Greenfield boys basketball team stuns powerful Pewaukee
Long-range shooting propels Hustlin' Hawks to victory
Using a solid combination of long-range shooting and strong defense, the Greenfield boys basketball team pulled off a huge 61-49 triumph over Pewaukee on Friday night.
"That was quite a steppingstone for us," head coach Jack Miller said. "Pewaukee is an excellent team, athletic and tall. We just happened to play our best game of the season. We have had trouble putting together four strong quarters this season, but we played four solid quarters in this game."
The Hustlin' Hawks notched just their second Woodland Conference victory in 13 tries this season and improved to 5-11 overall with their second victory in three contests.
Pewaukee fell to 8-3 in the Woodland and 11-5 overall.
"This gives us some confidence for the rest of the season," Miller said.
Big second quarter
The game was tied at 13-13 after one quarter but Greenfield outscored the Pirates 24-8 in the second period.
That quarter featured six made 3-point field goals by the Hawks, as Ben Fularcyzk fired in a pair and Marcus Myers, Jeremy Swider, Josh Czerwinski and Keagan Blanks each put in one from long-range.
Greenfield went up 37-21 at the half, then used tenacious defense to prevent the Pirates from getting back into the game in the second half.
"We worked hard on our rotations on defense, and we contained their 6-foot-8 inch guy (Eric Lutzen, who finished with 10 points)," Miller said.
As solid as the defense was, the Hawks were red-hot on offense. They shot 56 percent from the floor for the game, including 45 percent from 3-point range (9 of 20).
Marcus Myers led the way with 14 points and continued a string of fine games, Miller said.
"He has been playing at a high level," the coach added. "He can score, but he is also our best passer, and he quarterbacks our team."
Fularczyk tallied 11 points, Ryan Hensiak 10 and Ryan Sobocinski and Swider seven points each.
Lose to St. Francis
The Hawks fell to St. Francis, 65-47, on Jan. 29 in a makeup game from the Jan. 28 postponement.
Hensiak scored 12 points, Myers 10, Czerwinski eight and Fularcyzk seven for Greenfield, which was still within range at 44-36 after three periods but was outscored 21-11 in the fourth.
Greenfield welcomes Shorewood at 7:30 p.m. today in another makeup, then visits Cudahy at 7:30 Friday night.
In earlier meetings, the Hawks lost to the Greyhounds, 85-71, and beat the Packers, 62-39.
The Hawks then travel to Whitnall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. They dropped a 44-42 decision to the Falcons in December.
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