Hales Corners - Whitnall head coach Steve Kujawa took away some mixed feelings about his team's Woodland Conference boys basketball game against Pewaukee on Friday night.
Kujawa was certainly happy about the Falcons' effort, and he was pleased that several reserves stepped up and made key contributions, but he had to be disappointed in the result: an agonizing 71-65 double-overtime loss.
"We didn't have our center, Austin Hurst, who had the flu last week, but I was proud of the play of two seniors, Michael Radavich and Mitch Molbeck, who came in and solidified the post," Kujawa said. "Those two have maintained the course, kept working in practice and when they were called on, they were mentally prepared to play."
Kujawa also liked the way the Falcons battled back after a poor first quarter, in which they fell behind 21-12. They allowed just four points to Pewaukee in the second period to come back within 25-24 at the half.
"I wish we could bottle the energy we had at the defensive end in the second period," the coach said.
The game went back and forth the rest of the way. Whitnall missed a shot near the end of regulation but then played fine defense to stop Pewaukee in the final seconds, forcing the extra time at 55-55.
Both teams tallied six points in the first overtime, but then the Pirates took control in the second extra session.
"We missed seven shots, many of them open, in the second overtime," Kujawa said. "It wasn't mistakes; we just missed shots."
Danny Weymier led the way with 24 points, while Mitch Brault contributed 13 points with a trio of 3-point field goals. Trenton Coleman added 11 points and Sam Mentkowski eight.
"Coleman gave us a tremendous spark in the fourth quarter," Kujawa added.
Whitnall was hurt by Pewaukee's 6-foot-6-inch center, Eric Lutzen, who scored a game-high 26 points.
The Falcons fell to 7-4 in the Woodland East Division, three full games behind Brown Deer, and 9-5 overall. They have lost two straight games after winning seven straight.
They host Greendale (5-6 in the Woodland West) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, then welcome Brown Deer at 7:30 Tuesday. They lost to Brown Deer, 73-62, in the first meeting this season.
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