If Germantown boys basketball coach Steve Showalter wanted to draw up a more perfect evening, he could hardly have done much better than Friday night when his Warhawks turned in an astoundingly efficient effort in routing Grafton, 103-29, to clinch their second North Shore Conference title in a row.
And to put a cherry on this perfect sundae of an evening, it was also senior night as the Warhawks also won their fourth league title in the last five years.
"We started seniors Malcolm Bowers (6-1), Alex Lloyd (5-10) and Cole Reindl (5-10)," Showalter said, "and juniors Josh Mongan (5-10) and Zack (Showalter) at center. He's (Zak) a whopping 6-2."
"We had the tallest bench in the world tonight (laughs)."
Coupled with the 88-50 hammering of Nicolet on Tuesday, the state-ranked Warhawks ended the week at 12-0 in North Shore play and 19-1 overall. They are four games ahead of Homestead (8-4, 12-8) with only two North Shore contests left to play.
It also puts the Warhawks in excellent position to command the top seed in their WIAA sectional. The seeding meeting will be held later this weekend. They have now won nine games in a row.
"Everybody talks about the fact that we still have next year," said Coach Showalter of his junior-dominated squad, "but we've got guys who want to do it now."
That much was evident, as that somewhat different starting line-up exploded on the Blackhawks (1-11, 5-15) for a 34-8 first quarter lead and then a 65-17 halftime advantage.
Point guard Josh Mongan had his best night of the season, as he rained down seven three-pointers on Grafton for a season-best 25 points, all in the first half. His running mate Zak Showalter scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half and Bowers scored all 16 of his points on the night in the first two quarters.
All told, 12 different Warhawks would score in the game as they poured in an impossible-to-defend 14 three-pointers on the night.
"It's just called being ready to play when the game starts," said Coach Showalter. "We started all three of our seniors on senior night and it was a track meet right from the start."
"...And the interesting thing about it is, is that Grafton has not been playing badly and for some time now. They beat Whitefish Bay (8-5, 13-8) and so were no pushovers."
"But like I said, we've been ready to play for a few games now (ever since a shaky 47-44 win over Port Washington on Jan. 28). It's nice to think that we're hitting our stride right now."
Indeed, as the season-high point total marked the 14th time this season that the Warhawks have scored over 70 points in a game, including the last four in a row.
Coach Showalter was very happy for his point guard Mongan.
"Josh always feels that he has to set everybody else up (for easy shots)," Coach Showalter said, "even when teams are guarding (All-Suburban guard) Zak (Showalter) hard."
"But tonight he just decided to hit some open shots."
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