Indians boys surge to third straight win with 67-49 victory over WAC
Guards Ramey and McCloud come up big
Menomonee Falls - It's one thing to gain momentum, another thing to keep it.
Fresh off their first two wins of the year in holiday tournament play, the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team took it another step further Friday by claiming its first Greater Metro Conference victory with a 67-49 decision over West Allis Central.
"Three in a row, that's a good thing," Indians coach Dan Leffel said. "Just like losing is contagious, so is winning. We're now going on the floor and playing in much more confident manner. Teams runs against us aren't so long and we're reacting better when teams push us."
Falls is now 1-4 in GMC play and 3-8 overall. The Indians take on Catholic Memorial on Tuesday and then host West Allis Hale in another GMC tilt on Friday.
The game was a bit of a yo-yo in the first half, as the Indians roared out to a 13-point lead only to have the defending league champion Bulldogs close it down to four by the end of the first 16 minutes.
But then in the third quarter, the Indians ratcheted up the defensive pressure and forced the Bulldogs into some poor shots.
"And we were able to get some run-outs and get inside pretty easily," Leffel said. "They (the Bulldogs) didn't have a lot of energy, which we found interesting. We made a long run and before you know it we had the lead at 24.
"We packed it in with a 3-2 zone and made them shoot outside, which they didn't do very well," Leffel said. "We were also able to get a lead and then we showed a knockout punch, which was good to see. We also hit our free throws late."
The Indians guards came up huge again as senior Brandon Ramey had 24 points to lead all scorers while freshman Juwan McCloud had 17. Senior center Devon Nauer had his third straight double-digit rebound day with 10 caroms while forward Anthony Russo, pushed into a rare starting role came up big with 10 points.
Leffel is understandably encouraged.
"If this is what we'll do when we apply ourselves, then we can still do some special things," he said.
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