His coaching opponent, Sheboygan North legend Tom Desotell, has many hundreds of wins to his credit in his long and successful career.
Menomonee Falls' Ben Farley just earned win number one Friday, as his deep and energetic Indians used a 27-6 second quarter outburst to take control and claim a 73-62 victory in their home opener over Desotell's Raiders.
"It feels great," said Farley, whose team lost a road decision to Plymouth in its opener on Tuesday. "I'm so happy for the seniors on this team. I'm happy for all 15 guys on the team who are working their butts off. A lot of guys are getting a lot of minutes sacrificing for the betterment for the team."
Farley, who used 13 players in earning the victory, was most pleased as the Indians rallied from a 17-9 first quarter deficit. Falls won the opening tip and went 49 seconds without taking a shot before eventually turning the ball over.
The Indians would hit only three of 18 shots in that first stanza, but that would change.
Using a relentless "go to the basket" mentality, Falls scored 11 of the first 15 points in the second quarter and then took the lead for good with a 14-0 run to close out the half. The Indians would go into the break with a 36-23 lead.
Senior forward Jerry Murphy would score 11 of his 15 points in the first half.
"I think it was just a matter of waking up," said Farley. "That's going to be the trait of a young team. We have a lot of guys who haven't played a lot and the more they play, the more comfortable they will get."
Falls broke the Raiders' press and went through their man defense time and again for lay-ups. The Indians would hit 12 of 16 shots in the second quarter.
"We preach transtion offense and energy," said Farley. "Once we got running, we found a lot of good looks (at the basket) and gained some serious momentum."
Falls would push the lead to 54-34 late in the third quarter, but North tried to chip away. The Raiders cut it to 64-55 with 3:40 left, but then Indian junior co-captain guard Dontrell Handy stepped up to the plate.
He knocked down seven of eight free throws down the stretch and also forced a key turnover after a North timeout. He would finish with 15 points as would Murphy.
His last two charity tosses came moments after the Raiders' Matt Gerber hit a three-pointer with 1:02 left to make it 70-62, the closest it got in the second half. A North turnover and a blocked shot by Dan Dahlke would seal the deal for the Indians.
"Dontrell is one of our most vocal leaders," said Farley. "He can be vocal but he also leads by example too. That turnover he forced came at a very key time for us."
Sophomore guard Bryce McMurtry would add 12 for Falls which had 10 people score. North was led by guard Eli Belmore with 24.
"The first couple of weeks are about forming an identity," said Farley. "We're looking to be a tough team, diving on the floor, doing things together and with energy.
"...One of our strengths this year is going to be our depth. Everyone here can offer something."
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