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Kraker's Central career comes to end at Vincent

March 09, 2012 11:05 p.m. | Playing at Milwaukee Vincent has proven to be one of the toughest tasks in the state for visiting girls basketball teams over the last five years or so. Friday night, it was West Allis Central that found that bit of knowledge out first hand as the Vikings prevailed over the Bulldogs in a WIAA regional semifinal, 53-35

Vincent will now face Milwaukee King in the regional final Saturday. The Vikings fell twice in the regular season to King but head coach Derick Jenkins hopes the home court advantage will boost his squad like it did Friday night.

“It’s going to be a battle but thankfully we did enough in the regular season to get home court advantage in these first two games,” Jenkins said. “We’ll see what happens as we move along, but it’s all about preperation.”

The wire-to-wire win over Central moves Vincent to 16-6 overall on the year, with just a single home loss to King in late January. Four different Vikings players finished in double digits against the Bulldogs, and it was apparent from the start it would be a balanced attack.

Seniors Sydney Howard and Nafeshia Holifield each had 12 points to lead the Vincent attack and were part of an 11-2 first quarter run from which West Allis Central never did recover. By aggressively forcing the ball inside against the smaller opponent, Vincent got to the line six times in the first frame, converting five of them.

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Whitnall's dream season comes to end

March 09, 2012 8:01 a.m. | Most of this season, the Whitnall boys basketball team has prided itself on fast starts, forcing the opponent to play catch-up all night.

That formula paid off in 22 victories, the Woodland Conference Black Division championship and a WIAA Division 2 regional crown.

Pius XI, however, turned the tables on the Falcons on Thursday night by jumping to an early lead of its own, then surrendering it just one time. The Popes built a double-digit advantage in the second half and held off a late Whitnall rally for a 66-62 victory in a sectional semifinal contest at Greenfield High School.

The Falcons ended their splendid season at 22-3, while Pius improved to 22-3 and will take on Milwaukee Washington on Saturday in a sectional championship contest.

The Popes went inside early and often in the opening half, either scoring on drives to the basket or on back-door layups after players slipped behind the Falcons defense.

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Minus two standouts, WAC almost pulls upset

March 08, 2012 11:07 p.m. | It’s tough enough to beat a team like Milwaukee Rufus King with your best players on the floor. West Allis Central almost did it without them.

Thursday night’s WIAA boys basketball sectional matchup between perennial power King, the top seed, and third-seeded West Allis Central certainly lived up to its billing, with the Generals edging the Bulldogs 75-71 in a contest that featured 12 lead changes.

With King clinging to a 40-38 lead two minutes into the third quarter, Central standouts Jarvis Garrett, a junior, and Najeal McMillian, a senior, picked up their fourth fouls.

But the Bulldogs bit back. Senior forward Darvell Brown drained three-pointers on three consecutive possessions to give Central a 51-44 lead. Minutes later, Brown also picked up his fourth foul. With more than a quarter left to play, Central head coach David Mlachnik had no choice but to put three of his best players – and on this night, his three top scorers – on the bench.

“All I can say is that I’m incredibly proud of our kids and the way they played,” Mlachnik said. “It’s been like this all season. I take someone out, and someone else comes in and they do what they need to do. You can say the star players came out of the game, but after two of them went out, we had a seven-point lead.”

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Two men wanted for armed robbery arrested in Wauwatosa

March 07, 2012 12:30 p.m. | Two men wanted for an armed robbery in Greenfield were nabbed driving through Wauwatosa last week.

According to police reports:

A Greenfield officer pulled over a vehicle that was riding on two flat tires at 9:49 p.m. Feb. 29. The driver, a 21-year-old Milwaukee man, had a red, swollen eye and said he had been robbed at gunpoint earlier that evening in an alley in the 3800 block of West Howard Avenue.

He had gone to his friend's home in that neighborhood to deliver drugs - Percocet pills and marijuana - to friends, a 22-year-old Greenfield man and a 23-year-old Milwaukee man. They all got into the victim's vehicle at which point the older man put a gun to his head and ordering him into the back of the vehicle. During the drive, the vehicle owner was struck with a pistol. Eventually, they ended up at the older man's Hawley Road home in Milwaukee and the victim was released.

He said he was driving erratically because he was so shaken and blew out the tires on a curb.

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