The Wauwatosa East boys basketball team has lost three in a row and four of their last five games and need to turn the season around quickly if they want to avoid a one-and-done postseason.
After losing to Sussex Hamilton, 70-61, back on Jan. 29, the Red Raiders (7-11) lost at Marquette, 75-55, on Feb. 2 and at Menomonee Falls, 69-65, on Feb. 5.
Tosa East is now tied for fifth in the Greater Metro Conference with a 5-6 record, the same as the Indians.
In Friday's loss at Falls, Tosa East got off to a good start by taking a 6-point lead in a first half that was dominated by defense, 29-23.
But then in the second half, the Indians got hot and held a 10-point advantage, 46-36, to hold on for the 69-65 victory.
Senior guard Najee Stewart scored 24 points to lead all scorers, while Falls' Bryce McMurtry finished with 22 points.
Senior guard Jai'vionee Green and junior guard Dane Mikkelson had 13 points each, while junior guard Blake Kratzer scored 7 points and senior Ty Ederesinghe added 6 points.
The Indians other top scorers were Jerin Frey with 13, Cross Wilson with 10 points, Darrell Johnson-Handy with 9 and Justin Gruber with 7.
Neither team made it to the free-throw line much, as Tosa East was 3-for-6 (.500) and Falls went 10-for-14 (.714).
From beyond the 3-point line, the Indians had nine (McMurtry 5, Wilson 2, Gruber 1, Frey 1), and the Red Raiders had eight (Mikkelson 3, Stewart 2, Green 2, Kratzer 1).
Tosa East will travel to West Allis Hale (11-7, 6-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, to face the Huskies. In their first meeting on Jan. 12 at home, they crushed Hale, 80-51, but the Huskies have won three of their last four games.
The Red Raiders will also play a nonconference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Racine Park (15-1).