Anything can happen - and usually does - in basketball rivalry games.
A case in point was the Feb. 12 meeting between the Greenfield and Whitnall boys, as the teams went back and forth through regulation and an overtime before the Falcons finally prevailed, 78-74.
"These rivalry games always seem to be close," Whitnall head coach Steve Kujawa said, noting that in the first contest this season, the Hustlin' Hawks pulled out a 56-54 victory.
Danny Weymier racked up a game-high 34 points for the Falcons, while Brent Sluka added 14, Mitch Brault 13 and Sam Mentkowski nine points.
For the Hawks, Ricky Santiago tallied 25 points, Travis Reszcynski 12, Josh Czerwinski 11 and Sonnie Wilbert nine.
One of the stories of the game was Greenfield's 11 three-point goals, including five from Santiago.
"Half of those were contested," Kujuwa said, "and the others were from 22, 23 feet out. Greenfield is a good shooting team."
Greenfield head coach Jack Miller, however, was less than enamored with some of the shot selections on the night.
"It was a good spectator's game," Miller said, "but there were needless and rushed shots on both sides."
The Hawks were up 35-34 at the half, and the Falcons tied it at 51-51 after three quarters.
The game was tied in the final minute when Weymier connected on a shot and drew a foul. His free throw put the Falcons ahead by three points with 23 seconds left.
Reszcynski answered with a 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining to tie the game. Whitnall had a good look in the final seconds but missed, forcing the overtime.
In the extra session, Greenfield assumed an early lead but the Falcons came back and put away the game with clutch free throws. Whitnall was 22-of-29 from the line for the game to Greenfield's 9-of-12.
The Falcons finished the regular season with a four-game winning streak and an overall mark of 14-7. They were 12-6 in the Woodland Conference East Division.
They open WIAA Division 2 regional play at 7 p.m. Friday at Bay View. If they win, they would either visit New Berlin Eisenhower or host New Berlin West or Waukesha North at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Greenfield wound up 10-12 on the season, 9-9 in the conference. The Hawks met Racine Park in a first-round contest Tuesday; a victory would put them at top seed Milwaukee Hamilton at 7 p.m. Friday.
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