Optimism runs high for Greendale boys basketball team
Panthers return three all-conference players
The outlook for the 2013-14 Greendale boys basketball team is strong, as three players who earned all-Woodland Conference West Division honors last season are back.
That group is led by 6-foot-4 inch senior guard Jordan Perez, who averaged 20.6 points last season and made the all-division first team. Perez also netted a team-high 32 3-point field goals and scored 35 points in a game last year.
Also returning are 6-2 junior guard Josh Michaels, who was second behind Perez last season with 10.1 points per contest and 29 3-pointers, and 6-6 sophomore forward David Pulizos, who scored 6.7 points per outing. Both earned honorable mention all-division.
"Jordan had a fantastic season a year ago and is looking to build on that for us," head coach Ryan Johnsen said. "Josh and David both finished last year strongly and had excellent summers. I firmly believe that they will establish themselves as two of the better players in the area and state for their classes."
Another returning starter is 6-4 senior forward Mitchell Brees, who averaged 4.5 points a season ago and just completed a spectacular campaign in football.
"If we can have multiple players clicking, we can be solid on both ends of the floor," Johnsen said. "I am really looking forward to the growth and continued maturity from our returning players as well as the newcomers who look to contribute."
Johnsen said the Panthers' strengths will be athleticism and scoring ability, but they will need to work on defense and rebounding.
Greendale is off to a 2-0 start with victories over South Milwaukee, 71-55, on Nov. 26 and Heritage Christian, 71-28, on Nov. 21.
Against South Milwaukee, Perez tallied 22 points, Michaels 20 and Pulizos 18. The Panthers built a 40-31 halftime advantage and held on from there.
In the victory over HC, Perez scored 24 points on eight 3-pointers, while Michaels added 15 points and Pulizos 11 points. Greendale jumped ahead 30-4 after one quarter.
The Panthers visit Brown Deer at 7:30 p.m. Friday and welcome Cudahy at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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