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Greendale boys cagers keep scoreboard moving

Dec. 17, 2013

The scoreboard kept clicking for the Greendale boys basketball team last week.

The Panthers netted an incredible 16 shots from 3-point range in routing Cudahy, 99-66, Dec. 10, then they again put their offense in high gear in downing Shorewood, 83-62, Friday.

The two scoring outbursts boosted them to 4-1 in the Woodland Conference West Division and 5-1 overall.

Perez leads the way

Jordan Perez led the onslaught, tallying 26 points to go with 10 rebounds and two assists against Cudahy and pouring in 34 points along with 10 boards and four assists in the Shorewood contest.

Those figures go along with his 38 points in Greendale's 1-point loss to Brown Deer a week earlier.

"Jordan is playing at a high level," head coach Ryan Johnsen said. "He is playing as a senior leader should. He sets the tone offensively and he demands attention on the offensive end, which opens things up for other people."

Indeed, Greendale had balanced and varied attacks in each game.

Nate Thomson and Josh Michaels each tallied 16 points and David Pulizos added 11 in the 99-point game against Cudahy, in which 10 players scored.

Michaels added 16 points and Mitchell Brees 8 against Shorewood as 11 players hit the scorebook.

"Michaels has tremendously stepped up from last season," Johnsen said, "and someone new seems to step up each night."

Johnsen also said Brees is playing a key role for the team.

"With his athleticism, and the way he defends people, he can guard a point guard, shooting guard or off guard better than anyone else," the coach said.

Everything came together for the Panthers against Cudahy, as they connected on 16 of 27 shots from 3-point range. Perez nailed six 3s, while Michaels had four, Thomson and Braxton Joehnk two apiece and Pulizos and Josh Ringelberg one each.

Hot shooting

"We were able to get out in transition and we shot the ball extremely well," said Johnsen, who could not confirm whether the 16 treys were a school record. "Any time you are able to make 16 3s in one game, that is something special.

"We always tell the players to play with confidence and when an opportunity presents itself, take advantage of it. That is what we did against Cudahy."

The story was similar three nights later against Shorewood, as the Panthers jumped ahead 24-9 after one quarter and 49-28 at the half.

"(Those scores) are a product of us wanting to play a fast-paced, up-tempo style this year," Johnsen said.

Greendale visits unbeaten New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Woodland showdown and then is off until Dec. 30, when it welcomes Greenfield in a makeup game.

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