Two bad quarters hurt New Berlin West boys basketball
Vikings lose to Brown Deer, Cudahy
If you like New Berlin West boys basketball coach Jeff Lewiston, keep him away from sharp objects.
Last week the Vikings dropped a 56-38 decision to open the week against the Woodland Conference East Division leader Brown Deer (6-1 overall, 5-1) all because of one bad quarter.
Then three days later, the Vikings saw Cudahy rally from a 13-point deficit going into the final period and win, 49-47, snapping a 15-game losing streak to West that went back to 2003.
Packin' it in
West (2-5, 2-3) looked like it would win its third game of the year on Friday at Cudahy, using a 15-6 second quarter to cruise into halftime with a 27-17 lead. They scored 16 points in the third period to expand that lead to 43-30.
But then the Packers exploded in the final quarter, outscoring West, 19-4, to come away with the upset win.
Junior guard Mindika Wijenayake, who has been coming on of late, led the way with 17 points, tossing in three 3-pointers along the way. "Mr. Steady" Scott Reichel, a senior 6-foot 5-inch forward, added 11 points while senior forward Chamika Wijenayake and senior center Brett Connors tossed in six points each.
Freshman wing Fred Cottrell (four points) and senior guard Tim Rink (three) were the only other Vikings to get on the scoreboard.
Nick Audi (16), Tyler Fricke (12) and Jibreel Reyes (12) led the Packers scorers.
One bad quarter
If you score one point in a quarter against the high-flying Falcons, your chances of winning a game are slim and none.
That's what happened to the Vikings on Dec. 10 at home, when they were outscored 17-1 in the third period and dropped a 56-38 decision.
"They were pressuring us and we had two ill-advised shots and passes early, Lewiston said. "Then we panicked. They are a very talented team.
"Once we stopped swinging the ball to take time off clock, they transitioned and got up 8-10 points. We then had to press and try to get back in the game."
West was leading Brown Deer, which is first in the East Division (6-0, 5-0) at intermission, 24-23.
"We started man-to-man and then switched to a zone," Lewiston said. "We tried to prevent them from getting the ball inside to their bigs (6-9 Devante Jackson and 6-6 Jerry Luckett).
"We wanted to make sure they couldn't lob it in, so we played behind them. We would take our chance on their perimeter shooters."
Good pace early
Lewiston was happy with the early pace of the game.
"We wanted them to swing the ball back and forth and things went well," he said. "Most of their points came on transition baskets."
Throw out the third period and the Vikings were outscored by one — but you can't do that.
Chamika Wijenayake led West with nine points and and Reichel had seven. Zach Braun had 15 points and Lewrenzo Byers had 11 to lead the Falcons.
"The team is getting better, we're making progress," Lewiston said. "but we can't continue to make mistakes — turnovers, missed shots — and that will come back and bite us.
"We are shooting free throws better, but we have a thin margin of error. We can't beat ourselves."
West, which hosted Greendale on Dec. 17, travels to Pewaukee on Dec. 20. The Vikings then play West Allis Hale and Messmer on Dec. 27-28 in the New Berlin Classic.
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