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Engines on full-blast, Germantown boys roar to easy win in opener

Mercy rule shortens game

Dec. 2, 2013

You could almost hear the jet engines rev to full power in the background as the Germantown boys basketball second quarter outburst got into full swing on Nov. 26 against Milwaukee Lutheran.

After a perfunctory 16-5 first period, the two-time WIAA state champion Warhawks roared past the over-matched Red Knights with a 36-12 explosion in the second session that featured four consecutive three-pointers from junior guard Brian Studer.

It was more than enough for the Warhawks to enter cruise control and coast to an 87-35 season opening win, their 57th in a row.

"We're still in the process of defining ourselves," coach Steve Showalter said. "We're trying to expand our roles a little bit as the game got a little bit out of control."

Studer's run was part of a 16-0 stretch for Germantown, which had 12 players score.

"It took them a little while before they figured out who he was," Showalter of Studer said. "They were doing everything in their power to take away the things that Jake (Showalter) does. They didn't shoot it very well and we turned them over a great deal."

The Warhawks took on Port Washington in a second NSC game on Tuesday before their first real test of the year at league rival Whitefish Bay (2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The Blue Dukes are long (three players at around 6-7) and could be battling for second behind Germantown in the NSC this winter. Swingman Joe Sherburne (6-6) is their primary threat.

Then on Saturday, Germantown heads to border rival Menomonee Falls for the 8 p.m. nightcap of the annual girls-boys doubleheader. The young Indians, under new coach Ben Farley, beat Sheboygan North on Friday in their home opener to improve to 1-1 on the young season.

A few things stood out to Showalter in the Lutheran game. He said point guard Lamonte Bearden (game-high 20 points) shined when the Warhawks were in their full-flight, open-court offense and that senior forward Evan Wesenberg (16 points) had one of his best all-around games ever.

"His hustle and effort were impressive. He was great on the boards on both ends of the floor," Showalter said of Wesenberg.

Only two players didn't score for the Warhawks as Studer finished with 16, Brian Bearden nine and Max Keefe eight.

The game featured the implementation of a new WIAA rule calling for a running clock when the margin reaches 40 or more points after the third quarter.

Showalter, whose team did that 10 times during its 28-0 state championship campaign of a year ago, is not thrilled by the measure because it will reduce playing time for the deep bench players who saw a great deal of time last year for Germantown during that highly successful campaign.

"It's going to be harder for these kids to see any meaningful time," Showalter said, "and they work as hard as anyone else on the team."

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