Despite adversity, Falcons boys bounce back for impressive win over Ike, 81-60

Brown Deer taking part in Homestead Tourney

Dec. 24, 2012

Brown Deer - The Brown Deer boys basketball team had all kinds of adversity facing it in its critical Woodland Conference game against visiting New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday.

Not only were the Falcons coming off their first loss of the season to Pewaukee on Dec. 18, but they were also down defensive stopper Donte Harmon (ankle injury) and center Devante Jackson (family trip). Then during the game, all-around ace Trayvon Palmer and point guard Desmond Jackson both ran into foul trouble.

So how did the Falcons respond to all this trouble?

Emphatically, as they turned in what coach Kelly Appleby said was their best effort of the year with an impressive 81-60 win.

"The days of practice we had between Pewaukee and this game were pretty intense," Appleby said. "The kids just wanted to get back on the floor and get things going. That first loss really left an imprint on them."

With the win, the Falcons maintained their lead in the Woodland Conference Eastern Division at 8-1 (9-1 overall) while Eisenhower fell to 6-1 and 7-2, respectively.

Brown Deer faces more challenges this week as it takes part in Homestead's John Chekouras Classic. They take on state-ranked Milwaukee Hamilton in a 6:30 p.m. semifinal Thursday. The other semifinal features Homestead and Neenah. The championship game is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

New faces in starting lineup

With the absent personnel weighing heavily on his mind, Appleby had to go with a unique lineup against Eisenhower, as senior forwards Jack Wallisch and David Bach were both inserted into the starting lineup. Appleby also got a lot of mileage out so sophomore guard Lewrenzo Byers and senior guard Marcus Bond.

The Falcons got out to an 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter, but behind Palmer's eight second-period points and a middle-period surge of four straight made shots, including three, 3-pointers, Brown Deer quickly extended the advantage to 43-27 at the break.

"In fact, the game got a little too fast for Jack (Wallisch) and David (Bach) at times, but it was a tempo that suited us well and they eventually adapted," Appleby said.

Five Falcons broke into double figures as Brown Deer got 20 points from Jackson despite two first period fouls while Palmer had 18, Byers 14, D'Sean Groce 13 and Bond 10.

"Our tempo really made them work to catch up," Appleby said. "The kids were anxious to get out there and get things turned around."

Bogged down in Pewaukee

In the loss to Pewaukee, the Falcons could not get anything going offensively as an 18-7 second quarter effort by the Pirates gave them a 24-14 lead. It went to 45-32 at the end of three before the Pirates pulled away for a 68-44 decision.

"We just didn't have a good night," Appleby said. "We always seem to have a hard time playing out there."

Groce had 15 points while Bond contributed 11.

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