Homestead boys basketball
The Kevin McKenna era got off to a positive start for the Highlanders, as they swept Madison LaFollette, 75-64, and Madison West, 74-60, in the I-94 Classic last weekend.
In both games, the Highlanders overcame small deficits at the half.
'We went out there and we found some things we can work on,' McKenna said. 'The defensive rotations were not as good as we would have liked them, but we still found ways to win. It was nice to run into a little adversity and come out unscathed.'
The Highlanders got some more adversity this week as they opened North Shore competition at defending state champion Germantown on Tuesday and then host Nicolet at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Then at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, they challenge Milwaukee Vincent at Milwaukee South in the Terry Porter Classic.
In Friday's win over West, Jake Laihinen had 16 points to lead the way while Sam Kaegi had 12 and Darius Marshall 10. In Saturday's victory over La Follette, sophomore Jaylen Key had 25, while Luke Worthington had 13 and Kaegi 10.
'In each game, it was a tale of two halves,' McKenna said. He praised the efforts of Kaegi and Key. He noted while people will be focusing hard defensively on the 6-8 BYU recruit Worthington, the 6-7 Key has the skills to fill in the gaps.
Brown Deer boys basketball
The high-octane Falcons got out of the gate at full speed, as they routed Cudahy, 96-38, on Nov. 20 and then pulled away from Milwaukee School of Sciences, 76-64, on Friday.
'We are off and running and gunning,' a pleased Falcons coach Kelly Appleby said. 'It was kind of nice, with as much experience as we have, it's not so much of a learning process. With 10 guys coming back, we can just go out there and get the job done.'
Brown Deer hosted Whitnmall in another Woodland Conference game on Tuesday and then travels to Shorewood (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Appleby liked how the team reacted in a tight, claustrophobic road atmosphere in a small gym against Milwaukee Sciences.
'It was a hostile environment, there was no water available and it was really hot in there,' Appleby said. 'They had 6-7 and 6-5 guys but we showed our character in finishing the game.'
Trayvon Palmer had 18 points while D'Sean Groce had 17 and Marcus Bond nine for the Falcons.
In the rout of the Cudahy, Brown Deer was up 24-8 at the quarter and never looked back. A total of 12 players scored including Devante Jackson with 17, Donte Harmon with 16, Palmer with 14 and Lewrenzo Byers with 11.
Shorewood boys basketball
The Greyhounds opened their season with a tough 68-64 Woodland Conference win over Greenfield on Nov. 20.
Shorewood, which hosts Brown Deer on Friday, had a 20-10 first quarter lead, and was still up by 10 going into the fourth period, but had to hold off a Hustlin' Hawks rally.
Andrew Davis had 17 points for Shorewood while Donovan Freeman had 14 and Carmen Purvis 13.
Whitefish Bay boys basketball
The Blue Dukes improved to 3-0 on the young season with 79-56 victory over area rival University School.
A 26-13 third quarter broke open the competitive game as Kevin Johnson had 20, Jake Casey 13, and Darrein Walker 10 for the Blue Dukes.
A total of 11 players scored for Bay, who visit defending state champion Germantown in a 7:30 p.m. North Shore Conference game.
Nicolet boys basketball
Waukesha North hit Nicolet with a 20-9 fourth quarter as the Knights fell, 52-44, on Nov. 20. Greg Pigg had 19 points while Eugene Bonner had 10 for the short-handed Nicolet squad, which led 35-32 at the end of three quarters.
The Knights visit powerful Homestead on Friday.
- Steven L. Tietz