On its opening possession of the second half, Wauwatosa West's boys basketball team executed a play to perfection to pave a path for Alou Dillon to throw down an easy dunk. It appeared as if the Trojans were going to carry their strong first half right over into the second half.
But it didn't turn out that way, as Dillon's dunk was just about the only positive after halftime.
Wisconsin Lutheran quickly erased Tosa West's 8-point lead and outscored the Trojans, 45-27, in the second half to come away with a 72-62 win in the final game of the Rick Majerus WBY Shootout on Dec. 29 at Concordia University.
"It was one of those halves," Tosa West coach Chad Stelse said. "It was really the first few possessions. We had a great play out of the break. But that was our only good possession for the first nine or 10 possessions. We had just a couple of careless turnovers.
"We gave a team that was down some confidence and momentum. They knocked down a couple of open shots, we miss a couple of defensive rebounds and all of a sudden it is a tie game. Now that 7-point deficit is gone, and they are playing with a ton of confidence. We need to come out of the break a lot better than that."
Dillon hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 7-0 run by Tosa West that put the Trojans up 35-27 at halftime.
Jon Bailey scored after grabbing an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer by OJ James on Wisconsin Lutheran's first possession of the second half, but Dillon's dunk on the other end pushed Tosa West's lead to 37-29.
But in the matter of 2 minutes, 3 seconds, the Vikings rattled off a 10-0 run to go up 39-37.
Dillon scored to put the Trojans up 44-41 with 13:05 to play, but Tosa West then scored just 3 points over the next 7 minutes, 52 seconds. Wisconsin Lutheran took advantage to go on a 16-3 run to grab a 57-47 lead with 5:26 remaining.
"We stopped moving the basketball," Stelse said. "In our five wins, we've really moved the ball. That's a common theme most seasons, most games, most practices. When you share the basketball you are going to be successful. When we went into droughts, we tried to do it ourselves instead of trusting our teammates like we've done the majority of the season."
After Tosa West was able to keep Wisconsin Lutheran off the offensive glass in the first half, the Trojans surrendered 11 offensive rebounds in the second half. The Vikings outrebounded the Trojans, 44-33.
"It was disappointing because we haven't had trouble rebounding all season," Stelse said. "Obviously, they are a bigger team but not a team that should have beat us on the boards. Absolutely not. We need to put more effort into it. It is just not on our big guys — Javaree (Jackson), Tyrone (Powell) and Alou — it is a team effort. We secure the defensive rebound, and then we go. We had a couple of guards leaking out too early. Our guards need to get in there and rebound, too."
Offensively, the 3-point shot disappeared in the second half, as Tosa West went just 1-for-14 from beyond the arc following the break after hitting six of 13 attempts in the first half.
Dillon led Tosa West with 20 points and seven rebounds. Javaree Jackson added 12 points and six rebounds, and Marquiss Childs had 10 points.
The Trojans will play at New Berlin West at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, before hosting crosstown rival Tosa East at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.