There was no letdown for the Wauwatosa West boys basketball team as it began Woodland Conference play against inferior opponents, as the Trojans jumped out to quick starts and cruised to easy wins over South Milwaukee and Shorewood to stay unbeaten on the season at 4-0.
Tosa West (4-0 overall, 2-0 Woodland) rolled to an 80-35 road win over the Rockets on Dec. 6 before coming away with an 86-52 win at Shorewood on Dec. 9.
"That was a message before both games — we wanted to come out and take care of business right away," Tosa West coach Chad Stelse said. "With both opponents, we felt like we could run on them and jump off to early leads."
The Trojans began the game on a 13-2 run to grab a 37-17 halftime lead before outscoring the Rockets, 43-18, in the second half.
Alou Dillon led Tosa West with 16 points, while Seveon James scored 14 points. Noah Katula finished with 11 points; John Frank had 8 points and seven rebounds; Paris Howell had 7 points; LaRon Perine added 6 points; and Javaree Jackson had 6 points and eight rebounds.
Tosa West limited South Milwaukee (2-2, 0-2) to 29 percent shooting (14-for-48) and forced 20 turnovers. The Trojans outrebounded the Rockets, 40-26.
With others having stepped up at point guard, the Trojans have been able to move James off the ball. He has thrived in this role, averaging 13 points through four games.
"Seveon James has really blossomed in his off-guard position," Stelse said. "He is an excellent shooter and has really excelled in his new role and position as an off-guard."
Tosa West got off to another strong start against the Greyhounds (1-2, 0-2), building a 42-16 halftime advantage.
"It took us a while to get going against Shorewood," Stelse said. "We were walking the ball up court a few early possessions, so we called a timeout and reminded them how we wanted to play. They responded well, and we really picked up the intensity, which extended our lead in the later portions of the first half."
The Trojans continued to receive contributions from multiple players, as they had 11 of their 13 players score, including four in double figures.
Dillon led the way with 22 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 4-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc.
James scored 17 points with five rebounds and four assists; Tyrone Powell had 12 points and seven rebounds; and Howell added 10 points and five rebounds. Frank had eight rebounds and six assists.
"We need to continue to get contributions from multiple guys," Stelse said. "There will be a lot of attention from our opponents on Alou, which will open up opportunities for other guys to step up, and in the early parts of this season they have done exactly that. We have confidence in multiple guys to make plays for us, and I look forward to seeing their progress throughout the season."
Tosa West was scheduled to host New Berlin Eisenhower (2-2, 1-1) in its first Woodland West game on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Trojans will host Pius XI (4-1, 1-1) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.