Strong third quarters help notch Bay boys two big NSC wins
Remain tied for second with HHS
Whitefish Bay - Third quarters were the friends of the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team last week, as the Blue Dukes used such outbursts against both Milwaukee Lutheran (70-62) and Port Washington (63-44) to earn two critical North Shore wins and keep them in a second-place tie in the league standings.
"We haven't always gotten off to the best of the starts," said Blue Duke coach Kevin Lazovik. "Fortunately we were able to increase the intensity and pressure (in the second half) and we've been able to secure some good results as a result."
"We've been using full-court defense most of the time now. Sometimes it just takes a little time to wear a team down."
Bay entered this week at 4-1 in NSC play, good for a tie for second with Homestead. The Blue Dukes are 6-2 overall. They will visit Grafton in another league game on Friday (7:30 p.m.) and then take part in the Germantown-sponsored Al McGuire Classic in the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee on Saturday.
They will challenge Menomonee Falls at 6:30 p.m.
In the win over Port, the Blue Dukes struggled to a 31-27 halftime advantage before surging to a 47-32 advantage in the third period.
"I liked our defensive effort the whole game against Port," said Lazovik. "The team defense in general was very sound." He said that Kelin Johnson, Darrein Walker and Miles Sigh did an excellent combination effort on guarding the Pirates' dangerous Joey Burbach, holding him to six points.
"That was a real team effort,' said Lazovik.
A total of 12 Bay players scored led by Sigh with 16 points, and Christian Lane and John Markwiese with eight apiece.
Against Lutheran on Dec. 11, the Blue Dukes fell behind 25-17 at the quarter, closed the gap to 40-35 at the half and finally went after three quarters, courtesy of a 24-10 surge.
"It just took us a little while to get going," said Lazovik.
Joe Sherburne had a big game with three, three-pointers and 25 points as Johnson knocked down 17 and Sigh 11 for the Blue Dukes.
It was all part of keeping pace in league play.
"We know that Homestead is a tough, tough team (the Blue Dukes will host the Highlanders on Jan. 4), so it's important that we keep our spot and keep plugging away," said Lazovik, noting that unbeaten and defending state champion Germantown (5-0, 7-0) is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. "You just keep going game-by-game and hope you have a shot at the end."
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