Indians boys avenge early season loss to Chargers with a 68-57 win
Coaches raise more than $2,300 for cancer research
Menomonee Falls - Finding its moxie and a little bit of heart in the process, the Menomonee Falls boys basketball team bounced back from a rare recent loss to Homestead on Feb. 7, to raise funds for cancer research, entertain an overflow crowd of home folks and avenge an early season loss to archrival Sussex Hamilton with a 68-57 win on Friday.
"We got lucky that they didn't shoot as well as they did the first time they played us (back in December)," Indians coach Dan Leffel said, "and though we still had some holes in our transition defense, our overall defensive effort was much better. It was a step forward."
With the win, the Indians improved to 7-5 in Greater Metro play and 10-8 overall. They took on Bay View in a nonconference game on Tuesday and host red-hot, league-leader West Allis Central (10-2, 14-4) on Friday. The Bulldogs have been on fire since the Indians beat them on Jan. 13. Falls later had to forfeit that game for use of an ineligible player.
According to Leffel, Falls has received an email from the WIAA that will allow them to count that Central win in the WIAA sectional seeding meeting, though it will still count as a forfeit against them in the league standings (see separate article for details).
Second quarter separation
Against the Chargers on Friday, Falls got off to a slow start, trailing Hamilton (5-7, 10-10), 20-18 at the quarter but then they took control with a 22-12 outburst in the second period.
"We just started getting the ball up the floor in transition," Leffel said. "They tried a 1-2-2 zone against us, but we got a lot of good looks. Brandon Ramey and C.J. (Malone) both hit a couple of big 3-pointers. We got them to extend their defense then and that allowed us to get inside a little more."
That allowed Falls to extend the lead to 40-32 at the half. It was 52-43 at the end of three quarters.
"We got the lead up to 17 points, and they (the Chargers) never got it below nine," Leffel said. "Thank goodness there was no drama here tonight."
Falls one-two punch was at it again, as J.P. Tokoto had 27 points and Malone 21.
"I'd like to see a little more sharing," Leffel said. "We need to share the ball a little more like we were a few weeks ago. The guys have a lot of confidence in J.P. and C.J., but if we want to compete with the better teams, the others have to be more aggressive (with the ball)."
For details on the Homestead game, see MenomoneeFallsNOW.com
Coaches vs. Cancer
A GOOD CAUSE SERVED: Between Leffel and Chargers coach Andy Cerroni, there were over 300 commemorative T-shirts sold, raising more than $1,800, while buckets were passed in the stands at halftime, bringing in another $500-plus for cancer research.
"It was an unbelievable sea of white (T-shirts)," Dan Leffel said. "It was a very classy effort by Andy (Cerroni) and his team to take part and embrace this cause."
A similar bucket pass at the Homestead game on Feb. 7 in Mequon, netted $654.50 for the cause.
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