Playing one of their best games of the season Jan. 22, the Wauwatosa West boys basketball team beat the Hustlin' Hawks, 76-45, at Greenfield in Woodland Conference action.
Going into this week, the win improved their record to 3-5 in the Woodland West, good enough for fifth place. They have a 7-6 overall record. West played Shorewood at home Jan. 26, and they host South Milwaukee on Friday, Jan. 29, and travel to Greendale on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
West took a 15-point lead, led 40-25 after the first half and didn't let up in the second half (36-20) with a 16-point spread.
'It was the best we shot all season,' coach Chad Stelse said. 'We did a good job of spacing the floor, finding the open man and taking great shots.'
Leading the way — as he has all season — was senior forward Alou Dillon, who scored 33 points, including five 3-pointers. He hit 14 of 17 shots and was 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. That's four missed shots all night.
He was also 5-of-6 from 3-point range and grabbed a team-leading nine rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
'Alou really shot the ball well,' Stelse said. 'When he is hitting his 3s like that, it opens up lanes for him to drive to the hoop. It also opens up more scoring opportunities for his teammates because even more attention is thrown his way.'
Junior guard Se'Veon James had 12 points, which included three 3s, six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard LaRon Perine tossed in three 3-pointers for 9 points. Tyrone Powell, a 6-foot-7-inch junior forward, also scored 9 points and had six rebounds. Javaree Jackson, a 6-5 center, led the team in rebounds again with seven.
'I was proud of our effort all night,' Stelse said. 'I was a little concerned heading into the game that our guys' focus would be for Saturday night's game versus crosstown rival Tosa East, but to our guys' credit, they did not overlook Greenfield. They came out with focus and energy from the opening tip, which led to the victory.'