of 29 points a game, but it wasn’t until after the Tigers 76-63 victory that he found out he lit up the scoreboard for a career-high and an area-best 48 points. He was even more surprised that he continued to see 1-on-1 defense with very little double teaming.
“Yeah, it was different than what I was used to seeing,” said Anderson when asked if he was surprised he wasn’t double-teamed. “But you also have to respect the other guys on our team, because we have a lot of other playmakers.
“I did a lot of 1-on-1 stuff on Friday just because they didn’t have a lot of help defense. I would catch it up top and just drive off the dribble, get into the lane, and try to create. It worked out a few times.”
Anderson, whose previous carer high of 42 points came against Bangor last season, was 14-for-26 from the field, 12-for-17 from inside the arc, and 18-for-18 from the free throw line. The surprising part was that Anderson admitted after the game, via text, that his shot felt “off” during warmups before the game. In fact, the normally sharpshooting Anderson was just 2-for-9 from 3-point territory. It was further proof of how Anderson’s game has evolved, going from one that exclusively started out as a 3-point shooter to being one that now has full arsenal of weapons.
“No definitely not,” said Anderson when asked if he could have had this type of performance last year or his sophomore season. “I think I just worked really hard in the offseason, just working on going to the basket more, working on my strength. I think I had four or five and-ones (three-point plays). Just with my ankle injury last year, my size in the previous years, I don’t think this could have happened. Just the work that I put in helped me the confidence to go off the dribble and go into the lane.”