Shorewood - With a short-handed team, Shorewood boys basketball coach Phil Jones had to adapt his team's normal up-tempo strategy to meet some hard realities.
The result was some timely wins for the Greyhounds, as they held on to beat Wauwatosa West in a wild, 69-67, decision Friday after overpowering Pius XI, 55-42, on Dec. 18.
'Due to a variety of circumstances we're able to go only six or seven deep right now,' Jones said, 'but this week, we showed that if we can play smart and stay out of foul trouble good things can happen.'
The two wins broke a four-game losing streak for Shorewood and improved the Greyhounds' Woodland Conference mark to 4-4 and their overall record to 5-5.
They are off until St. Francis visits on Jan. 4.
The win over West was particularly pleasing as the Greyhounds had fallen behind 33-21 at the half and were still down 52-45 at the end of three. Shorewood eventually had to abandon its zone defense and go with a man-to-man set despite its short-handed situation because West was bombing in 3-pointers from all over the court.
But even without critical players like Bobby Kohl (ankle injury), the Greyhounds still came through, finally tying the score at 55 before eventually taking the lead midway through the fourth period.
It was then nip and tuck to the finish line as Tejon Lucas hit some big free throws and then Kejuan Glosson knocked down a big 3-pointer.
Lucas hit one-of-two free throws with 23 seconds left to make it 69-67.
The Trojans then called a timeout to set up a play, but a deflected pass fouled up its timing and eventually they had to settle for a rushed shot from just over halfcourt at the buzzer.
Donovan Freeman led the way for Shorewood with 18 while Lucas, who hit eight-of-12 free throws, had 17, Carmen Purvis 14 and Glosson 12.
'We normally try to pick up full-court but because of our situation, we had to back off,' Jones said. 'The kids adapted though and played very hard.'
In the win over Pius, the Greyhounds worked to take a 37-35 lead at the end of three quarters and then pulled away with an 18-7 fourth period surge.
Glosson led the way with 20, while Freeman had 13 and Andrew Davis 10.
'Our zone defense was really working well that night,' Jones said.