Focus on boys basketball
Weekly area rankings, notes, events to watch in high school boys basketball.
1. Brookfield Central (15-0) 1 (Last week)
2. Germantown (17-1) 2
3. Milwaukee King (15-1) 3
4. Wisconsin Lutheran (14-2) 4
5. Milwaukee Riverside (15-1) 5
6. Racine Case (11-3) 6
7. Kettle Moraine (14-2)7
8. West Allis Central (13-2) 8
9. W'fish Bay Dominican (13-3) 9
10. Milwaukee Hamilton (9-5) 10
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kevon Looney, Milwaukee Hamilton. The senior forward became the fifth player in state history to be named a McDonald's All-American on Wednesday and then reminded everyone what the fuss was about Friday.
The UCLA recruit scored a season-high 43 points in the 85-60 victory over Milwaukee North to equal his third-highest single-game total. He ranks fourth in the state with 28.1 points per game.
"It's fantastic for our program. I think it's fantastic for him," Hamilton coach Randy Williams said of the McDonald's honor. "He's built that up for himself. ... I think he deserves it 100%."
TEAM OF THE WEEK: Slinger. A week did wonders for the Owls. On Jan. 23, Oconomowoc's first and only Wisconsin Little Ten victory came at their expense. The following Thursday, they beat second-place West Bend East, 59-57, at home to drop East two games behind league leader Wisconsin Lutheran with five games left.
Slinger went 9 for 16 (56%) from three-point range. Forward Josh Hau and guard Jay Smith, two juniors, hit 4 three-pointers each. The team, which graduated the top players from a team that went 21-4 last season, improved to 12-5 and 6-3.
"It was a little bit of a change in attitude," Slinger coach Al Schieve said. "When we got off the bus at Oconomowoc, I don't think we were ready to play. I think it shook us back to reality."
G'TOWN UPDATE: Starters Lamonte Bearden and Brian Bearden and reserves Dearionte Hudson and Lamont Christian remain sidelined as the result of a Jan. 23 traffic stop that led to their arrest for marijuana possession. Assuming this is the first athletic code violation, the athletes will be required to sit five games. That sets their return for Feb. 14 against Nicolet. There would be two regular-season games left.
"The student(s) may be able to return to competition this season provided that they adhere to all provisions of the Code," the district said in a statement.
IMPROVING: St. Francis (7-9, 5-8 Woodland East) is making its final season in the Woodland memorable. The Mariners, who will join the Midwest Classic next season, have won more league games this year than they had in their previous seven years in the Woodland (four). When they completed a sweep of Greenfield last week, it marked the first time St. Francis did that in the Woodland.
The run has been led seniors Chase Nowak (15.7 ppg), Adam Korpela (15.4 ppg) and Zac Soljand (7.4 ppg). All three are playing their third year of varsity ball.
"They've just been very dedicated to the program" coach Lance Marifke said. "They've worked all summer long. They're really interested in changing the fortunes (of the program). It was really important for us to be successful in the Woodland before we left."
UPSET OF THE WEEK: The surprise of the week goes to Greenfield, a 5-11 team that gave Pewaukee a 61-49 loss on the road Friday, leaving the Pirates two games behind Woodland West leader New Berlin Eisenhower with six games to play. The Hustlin' Hawks, who improved to 2-11 in the Woodland East, hit 9 three-pointers and got 14 points from senior guard Marcus Myers.
Milwaukee Riverside at Milwaukee Hamilton, 7 p.m. Tuesday: Two of the final three undefeated teams in the City Conference play match up.
Burlington Catholic Central at Whitefish Bay Dominican, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: The top two Metro Classic teams take the floor. Dominican won the first meeting, 47-31, Dec. 19.
Wisconsin Lutheran at Germantown, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Lutheran could give the short-handed Warhawks a big test in this non-conference showdown.
Milwaukee Pius at Pewaukee, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday: Pius, which has won 11 of its last 12, needs a victory to remain within striking distance of Woodland West leader New Berlin Eisenhower.
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