Caleb Wagner and Tommy Anderson put together big games to help Muskego's boys basketball team down Waukesha South, 79-71, on Feb. 12 to earn a share of the Classic 8 Conference championship.
Wagner collected 32 points, netting a trio of 3-point field goals and 17 of 25 free throws, and Anderson tallied 26 points, connecting on five 3-pointers. Wagner also had six assists and Matty Farner, despite battling foul trouble, contributed 9 points and seven rebounds.
The victory boosted the Warriors to 11-1 in the Classic 8, and when Arrowhead lost to Kettle Moraine, 69-62, that same evening, Muskego clinched at least a piece of its second straight conference crown.
'This is a special group of seniors (led by Wagner, Farner and Anderson),' said coach Andy Capes, whose team improved to 15-4 overall with its fifth straight victory. 'This (the second title) says a lot about us becoming a more consistent program.'
Muskego takes on Waukesha North (7-5 in the conference) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in its final regular-season home game. The Warriors then play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Arrowhead (9-3) to close the Classic 8 slate.
The Warriors edged North, 65-63, in their earlier meeting and fell to Arrowhead, 70-65, for their lone conference loss.
Muskego jumped to a 35-25 halftime lead in the Feb. 12 contest and then had to hang on through a high-scoring, foul-plagued second half.
Both teams were in the bonus at the free-throw line with 10 minutes left, helping account for the high total of 74 free throws shot for the game.
'We were up about 10 to 12 points, then they cut it to 7, then we went back up 10,' Capes recalled. 'South really battled hard, and it became a free throw contest.'
Muskego prevailed in that contest, shooting 45 free throws and making 30 to South's 23-for-29.
Earlier last week, the Warriors tipped Kettle Moraine, 55-53, on Feb. 9. Ben Schaefer netted a key 3-point field goal in the final minute to put Muskego up by 3 points. Then after a basket by the Lasers, Wagner hit one free throw.
Wagner led the Warriors with 18 points, Anderson added 13 points and Luke Horozewski 9 points.
The Lasers then went on to down Arrowhead on Feb. 12, increasing Muskego's conference lead to two games with two to play.
'This conference is a grind,' said Capes, whose team has lost only two games in the Classic 8 in the past two seasons. 'We did what we had to do.'