Shorewood boys work hard to beat Turner, 72-55
Greyhounds visit South Milwaukee on Friday
The Shorewood boys basketball team gained some valuable momentum heading into the new year with a 72-55 nonconference home win over Beloit Turner on Friday.
It was all about the effort in the eyes of coach Phil Jones.
"We played hard and we've been after them a little bit about that lately," Jones said. "We got ahead, we stayed ahead and we worked hard to maintain our advantage. They shot it well from two-point range (56 percent) but so did we (50 percent)."
The game was the first back for the Greyhounds since their holiday break and evened their overall record at 4-4. They had their Tuesday game with Greenfield postponed by the cold snap and carry a modest two-game winning streak into a Woodland Conference game at South Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
With many people on vacation over the break, Jones was pleased to get some good activity in for the team over the break including practices on Dec. 26 and 27, a varsity reserve game on Dec. 28 and another practice on Dec. 30.
He said that helped the team prepare for the Turner game. The Greyhounds outscored the Trojans in every quarter, taking a 15-12 advantage at the quarter, a 31-25 lead at the half and a 49-41 margin into the final quarter.
Shorewood had good balance in this game, led by sophomore guard Te'Jon Lucas, who nailed three 3-pointers and scored 17 points total. He also had eight assists and four rebounds.
"I thought he had a very good game," Jones said. "He played hard, too."
Others in doubles figures for the Greyhounds included juniors Paris Perkins and Kevin Taylor (two 3-pointers) with 12 points each and sophomore Shane Carrington with 11. Kenneth Odom helped out with nine.
"Playing hard has been the big issue for us most of the season," Jones said. "We've also been forced to change our rotations a little because of injuries."
That was the one piece of bad news over the break for the Greyhounds as junior forward Riley Sellinger was lost for the season and will have surgery on his shoulder for an injury suffered during the Greyhounds conference-title winning football season this past fall.
"We'll continue to work," Jones said. "If we stay balanced like we are, we should be all right."
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