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The Indians bounced back from a disappointing 57-53 loss to Marquette on Dec. 16 to score an impressive 61-51 victory over West Allis Central on Dec. 19.
The split leaves Falls at 2-1 in Greater Metro play and 4-3 overall. The Indians now take part in the John Chekouras Classic at Homestead on Friday and Saturday. They take on the host Highlanders at 8 p.m. Friday in one semifinal. Consolation and championship games will be played on Saturday.
Falls took a 15-9 first quarter lead on the well-regarded Central squad and carried a 25-21 advantage into the break. It was 39-34 going into the fourth quarter.
The Indians helped themselves all night at the foul line, hitting 20-of-26 attempts as opposed to just nine of 16 for the Bulldogs.
Forward Jason Precia hit four 3-pointers en route to a career and game-high 22 points for the Indians, while Jerry Murphy continued his recent run of good play with 13 and Bryce McMurtry contributed eight. Both Precia and Dontrell Handy were six of six from the line while McMurtry was six of eight.
"Central was fouling a lot in the fourth quarter and it was great to see us go in there and knock down our throws," coach Ben Farley said. "That's an area we've been a little inconsistent in so far this year and it was great to see us play with poise on the road on a Thursday night at a tough place to play."
In the loss to Marquette, the Indians fell behind 26-22 at the half but could never quite get over the hump in the second half. This time, the Hilltoppers had the advantage at the line, hitting 20-of-29 attempts while Falls was only nine of 18. Handy had 11 points while Precia (10) and Murphy (nine) also helped out.
The Indians opened the home portion of their season on a positive note with a Greater Metro/Classic 8 Conference dual meet victory over West Allis on Dec. 17.
The varsity came away with all 12 wins while the junior varsity won 10 events.
Top place finishers for the varsity included Sam Piette, Sam Neale, John Seiler and Matt Ciolkosz. Junior varsity top swimmers included Mitch Hudson, Drake West, Josh Woods, Nick Omer, Matt Seegert, and Anthony Berzinski.
"We really stepped up tonight as a team and it brought us closer together," coach Eric Johnson said. "Technically we are starting to become more sound as well. Even though we are in a rough training cycle in our season, we snapped into our racing mentality and our hard work took over. I'm super impressed on what we have accomplished so far and I can't wait to see what the future meets will unveil."
The Indians will be at the Metro Swim Officials Invitational at Homestead at 10 a.m. Friday. The meet features collegiate-length races giving swimmers a break from their normal routine.
The Warhawks ran their state record winning streak to 64 games with a 73-50 win over Grafton on Friday night.
Germantown improved to 6-0 in the North Shore Conference and 8-0 overall.
The Warhawks bolted out to a 20-6 first quarter lead on the Blackhawks and pushed the advantage up to 42-20 at the half. They had an uncharacteristically flat third period as the feisty Blackhawks outscored them 22-9 to close the gap to 51-42, but then the Warhawks pulled away in the fourth with a 22-8 effort.
Senior guard Jake Showalter had a fine game with 25 points including seven-of-seven free throws and two 3-pointers, while senior forward Jon Averkamp also came up big with 18 points. Dearionte Hudson and Brian Bearden had eight points apiece.
Germantown had a season-best night at the line hitting 18-of-22 free throws.
Both Zack Szohr at 106 pounds and Hunter Higginbotham at 285 were unbeaten heading into last weekend's E.H. Stech Invitational at West Allis Central.
Early deadlines prevented full results from the Stech from being published, but both Szohr (15-0) and Higginbotham (13-0) had advanced into the semifinals of the event.
Also doing well for the Warhawks, who are now off until the Jan. 11 West Bend East Invitational, was Waymon McNeal at 132 pounds (12-4).
See next week's edition of the NOW for full results from the Stech.
GERMANTOWN ICE BEARS
The Ice Bears co-op split two games last week, defeating Sheboygan, 3-2, on Dec. 18 and then falling to a tough Waukesha team, 8-0, on Friday.
Germantown, which also took on Neenah on Saturday (see next edition of the NOW for details), was 4-5 overall after the loss to Waukesha. They took on Fond du Lac on Monday and are now off until a Jan. 4 North Shore Conference game at Grafton.
In the loss to Waukesha, the Ice Bears got outshot 35-18 and were hit with seven penalties which Waukesha converted twice on. Hamilton's Andrew Ullmann made eight saves in one period of work for the Ice Bears.
The victory over Sheboygan was an overtime thriller as the local skaters rallied from a 2-1 deficit early in the third period. Menomonee Falls' junior Nick Peterson got the game-winner at the 6:16 mark of overtime with an assist from Falls' senior Alec Fieldhack.
Fieldhack also assisted on the game-tying goal late in the third period that was scored by West Bend West's Joe Kandel.
— Steven L. Tietz
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