There were no lingering effects of a loss to Arrowhead for the Muskego boys basketball team.
The Warriors quickly moved on from their second defeat of the season by winning a pair of games last week, claiming a 70-42 nonconference victory over Slinger on Jan. 24 and a 70-56 win over Waukesha West on Jan. 27.
By beating the Wolverines, Muskego (13-2 overall) stayed two games back of first place Arrowhead at 6-2 in league play.
"We faced two pretty athletic teams with different styles, so it was good (to get two wins)," Muskego coach Andy Capes said. "It gets us ready for the second half of the Classic 8. We'll see how things go. We have a couple of tough ones (in Mukwonago and CMH) next week."
Muskego trailed Waukesha West, 29-28, before closing the first half on an 11-0 run to lead 39-29 at the break. The Warriors then scored the first 6 points of the second half to take a commanding 45-29 advantage.
The 17-0 spurt helped Muskego establish control it would not relinquish despite Waukesha West making a late push after the Warriors grew their lead to 23.
"We had a lot of guys contribute," Capes said. "It was a really good team win. I thought we played pretty good team defense."
Sophomore forward Stu Vent led Muskego with 18 points. Senior forward Luke Horozewski scored 12 points, senior guard Ryan Wikel added 10 points and sophomore guard A.J. Makinen had nine points.
The Warriors opened the week with a 70-42 rout of Slinger on Jan. 24 in a nonconference game rescheduled from Jan. 10. Muskego led 29-18 at halftime before exploding for 41 points in the second half to come away with a 28-point win over the Owls.
"We were up by 11 at halftime and probably could have been up by more," Capes said. "We didn't take care of the ball and missed a lot of easy shots. But we played really good on defense. Our defense is hopefully coming around. We'll see against Mukwonago, but I think we're starting to have our young guys start to figure out how to rotate and help. We'll have to wait and see on that though."
Makinen paced the Warriors with 15 points. Vent and senior forward Will Herald each added 13 points and Horozewski chipped in with 9 points.
Muskego was scheduled to host Mukwonago (10-5 overall, 5-3 Classic 8) on Tuesday, Jan. 31 before traveling to Catholic Memorial to face the Crusaders (11-5, 5-3) at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3.
The Warriors fell 81-73 to Mukwonago on Dec. 13 and claimed a 66-46 win over Catholic Memorial on Dec. 16.