Defense keys Tosa West boys basketball team past Cudahy
Trojans' rematch with Greendale set for Friday
The Wauwatosa West boys basketball team lost to Greendale on Jan. 14 and a non-conference game on Saturday, but the Trojans came away with a victory over Cudahy on Friday.
The 1-2 mark for the week left coach Chad Stelse's team with a 9-4 record. The Trojans are 2-3 in their last five games.
They are tied for fourth in the rugged Woodland Conference West Division with Greendale (7-3 Woodland, 10-4 overall) and the Panthers are coming to town for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday.
They will then travel to Whitnall on Tuesday to play the Falcons (5-3, 6-6) of the Woodland East.
In the 66-38 win at Cudahy (1-9, 3-10) it started with the defense, as the Trojans held them to two points in the first quarter (16-2). The 38 points West scored at halftime tied the Packers total for the game.
"We put away a team we should beat early with our defensive energy," Stelse said. "Offensively, I was proud of the way we shared the ball with four guys scoring in double figures."
Blake Harvey led the way with 13 points, followed by Andre Carroll (12 points, eight rebounds), Rashaad Moore (10 points) and Steffan Brown (10 points, nine assists).
Recently added to the roster, Alou Dillon, a 6-foot-4 freshman, had a team-high 11 rebounds.
"Adding Alou to the roster adds some depth to our rotation," Stelse said.
West opened the week with an 81-69 loss at Greendale, as the Trojans could not stop star forward Jordan Perez, who finished with 32 points, which included 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
"We had a hard time containing Perez after Andre (Carroll) got in foul trouble," Stelse said. "With Andre in foul trouble, we had (Reggie) Cason on him as well as some double teams.
"I give Jordan a ton of credit; he made some difficult shots and his length created problems for us. I was proud of our defensive effort on him. Sometimes you just have to give credit to an outstanding player.
"That being said, I look forward to seeing what Carroll can do against him the second time around (Friday). Andre attempted to take two charges that could of gone either way. Unfortunately, they didn't go our way and he had to sit next to me for important stretches of the game."
The Trojans trailed 39-30 at halftime and 60-48 after three quarters.
Brown was 9-for-9 from the free throw line and finished with 21 points, while Moore added 15 with three 3's and Carroll and Harvey had 10 points each.
"It took Steffan a while to get going, because of the box-and-one they were playing on him," Stelse said. "But once he settled down and realized that he was still a huge part of the game plan, he embraced the challenge and attacked all second half despite the different look he was getting from Greendale's defense."
Stelse is impressed with Brown's growth as a player.
"He is a very talented player and his skill set continues to grow," he said. "Last season, Greendale played a similar defense against Steffan and they completely took him out of the game. That didn't happen this year."
Stelse also praised junior guard Moore.
"Rashaad needs to be that spark off the bench for us," he said. "He has the capability of scoring in bunches. When he does it more consistently, he will give us another scoring option."
Hurt hurts Trojans
The Trojans dropped a thrilling 67-64 non-conference game to John Marshall (11-4) of Rochester, Minn., in the Midwest Players Classic at the La Crosse Center on Saturday.
"Going in, we were concerned with their height," Stelse said. "Their best player was Michael Hurt (6-6 sophomore), who averaged 18 points and eight rebounds a game and their second leading scorer was 6-9 Ngor Barnaba.
"Hurt (24 points) really gave us matchup problems with his length. We had good pressure on him, but he was able to shoot over us from the perimeter."
The Trojans were down 10 at halftime, but Stelse's team battled back.
It was back and forth the rest of the way, but in the final seconds the Trojans fell short.
Carroll led the way with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Brown also had a good all-around game (12 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and three steals).
Cason (11 points, five rebounds and two steals), Harvey (10 points and three steals) and Dillon (eight points and three rebounds) also stood out for the Trojans.
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