Shorewood boys move forward with two league wins
JV's success leaves program in good shape
Shorewood - Playing more efficiently across the board allowed the Shorewood boys basketball team to keep a positive frame of mind in the new year and record two Woodland Conference wins last week.
The Greyhounds downed South Milwaukee, 67-56, on Friday after routing Cudahy, 62-42, on Jan. 8.
The two victories allowed coach Phil Jones to keep pace with his son, Matt, who's coaching the junior varsity. The varsity is now 7-4 in Woodland play and 8-5 overall.
The elder Jones noted that his son's junior varsity is now 9-4.
"I'm having to work hard to stay with him," chuckled Phil Jones. "That's one of the best records we've ever had for the junior varsity. It shows that the program is moving in the right direction across the board."
The Greyhounds took on Cedarburg on Tuesday in a nonconference game and will be at New Berlin Eisenhower in a Woodland tilt on Friday.
In Friday's victory over the Rockets, Shorewood got off to a fast start and rode it to the finish line. It was 19-11 at the quarter and 40-23 at the half.
"We played very well in the first half," Phil Jones said. "We moved the ball around aggressively and our defense was able to create some easy buckets for us. … We're trying to force the tempo a little and play a little faster. We didn't think their ball-handling was very strong so we thought we could force some turnovers."
Point guard Tejon Lucas had a big game this night, scoring 22 points on five of six from 2-point range and two of four from 3-point range. He also hit six-of-eight free throws.
He got help from Donovan Freeman with 15 points, Carmen Purvis with 12 and Kejuan Glosson with 10.
Jones also noted that Bobby Kohl had a great game defensively and was also a beast on the boards, collecting 20 rebounds.
The Greyhounds were a little more sluggish at the start against Cudahy, as it was only 10-2 at the quarter and just 21-17 in favor of Shorewood at the half.
But then the team broke the game open with a 22-8 third quarter effort.
"We really didn't come out ready to play," Jones said, "and that's a little dangerous because in this conference just about anybody can beat anybody else. You can't take anyone for granted.
"… In the third quarter, we played harder and moved the ball around better and once we started scoring a little more the kids became more enthusiastic about their defense."
Freeman had 18 and eight rebounds and Glosson 16 to lead the way while Purvis had 10 points and 18 rebounds, and Kohl contributed eight points, seven rebounds and three assists.
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