When the Brown Deer boys basketball team went inside to junior post player Kierre Ogbonna good things tended to happen Tuesday night against visiting Wauwatosa West.
He not only scored but also got rebounds and helped the Falcons grab an early 6-0 lead and a 20-15 advantage at the end of the first period.
But then the Falcons largely forgot about post play after that and without a viable perimeter game (no three-pointers made on the night and very few attempted), the lead evaporated and the Trojans were gradually able to pull away with a 69-59 victory.
"It's a broken record," said Brown Deer co-coach Andy Bauschelt of his team's third loss in a row. "We played well at the start of the game but then we reverted back to what we know which is street ball and that doesn't bode well when you're trying to win a high school basketball game."
The loss dropped the Falcons to 4-3 in Woodland Conference play and 4-6 overall in their final game of the 2009 portion of the season while West improved to 4-2.
Ogbonna had six of his 18 points in the first quarter and his basket at the 4:07 mark of the second quarter gave the Falcons their last lead of the night at 27-25. After that, the Trojans reeled off 10 points in a row, including six by freshman Anthony Carroll, to take a 35-27 advantage with 1:41 remaining in the half.
The West margin was 37-31 at the break. The lead quickly shot up to 10 early in the third quarter, but then a 6-0 run by the Falcons, including four by Jamon Jackson-Wilson, cut it to 43-39 with 2:05 remaining in the period.
However, the Trojans outscored the Falcons 13-4 over the next 4:30 to pull away for good. West sank 12 of 17 free throws in the fourth quarter and 20 of 30 overall while the Falcons hit only five of 12 for the game. West forced 21 Falcon turnovers on the night.
Carroll and senior guard Sam Krenzien had 23 apiece to lead West while senior forward Barry Ballinger contributed 11. Ogbonna got help from Jackson-Wilson and Keone Moore with 12 apiece.
"It's all part of our ups and downs," said Bauschelt. "Sometimes we feel like playing in a system and other times we don't. We don't have a perimeter game right now and we're really struggling to find an offense."
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