Pirates start fast, never look back

Published on: 2/13/2009

Pewaukee - Pewaukee's boys basketball team knows its chances of sharing the Woodland Conference title might not be great. But the Pirates are doing everything they can to make league-leading New Berlin Eisenhower sweat.

Pewaukee, which trails Eisenhower by one game in the loss column, stayed hot on the Lions' tails Friday night. The Pirates scored on their first six possessions, built their lead to as many as 31 points and routed visiting Brown Deer, 67-44.

Senior guard Geordin Panagopoulus led Pewaukee with 17 points. Senior guard Stephan Hansen added 13, senior forward Dave Czerwinski chipped in 12 and senior center Ben Landry had 11.

Pewaukee won its seventh straight game and improved to 14-3 overall and 11-2 in the league. Brown Deer (9-9, 8-6) has lost three of its last four.

"In the back of our heads, we'd love Eisenhower to get a loss so we could get half the conference," Panagopoulus said. "I don't know if that's going to happen. The big thing is we just want to be playing our best when the playoffs start."

Pewaukee couldn't have played much better Friday. The Pirates dominated in every possible category in the first half and took a commanding 44-16 lead to the locker room.

Pewaukee averaged 1.33 points per possession in the first half, while Brown Deer averaged just 0.44. The Pirates held a 23-7 rebounding advantage, forced 15 turnovers and had just seven miscues themselves.

"Overall, yeah, that's probably as good as we've played," said Pewaukee coach Tim Reuter, who got his 300th victory earlier this week and was honored before the game. "We were really sharp."

Pewaukee led by just 11-7 late in the first quarter when it embarked on a 13-0 run. Panagopoulus had seven points in that spurt and Brown Deer went nearly 6 minutes without a point.

"We really picked up the defense," said Czerwinski, who had eight of his points and six rebounds in the first quarter. "Our defense really fuels our offense."

The Pirates then finished the half on a 9-0 spurt. Hansen, who had eight second-quarter points, highlighted the run with a deep three-pointer at the horn.

The second half was mostly a formality, and the Pirates' lead grew to as many as 31. It wasn't until Pewaukee pulled its starters for the entire fourth quarter that the Falcons made even the slightest of dents.

"Hopefully, Eisenhower will lose somewhere and we can still get a share," Czerwinski said. "But right now, our job is to make sure we don't lose another game."

Friday night, that job was done extremely well.

Brown Deer 7 9 9 19 - 44
Pewaukee 20 24 12 11 - 67

 Brown Deer (fg ft-fta pts): Christopher Morgan 2 0-0 5; Justin Gordon 1 0-0 2; Nate Seefeldt 1 0-0 3; Jaleel Queary 4 4-7 12; Joziah Mallett 3 2-3 9; Keone Moore 1 1-2 3; Quantavious Tucker 1 0-0 2; Kierre Ogbanna 2 0-0 4; C Smith 0 4-4 4. Totals - 15 11-16 44.

Pewaukee: Dave Czerwinski 5 2-2 12; Geordin Panagopoulos 7 3-4 17; Ben Landry 5 1-2 11; Matt Opie 1 0-0 3; Aaron Domack 0 0-1 0; Stephan Hansen 5 1-2 13; Mike Olewinski 0 4-4 4; Matt Dabney 2 0-0 4; Bryan Spakowicz 1 0-0 3. Totals - 26 11-15 67.

Three-point goals - BD 3 (Mallett, Morgan, Seefeldt); PEW 4 (Hansen 2, Opie, Spakowicz). Total fouls - BD 16; PEW 16.