Farley 'feels great' as Falls boys beat North for first win
Indians to host Germantown on Saturday
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 54-47 road decision to Plymouth in its opener on Nov. 26. "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."
The Indians took on Catholic Memorial on Tuesday and then host two-time state champion and border rival Germantown at 8 p.m. Saturday on the backside of the annual girls-boys hoops doubleheader held between the Indians and the Warhawks (see Our Take for more detail).
Tenacity turns game
Farley used 13 players in earning the victory over North and was most pleased with the Indians' tenacity as they rallied from a 17-9 first quarter deficit. Falls won the opening tip in the first stanza 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 scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half.
"I think it was just a matter of waking up," Farley said. "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 layups. The Indians hit 12-of-16 shots in the second quarter.
"We preach transition offense and energy," Farley said. "Once we got running, we found a lot of good looks (at the basket) and gained some serious momentum."
Guard leads by example
Falls pushed 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 Indians 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 finished with 15 points as did 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," Farley said. "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 added 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," Farley said. "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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