Short and short-handed, the Shorewood boys basketball team could only do so much against a physical and determined Bradley Tech team Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal game, as the Trojans eased away from the host Greyhounds by a 67-62 count.
Coach Phil Jones wasn't happy with the physical play or the outcome, which ended the Greyhounds' season at 13-10.
"We were short-handed," he said. "Carmen Purvis wasn't available tonight and we play only six, sometimes seven people so that made it hard. ...We were active on the boards tonight, but everytime we were we got beat up and mauled underneath. That sort of negates all the good that you've done."
Bradley Tech now advances to a Division 2 regional semifinal Friday at second-seeded City Conference co-champ Milwaukee Washington.
Shorewood took an initial 16-13 lead in the first quarter, but then the Trojans came back with a 23-12 effort in the second period that put them up 36-28. Sophomore forward Joseph Harries had 11 points in the first half for Tech, including three 3-pointers and eight points in the second.
The Greyhounds were able to put a little pressure on the Trojans in the third period and courtesy of an 8-1 run at the start of the session, were able to close the gap to 37-36, with 4:42 left in the period.
That effort set the tone for the rest of the game, as the Greyhounds would frequently come close but could never quite get over the hump.
But in the last minute of the session, both Donovan Freeman and Tejon Lucas hit a pair of free throws to tie the score at 48.
Shorewood took its only lead of the second half at 51-50 on a three-pointer from the baseline by Lucas at the 6:49 mark of the fourth, but a countering three from Tech's Martis Shanks claimed the advantage back just 24 seconds later.
In a period that featured much physical play and several turnovers by both teams, the Greyhounds could never get ahead again. They tied the score for the last time at 57-all on a pair of a free throws by Bobby Kohl with 3:15 remaining, but Tech then took the lead for good on a driving lay-up by Latrell Katherine just seconds later.
A basket by Kohl at the 1:49 mark cut the margin to 60-59
Shorewood had one last chance to tie the score with about 45 seconds left, and the score 64-62 Tech, but after trying to go underneath, the ball got stripped twice from Greyhound players.
Shorewood would never score again, and the Trojans hit three free throws in the final 14 seconds to clinch things.
The loss spoiled a nice night by senior guard Donovan Freeman who had 22 points, as Kohl had 16 points, Lucas 11 and Kejuan Glosson 10. Shorewood hit 16 of 18 free throws as opposed to just six of 11 for Tech, but it wasn't enough.
Shorewood had a hard time containing Tech junior guard Kevin Speaks who had 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
Jones was disappointed.
"There isn't a whole lot to like when you lose," he said, "and we've played better and against better teams."
He did praise senior forward Alec Grimmer for doing a good job stepping into the starting line-up in Purvis's absence.