After finishing off a long week of semester exams, the Germantown boys basketball team maintained its hard-won momentum and ran its winning streak to four games with an 86-65 victory over Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 20.
'We're very proud of the kids," said coach Steve Martin. "They worked hard to get some wins before exams and then they finish off this long week with a good win."
The Warhawks will have an interesting week. They will visit a rising Nicolet team at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and then will take part in the Luke Homan Memorial Showcase at Brookfield Central when they play host Central at 4:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.
Central will be honoring long-time Lancers' coach Mark Adams at approximately 3:45 p.m. After his long career with Central, he came over to help then-Warhawks coach Steve Showalter as an assistant. When Showalter took the Lindenwood University assistant coach's job 18 months ago, Adams decided to stay on as Germantown's interim coach last season, leading them to North Shore Conference and WIAA regional title.
Martin, who worked with Adams in both capacities, is very pleased that Central is honoring him.
"I'm so proud to have worked with him the last few years," said Martin. "I was honored to have had him as a mentor and we (in Germantown) were blessed to have had him put his stamp on the program."
Martin was also pleased to have heard that Adams, who was supposed to be completely retired, is still working with the Lancers' third-grade youth program.
"I'm glad he's still in a gym working in the game he loves," said Martin. "The game is fortunate to still have him around."
Germantown will enter the weekend with a 3-4 North Shore Conference record and a 6-7 overall mark.
Adams' influence may have had an effect on the Warhawks' recent turnaround, because improved rebounding and defense are helping out immensely.
Germantown went up, 46-42, at the half against Lutheran, but not until enduring a difficult first few minutes.
"(The Red Knights) had something like eight offensive rebounds in the first three-four minutes," said Martin. "They did a great job crashing the boards. We had to do a better job. We got a timeout, we started controlling the boards and we played better defense."
It all paid off, as the Warhawks held Lutheran to just 23 second half points.
Germantown was helped out by a huge second half from forward Bryce Thomas, who scored 18 of his 24 points in the second session. "He had a heck of a game," said Martin.
Thomas got help from center Ethan Meyer with 16 points, while forward Kyle Clow had 17 and guard Randy Johnson had eight.
Junior Jaylen Carter had a great game, said Martin, as he filled in for an ill Zach Behrendt and scored 11 points.
"We started him (Carter) at the point and he played a great game," said Martin. "He stepped up big."
Martin wants the team to keep its momentum.
"We keep telling the kids to keep believing in the things that we've been doing for a long time, things that have made us successful," he said. "We do that and put in the work, we should be OK."