The Falcons pulled within a game of first-place Greendale in the Woodland Conference South Division race Feb. 13 with a 79-70 overtime triumph over visiting Greenfield.
William Pelkofer, who had missed a potential winning shot at the buzzer to end regulation play, scored seven of his 22 points in the extra session, during which the Falcons outscored the Hustlin' Hawks, 16-7. Whitnall overcame a career-high 31 points by Greenfield's Kyle McDaniel.
"Our warmups were sharp, and we played with a good mentality," Whitnall coach Kent Kroupa said. "Greenfield played very well, so we knew it'd come down to situations where we had to handle pressure at the end.
"It was a good, clean, hard-fought high school basketball game."
The Falcons soared to a 9-0 lead, but Greenfield, led by 11 first-half points from Will Humbles, managed to stay within striking range. The Hawks battled all the way back to tie the contest, 63-63, on a McDaniel 3-pointer with 7 seconds to play.
Jake Lehmann's layup gave Whitnall the first points of the OT, and the Falcons maintained the lead throughout. Five different players scored during the overtime to seal the victory.
Bryan Stave scored a team-high 25 points for Whitnall, and Lehmann finished with 14.
Stave scored 20 points and Josh Pelkofer 18 in leading Whitnall to its seventh win in eight outings, a 71-50 decision over host St. Francis on Feb. 10.
Eleven players scored for the Falcons, who opened a 38-21 advantage by halftime.
Alde Selenica poured in 20 points, and Mike Hernandez and Andy Schmidt contributed 10 each for St. Francis, which fell to 2-11 in the conference and 2-14 overall.
- Mark Hutchinson,
The Panthers rang up a pair of Woodland Conference victories before their 54-43 loss at Whitnall on Feb. 14.
On Feb. 13, the Panthers' one-two punch of Alex Merg (20 points) and Todd Barrett (19) outdid St. Thomas More's duo of Michael Wasilik (22) and Aaron Loferski (10) in a 55-44 road victory.
Greendale (9-4 in the Woodland, 11-6 overall entering this week) trailed at halftime, 19-17, then blew open the game with a 23-5 third-quarter surge to take a 40-24 lead.
On Feb. 10, Greendale bolted to leads of 14-2 after one quarter and 33-9 at halftime on the way to a 59-33 victory over visiting Cudahy. Barrett and Merg scored 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Sabers put together a solid second half to extend their Feb. 13 game against visiting Racine Case into overtime and sealed the deal from there for a 67-63 Southeast Conference victory.
Franklin (3-11 in the SEC, 5-12 overall entering this week) trailed by 11 at halftime. The Sabers trimmed the gap to four after three quarters and sent the game into overtime tied at 58-58.
Brandon Griffith led Franklin with 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Josh Marino added six assists, five points and some key free throws in overtime.
Nick Romanowski chipped in with 10 points and 14 rebounds.
"This was a win that we desperately needed," Franklin coach Bob Belan said. "We are proud of the kids for stepping up and winning the game in overtime."
Mike Pritchard scored 13 points in the Sabers' 66-58 loss at Kenosha Bradford on Feb. 10.
Franklin took a 20-12 lead into the second quarter. Bradford closed the gap to five by halftime, then used a 19-10 third-quarter advantage to take a 49-45 lead.
Romanowski added 10 points for the Sabers.
The Sabers were to play at West Allis Central on Feb. 17, and will travel to Muskego for a 7:30 p.m. start Friday, Feb. 20.
Last week was an aggravating one for the Knights as two Southeast Conference games slipped out of their grasp.
South Milwaukee rallied from a six-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Knights on Feb. 13, 45-44, at South Milwaukee. A 3-point basket by the Rockets' Andrew Windler with 40 seconds to play made the difference.
Danny Rajchel led Oak Creek (4-10 in the SEC, 5-12 overall as this week began) with 11 points, but did not score in the fourth quarter. Tyler Magyar picked up the slack with seven of the Knights' 11 points.
Visiting Muskego used a 15-4 advantage during the third quarter Feb. 10 to erase a six-point halftime deficit and went on to a 48-45 victory.
Nick Stout and Robert Weis scored 17 and 10 points, respectively, for Oak Creek.
Oak Creek was to play at Sussex Hamilton on Feb. 17, and will play host to Racine Park at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.
- Jerry Karpowicz,
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