Early on, Wauwatosa West's boys basketball team has shown it has the potential for a high-scoring offense — if the Trojans continue to get the outside-shooting contributions as they did Nov. 30 against Milwaukee Career and Tech Education.
Led by 23 points and six 3-pointers from junior guard LaRon Perine, Tosa West connected on 14 shots from beyond the arc to cruise to a 94-61 victory over the Cougars to move to 2-0 on the season.
"I've seen LaRon catch fire like that since his youth days," Tosa West coach Chad Stelse said. "If we can continue to get play like that from LaRon, that just adds that scoring dimension that we need."
The Trojans wasted little time taking control of the game against Career and Tech Education, an up-and-coming program in the City Conference. Formerly know as Milwaukee Custer, the Cougars are coached by former Milwaukee prep star Calvin Rayford, who went on to play at the University of Kansas.
SCTE won two play-off games last season before falling by 5 points to Brookfield Academy in a WIAA Division 3 regional final.
"They are much improved," Stelse said. "Unfortunately for them, they did lose one of their better players to an injury before the season. Coach Rayford used to work with this program. It was an honor to have him here and coach against a high school legend."
Tosa West started the game on a 12-2 run and built a 53-31 halftime lead on 12 points from Perine and 8 each from Alou Dillon and Noah Katula.
Perine finished with 23 on 8-of-15 shooting, including hitting 6 of 11 3-point attempts. Tyrone Powell finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Dillon and Paris Howell each added 10 points. Tosa West had 11 different players score, getting key bench contributions from Powell, Katula, Howell and John Frank.
After scoring 100 points and shooting 54 percent from the field in their season opener against Milwaukee Hamilton, the Trojans shot 51.4 percent from the field and made 14 of their 29 attempts (48.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Tosa West is 22-for-49 on 3-pointers through two games.
"We have to continue to share the basketball," Stelse said. "We're not always going to shoot over 50 percent from the field, but that's two games in a row now. If the shots are falling, we have to continue to use our teammates and trust our teammates."
Tosa West was scheduled to open Woodland Conference play at South Milwaukee (2-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 6. The Trojans will play at Shorewood (1-0) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.