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In just four games this season, the Greenfield boys basketball team matched the victory total for all of last season.

The Hustlin' Hawks routed South Milwaukee, 70-48, on Dec. 13 to improve to 3-1 on the year, tying the three victories posted by the 2015-16 squad.

Greenfield has also scored at least 70 points in every game after struggling to put points on the board for much of last season and never hitting the 70-point mark.

"We are using an up-tempo style," first-year head coach Kyle Johnsen said, "and we have tremendous athletes. From one to 15 on the roster, everyone is a good athlete. Our practices are always really competitive. This is also a testament to the kids; they get each other going."

Scoring balanced

Another key to the fast start is balance. In the four games, there have been three different leading scorers: Donnie Reasby, Manny McDonald, Eric Malone and Reasby again with 17 points against South Milwaukee.

Rayvon Bartlett Jr. tallied 14 points, Jared Davis 10 points and McDonald and Malone each 9 points against the Rockets, so the Hawks just missed having five double-digit scorers.

That reflects their season statistics, with the Hawks having five players averaging double digits: Reasby at 17 points per game, McDonald at 15, Davis at 13.6, Bartlett at 13 and Malone at 12 per outing.

"They trust in each other on the court," Johnsen said. "They find each other. Rayvon leads the team in minutes played, but he doesn't care about getting points. No one cares about who gets the points."

They are all contributing in other ways. Reasby collected six steals against South Milwaukee, and Malone pulled down 11 rebounds. In another game, Bartlett posted a double-double in points and rebounds.

Reasby or Bartlett are both key additions to this season's team. In 2015-16, Bartlett was still at Wauwatosa West, and Reasby did not go out for basketball.

The Hawks actually got off to a slow start against the Rockets last week, trailing 28-23 at the half, but turned it on in the second half, outscoring South Milwaukee, 47-20, to win easily.

Tied for second

Greenfield moved into a tie with Brown Deer for second place in the Woodland Conference East Division at 2-1, trailing Whitnall at 3-0. The Hawks and Brown Deer were supposed to play on Dec. 16, but the game was postponed by the snowstorm.

They took on Shorewood on Dec. 20 and will meet Bay View at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at home in a nonconference contest. The Hawks then meet Waukesha South at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at home to close out 2016.

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