Stepping up the pace, the Greenfield boys basketball team ran to a 79-75 triumph over Waterford in its season opener on Dec. 2.
The Hustlin' Hawks, in their first game under new head coach Kyle Johnsen, trailed 32-28 at halftime but turned up the pressure and tallied 51 second-half points to earn the victory.
"It was a tight game," Johnsen said, "and in the second half, we were able to push the ball and create opportunities for ourselves. We used some full-court pressure and created turnovers."
Point guard Donnie Reasby led the way with 25 points, including a trio of 3-point field goals, plus seven assists and four steals.
"He handled the ball well," Johnsen said of Reasby, who did not play last season as a junior, "and he shot the ball with confidence."
Jared Davis scored 15 points, all coming in the second half after early foul trouble, and pulled down six rebounds. Manny McDonald added 13 points, and Ezekiel Banks came up with four steals to lead an opportunistic defense.
"The kids looked for who was hot at a particular time," Johnsen said. "They got the ball to Jared after he hit a couple of shots. They all worked together."
Johnsen also praised the effort of reserves such as Sam Streeter and Billy Pitroski.
Greenfield met Pewaukee on Dec. 6 in the Woodland Conference opener and will take on Pius XI at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at home.
The Hawks then travel to South Milwaukee at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in their first Woodland East Division game of the season.