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Bouncing back from a decisive defeat against one of the top teams in the state, the Muskego boys basketball squad rolled past Wisconsin Rapids, 73-44, on Dec. 29.

Caleb Wagner tallied 25 points, four assists and five rebounds to lead the way. Matt Farner collected 16 points and 12 rebounds; Tommy Anderson 10 points and three assists; and Luke Horozewski four rebounds.

Muskego jumped to a 39-22 halftime lead and held Rapids to just 22 points again in the second half.

'We played a lot smarter on defense,' coach Andy Capes said. 'We went up early, then added to it.'

The victory gave Muskego a split of two games in the Sentry Holiday Classic last week at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The Warriors had opened with an 81-56 loss at the hands of Stevens Point, the defending WIAA Division 1 champion and the top-rated team again this season.

'We played well for the first five to 12 minutes,' Capes said. 'We were in the lead, but then they went on a big run and we went four minutes without scoring. We missed some bunnies. The game went from two to 10 points in a hurry.

'If you play against Point, you have to play your best. We had some defensive mistakes as well.'

Muskego, which came into this week at 6-2, took on Oconomowoc on Jan. 5 and will welcome Kettle Moraine at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, in a Classic 8 Conference contest.

The Warriors have another tough nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Whitnall.