Warhawks boys take care of business, rout Grafton and Cedarburg
Fans honor fallen Blackhawk player
Germantown - Teams are going to do what they can to slow down the unbeaten and top-ranked Germantown boys basketball team, including physical play, fouling delaying tactics.
And sometimes that takes a little bit of the bounce out of the Warhawks' step.
"You could almost feel it happening," coach Steve Showalter said after Germantown's 79-29 rout of Grafton on Jan. 31 and the 70-45 defeat of Cedarburg on Friday. "Nothing against the teams that we're playing, but the guys were just a little flat. I've seen it before, every coach and team goes through this (late in the season)."
But what lifted Showalter's spirits was the healthy, humane and respectful display the Warhawks fans put on in the home win over Grafton. As everybody in the area hoops world knows, the Blackhawks are playing with heavy hearts.
Teammate and senior swingman Josh Davis-Joiner passed away from unknown causes at a recent practice and all over the North Shore, wherever the Blackhawks have gone, spontaneous homages to Davis-Joiner have arisen.
It was no different with Germantown (10-0, 18-0), as the fans in the student section all wore orange T-shirts with his number 32 on them.
"I just looked around and I thought how classy that was," Showalter said. "Everyone really appreciated it."
In the interim, life and basketball go on.
Hoping to get Fischer back
The Warhawks are about a week or two, depending upon his progress, from getting 6-11 center Luke Fischer back from his hand injury.
Showalter, obviously, would like to have all the pieces in place, before the start of the WIAA tournament in early March as the Warhawks make a very serious run for that first elusive state title.
"We'd like to have him for the last couple of regular season games if we could," Showalter said, "but we'll just have to wait and see."
Despite Fischer's absence and a general sense of lethargy, the Warhawks showed little sign of slowing down in their two wins last week.
Run buries Bulldogs
After a sluggish start against Cedarburg (2-8, 4-13) on Friday, Germantown blew the game wide open with a 28-8 second quarter to make it 43-15 at the half. The margin reached 65-24 at the end of three, before the bench was emptied.
"The game didn't have any real flow to it," Showalter said. "They (the Bulldogs) tried to keep as close as they could and we wanted to be sure we could get people (top players) out as quickly as we could."
Zak Showalter had a rare off-night with 19 points including just three of eight foul shooting (he was 92 percent for the season) as Jake Showalter and Dan Studer had nine apiece. Germantown was only 20 of 33 from the foul line on the night.
In the Grafton (2-8, 6-11) game, it was again the second quarter, as the Warhawks went on a 21-5 run to make it 41-19 at the break. They outscored the Blackhawks 38-10 in the second half as Zak Showalter had 27, Josh Mongan 17 and Studer eight.
Coach Showalter said that sophomore forward Evan Wesenberg has really been making the most of his minutes in Fischer's absence and cited the efforts of Mongan and Studer, too. Reserve Jordan Kuczynski has been working hard and earning his minutes, too, the coach added.
"And more and more guys have been getting good amounts of playing time," coach Showalter said. "That can only help us in the future."
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