Whitefish Bay boys basketball coach Kevin Lazovik knew it was a calculated risk to try and use his 3-0 Blue Dukes' new up-tempo style on the defending state champions from Germantown on Friday night.
He knew that what worked for a nice rally and win on Tuesday night against Nicolet may not work so well against the high-octane Warhawks.
Unfortunately for Lazovik and the Blue Dukes, that was the case and then some, as they were buried under an offensive avalanche from the Warhawks in a 107-65 rout.
Lazovik was astounded by the result because it happened even with Germantown's all-state center 7-0 Luke Fischer sitting on the bench for 11 minutes in the first half with two fouls.
"We're obviously trying to play at a different tempo," said Lazovik, "and trying to play at their speed. That was obviously a miscalculation. They're just so tough to defend with their overall size and their ability to shoot."
It's by design, said Germantown coach Steve Showalter whose team improved to 2-0 on the young season and ran its winning streak to 30 games.
"Press, press, press, run, run, run, that's what we do," said Showalter. "It looks helter-skelter, but it's not. It's not a summer league game, it's not an open pick-up game either. There's a method to our madness."
That high-speed method led to a 55-point first half, despite the fact that the Indiana-recruit Fischer, who had scored 28 points in the Warhawks' opening night win against Homestead on Tuesday night, took a seat with 2:58 left in the first quarter with two fouls and would not return until the start of the third period.
When he sat doiwn, the Warhawks were already well in control at 17-5, having scored the first 13 points of the game, including the first five by Fischer.
His teammates did not let up, stretching the advantage to 25-7 at the end of the first quarter and scoring 30 points in the second period despite Fischer never moving an inch off the bench.
It was 55-27 at the half, as the Warhawks hit 10 of 13 shots in the first quarter and 19 of 33 for the first 16 minutes. Jake Showalter had 15 points while Evan Wesenberg and Brian Bearden had 10 apiece and Lamonte Bearden eight in the first half.
"It's going to come up from time-to-time this season," said Showalter. "We need to be able to take one guy out of the line-up (with injuries or fouls), maybe two and still do what we do. Our team is clearly more than one or two guys."
"So when we run nine or 10 guys in (in a quarter or half), it's clearly to our benefit."
Lazovik, who had another good team last year that was run out of Dodge by the Warhawks, said this game was like looking in a mirror.
"It was like Yogi Berra said, it was deja vu' all over again," said Lazovik. "What we were able to do Tuesday night (against Nicolet) obviously didn't work tonight."
The lead never came close to dropping below 20 in the second half.
Jake Showalter finished with 24 points, including four three-pointers, to lead all scorers. His father Steve was pleased with how he attacked the rim and how he was able to fnish with his left hand from time-to-time.
Jake Showalter was one of six Germantown players in double figures, as the Bearden brothers, the transfer students from Homestead, contributed mightily, as starting point guard Lamonte had 14 and Brian came off the bench for 10.
Starting forwards 6-6 Jon Averkamp (11 points) and 6-7 Evan Wesenberg (10) also got into the act while Fischer still broke into double figures with 15 points, despite limited minutes.
He put on a stupendous display in the waning seconds of the third quarter as he got a steal, drove hard and slammed home a two-handed flush with 53 seconds to go. Then with just 32 seconds left in the period he leaked out after a rebound and in full stride battered home another impressive dunk as the hometown Germantown fans roared their approval.
Reserve forward Cole Karcz added nine points.
Coach Showalter didn't want to read too much into the impressive win, but knew that Homestead and Bay were likely to be the Warhawks two primary challengers to a fourth straight North Shore Conference title.
That the Warhawks were now able to get a quick leg up on the two squads was not lost on the coach.
"I've been thinking about this week for six months," said Coach Showalter, whose team will host nonconference power Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. "We usually are able to get a nonconference game in beforehand, but then the scheduling changed and the WIAA changed the start date (to the season)."
"Looking back, this week is turning out to be a great thing, but it wasn't when I had to think about it a lot (laughs)."
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