Although not playing their best basketball, the Muskego boys still cruised past Waukesha South, 67-53, in Classic 8 Conference action on Jan. 14.
The Warriors struggled to a 26-21 halftime edge and then extended that margin to as much as 27 points in the second half before coasting to the victory.
'We really didn't play all that well,' admitted coach Andy Capes, whose team improved to 5-0 in the Classic 8, one game in front of Arrowhead, and 9-3 overall.
Muskego did receive some strong individual efforts, led by Matty Farner with 22 points, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line, and 11 rebounds; Caleb Wagner with 18 points, six assists and eight rebounds; and Tommy Anderson with 12 points.
Erik Henkel did not score but did some fine work on the boards with four rebounds, Capes added.
The Warriors have just two games left in the first round of conference play, and they are both big ones. They play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Waukesha North (3-2 in the Classic 8) and take on Arrowhead (4-1) at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at home.
Muskego posted a crucial nonconference triumph on Jan. 12, downing Whitnall, 66-57. The Falcons are also strong, at 10-3, and this game could be important for the seeding in WIAA sectional play next month.
Anderson tallied 21 points and three assists; Wagner 19 points, five assists and four steals; and Farner 17 points and 12 boards. Henkel again was strong on the boards with five rebounds.
The Warriors also managed to control Whitnall standout Tyler Herro, who tallied 21 points but was not allowed to dominate the game.
'We pretty much controlled him, even though he scored 21; he hit a couple of late 3-pointers to build that up,' Capes said. 'He is a really nice player. Wagner played good defense on him, and we played team defense; we had great help on him.'
The Warriors went up 34-21 at the half and then held off the Falcons after that.
Muskego improved to 4-3 in nonconference play, including a victory over state-ranked Cedarburg and losses to top-rated teams Stevens Point and New Berlin Eisenhower.