It took a few minutes for the Wauwatosa West boys basketball team to find its stride against Cudahy on Jan. 27, but the Trojans eventually got rolling and didn't look back.
Tosa West snapped a three-game conference losing streak with a 74-40 rout of the Packers, improving to 9-6 overall and 5-4 in the Woodland West.
"I think we wore them down with our aggressive play," Tosa West coach Chad Stelse said. "The guys that came in off our bench really turned up the intensity and gave them a different look. Our defensive effort picked up, as well, as the game went on."
Trailing early in the first half, 11-8, the Trojans rattled off a 23-0 run which helped them take a 43-16 halftime lead.
Senior forward Alou Dillon led Tosa West with 22 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Senior forward Tyrone Powell finished with 12 points, senior guard Seveon James scored 11 points, and sophomore guard Marquiss Childs added 8 points. Senior guard John Frank had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, and senior forward Javaree Jackson pulled down nine rebounds.
Tosa West shot 46.2 percent (30 for 65) from the field, hitting 8 of 28 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range. The Trojans forced 18 turnovers and committed just seven themselves.
"Once you get up that much by half, that's pretty demoralizing for your opponents," Stelse said. "I was pleased with the effort of our rotation guys, which led to more minutes for guys that don't get a chance to play as much in other games. It was great to be able to get those guys more minutes."
At 5-4, the Trojans entered the week in fourth place in the Woodland West, a half game back of New Berlin Eisenhower at 6-4 and two games behind second-place Pius XI at 7-2. Pewaukee leads the division at 9-1.
Tosa West was slated to play at Brown Deer (10-5, 7-3 Woodland East) on Jan. 31. The Trojans will host Whitnall (11-3, 9-0 Woodland East) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.
"We played together, and guys were having fun again (against Cudahy)," Stelse said. "Our opponents get much tougher in the upcoming games. I'm hopeful our guys continue to play together, show great attitude and effort regardless of the outcome in the upcoming games."