A blistering outside attack, featuring 12 3-point field goals, paced the Brown Deer boys basketball team to a 94-77 victory over Whitnall in a key Woodland Conference game on Feb. 7.
“I thought we shot the ball really well,” Brown Deer coach Kelly Appleby said. “We got an up-and-down game, which is what we’re looking for. They ran up and down the floor with us, and that’s our style of play. We went towards our direction, shot it well, got out in front of them and ran the clock out.”
Senior guard Jalen Greenlee led Brown Deer with a game-high 34 points, going 8-of-13 from 3-point range.
“He was killing,” said Appleby of Greenlee. “He’s been shooting the ball really well. If he’s shooting it, and we’re running up and down the floor, I like our chances.”
When Whitnall also lost to Greenfield on Feb. 10, it slipped to 10-3 in the East Division, one-half game behind Brown Deer (11-3).
While disappointed with the result, Whitnall coach Steve Kujawa was pleased with his team’s effort, despite not leading at any point against Brown Deer.
“They just made every single shot,” Kujawa said. “A lot of those were in transition. When we would make a run, there would be an answer. I think that’s what it came down to. We can’t get down in the first half.”
Whitnall junior guard and University of Wisconsin recruit Tyler Herro returned to the court, finishing with a team-high 26 points, after missing five of the Falcons' previous seven games due to a knee injury. Although Herro played the majority of the game, Kujawa said he’s still day to day.
“I think he was doing everything he can like he normally does,” said Kujawa about Herro. “Coming off of an injury, he’s trying to carry us.”
Brown Deer opened the game on a 12-2 scoring run in the first three minutes of the half. The Falcons stretched their lead to as many as 12 points, finishing the first 18 minutes of play ahead, 39-30, over Whitnall.
Greenlee propelled the Falcons in the opening half, tallying 18 points while going 4-of-4 on three-point shots.
The second half was a similar story for Brown Deer. The Falcons came out energized, running up and down the court and taking advantage of mediocre defense to score 55 points in the half.
In the second half, Brown Deer went on a 17-2 scoring run over three-plus minutes, taking a 64-39 lead over Whitnall with 12:25 remaining. Whitnall fought until the final buzzer but had no answer for Brown Deer’s explosive offensive attack.
Brown Deer had four players record double digits in scoring. Greenlee led the way with 34 points, and Johnny Saengphonphakdy posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jaylon Gentry chipped in with 16 points.
For Whitnall, Kevion Taylor scored 12 points, and Joey Tilley added 10 points.