LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

Maybe the Wauwatosa East boys basketball team should play just one game a week. They did last week and came out a winner.

The Red Raiders went on the road and defeated West Allis Hale, 61-54, on Feb. 12 to sweep the series from a solid Huskies team. Earlier this season, they whipped Hale, 80-51, on Jan. 12 at home.

The win left East (8-11 overall) tied with Hale (11-8) and Menomonee Falls (13-7) for fourth in the Greater Metro Conference, all with 6-6 records.

After playing a nonconference game at Racine Park on Feb. 16, the Red Raiders will host West Allis Central (8-12, 4-8) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. Tosa East beat the Bulldogs, 62-53, on Jan. 15 in their first meeting.

The win over Hale snapped a three-game losing streak for the Red Raiders, who are 2-4 in their last six games.

Slow start

East got off to a slow against the Huskies, trailing, 29-25, at halftime. But the Red Raiders got their act together in the second half.

They outscored Hale by 11 points, holding the Huskies to 25 second-half points while scoring 36.

'Our defense was good, much stronger in second half,' East coach Tim Arndorfer said. 'But it wasn't terrible in the first half. We gave up some easy baskets, gave them second chances in the first half, which we eliminated in the second half.

'We got a few easy baskets from transition. We struggled in the first half, settling for 3s. The second half we worked our offense better. We hit some big free throws down the stretch and did a nice job shutting them down.'

Seeing Green

Senior forward Jai'vionne Green had a great night in scoring 26 points, the only Red Raider in double figures. But his floor game was even better as he grabbed 10 rebounds and had five assists and five steals.

'Offensively, he shot well,' Arndorfer said. 'Especially from well behind the arc. He had a tremendous floor game. He did those other things really nice, and we need that from him. He's our best rebounder, so any success we have in the post must continue.'

Junior guards Blake Kratzer and Dane Mikkelson were next in line with 9 and 8 points, respectively.

'The two of them really played solid floor games and took care of the basketball,' Arndorfer said. They hit some big shots. They were pulling away from us in the first half, and Dane hit a couple 3s that got us back in it.'

The East defense limited the Huskies scoring to Ryan Haertel's 15 points and Gregg Nelson's 10. Star guard Devonte Patterson was scoreless after getting hurt in the first few minutes. He tried to return but was hurting and couldn't continue.