Almost all of a 14-point lead vanished, but Muskego still managed to hold on to a victory over Waukesha North, as well as its lead in the Classic 8 Conference.
The Warriors saw the North Stars rally within 2 points in the final minute but still pulled out a 65-63 triumph in a Classic 8 boys basketball game on Jan. 22 at North.
'We had a good lead, about 12 or 14 points, with under five minutes left,' coach Andy Capes said. 'We had opportunities to put it away, but we had some sloppy play. We did not play intelligently down the stretch, and we took some quick shots.
'They (the North Stars) hit a couple of big 3-pointers, and we had some turnovers. Things got tight, and their crowd got into the game. We missed the front end of two bonus (free-throw) situations, and they hit a 3-pointer to cut it to two.'
North had the ball in the final seconds but could not get off a good game-tying or game-winning shot.
'We did not play with much composure down the stretch,' the coach said.
Still, the Warriors moved to 6-0 in the Classic 8, one game ahead of Arrowhead (5-1). Those two teams met at Muskego on Jan. 26 in a battle for first place.
Muskego now enters the second half of conference play at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at home against Waukesha West (0-6 in the conference going into this week). The Warriors downed the Wolverines, 78-51, in the Classic 8 opener in early December.
They then take on Mukwonago (3-3) at 7:30 Tuesday, Feb. 2, on the road. They tipped the Indians, 68-63, in their first meeting.
Against North (3-3), Matty Farner tallied a team-high 20 points, hitting 8-of-12 from the field, and added 13 rebounds and four assists.
'That was one of the better games he has ever played here,' Capes said of Farner.
Caleb Wagner collected 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists; Tommy Anderson 9 points; and Stu Vent 7 points. The Warriors connected on eight 3-point shots, with those coming from seven different players.
Capes said forward Erik Henkel was another key part of the victory.
'He played well inside on defense,' Capes said. 'He fouled out late in the game, and that's when they made their run.'