Tom "Sky" Skibosh covers the Wauwatosa, Brookfield and New Berlin prep scene for Community Newspapers. If something is going on in local sports, Sky has an opinion about it. If you agree or not with what Sky says, we want to see your comments.
Hey kids what time is it? It's WIAA Boys Basketball Road To the Post-Season Time!
Boy, that was a mouthful. Here is a look at my thoughts on my six boys basketball teams and their regional matchups.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Wauwatosa East (8-14) at Shorewood (13-9).
My Red Raiders are playing better when they need to (finally), having won their last three games. They beat a good Tosa West team (13-9), 60-55; they nipped Brookfield East (5-17), 31-30, and West Allis Hale (7-15), 49-46. That's 38 percent of their wins in the last three games. They were sixth in the Greater Metro Conference (4-10). The Greyhounds, led by sophomore point Te'Jon Lucas (18.7), senior guard Kejaun Glossum (11.5) and junior guard Kenneth Odom (11.1), have excellent balance, with six players scoring almost 7.0 or more points.
Key seniors: While 6-3 wing man Sean Wheeler (10.2 ppg) has been there for most of the year, Nick Pridgeon and Caleb Taylor have stepped up down the stretch. Pridgeon is perhaps the big key to the Raiders chances of winning a game. The muscular 6-5 post can use his football skills to keep people off the boards and give the Raiders some offensive boarding help. Taylor, a 6-3 forward, has been giving the Raiders some scoring help down the stretch, including from the 3-point line.
Sleepers: (1) Good floor play and defense by excellent sophomore guard Bryce Beekman. Offense is needed from junior guard Drue Holley, who has the ability to be explosive and score in streaks.
Key to pulling an upset: If the Red Raiders can't find the basket from mid-range, the Greyhounds could blow them away. East will need to play good defense for 32 minutes, but one 8-minute lull will spell disaster. coach Tim Arndorfer has been talking about playing a FULL 32 minutes. If the Red Raiders listen, they have a chance to play another game - a chance.
Tuesday, Feb. 25 - New Berlin West (2-20) at Waukesha Catholic Memorial (6-16).
My other team going tonight is a struggling - ending the season with a 17-game losing streak. Assistant coach Brian Zimmerman has been handling the team for coach Jeff Lewiston, who is out for the season because of a personal health situation. Ayinde Startling (12.4 ppg) and Jacob Shomin (11.6) led the Crusaders, who have a 3-game losing streak.
Key seniors: Scott Reichel, a 6-5 forward, leads the Vikings with a 10.1 ppg mark and has been their most consistent player. Chamika Wijenayake, a 6-4 forward (8.0), and Brett Connors, an excellent offensive lineman (4.5 ppg), needs to be aggressive on the boards.
Sleepers: Younger brother Mindika Wijenayake (5.9 ppg), Collin Horning (4.1 ppg), Brennan Grossman (3.6) and Fred Cottrell (3.1).
Key to pulling an upset: Steady play from the seniors and two of the above sleepers must come through to have a shot.