Whitnall boys basketball coach Steve Kujawa figures his team can do nothing but get better as a result of last week's gauntlet.
The Falcons played three times, with two of those on the road, and they came away with three victories.
They downed Wauwatosa East, 72-66, on Jan. 9; Cudahy, 57-51, on Jan. 8; and Shorewood, 89-62, on Jan. 5.
'It is tough for any team, no matter who you are playing, to have games on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday,' Kujawa said. 'They were also three different types of games, but to reach your goals, you have to win in different ways.'
The sweep boosted the Falcons to 4-2 in the Woodland Conference East Division, one game behind Brown Deer (5-1), and 9-2 overall. They have won five straight since a loss to Brown Deer on Dec. 15.
Greyhounds double Herro
In the first game of last week, Whitnall had to overcome a special defensive strategy from Shorewood.
'They (the Greyhounds) double-teamed Tyler (Herro),' Kujawa said. 'That worked for the first half, but then we just kind of wore them down in the second half.'
Despite all the extra attention, Herro still finished with a game-high 28 points, and he was helped by Kevion Taylor with 19 points, Danny Alexopoulos 14 points and Andrew Mixon with 12 points.
The Falcons held a 45-32 lead at the half and then tallied 44 more points after that to coast to victory.
On Jan. 8, Cudahy successfully slowed the pace and kept things close.
'Cudahy is a solid team; there's a reason why they (the Packers) are 7-2,' Kujawa said. 'We had some trouble in that game, and we missed a lot of easy shots.'
Herro again tallied 28 points to lead all scorers, with Alexopoulos adding 8 points, Taylor 7 and Austin Brault 6 points.
The Falcons were up 28-20 at the half but could never put Cudahy away entirely. Herro connected on a layup and a 3-point field goal in the final minutes to seal the victory.
Play well against East
On Jan. 9 against Tosa East, Whitnall played what Kujawa called its most complete game of the season.
East has been up and down and has a losing record but owns victories over Marquette and Cedarburg. The Red Raiders, playing at home, made it tough on the Falcons most of the way.
Herro collected 30 points, hitting four 3-pointers and netting 10 of 12 from the free-throw line. Taylor added 17 points and Brault 10 points.
Brault and Mitchell Knapp both connected on two key free throws in the final minutes.
Brault averaged six assists for the week, penetrating into the lane to set up the other shooters, Kujawa said.
Whitnall met Classic 8 Conference leader Muskego on Jan. 12 and will challenge South Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at home.