First-year Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Steve Showalter isn't pulling anyone's leg when he says he would like his entertaining bunch to be more consistent on offense, among other things.
But everyone sort of winks and nods at that assertion as the high-octane 7-1 Indians are simply running everyone off the court right now.
They entered the holidays on the most merry of notes, routing Bradley Tech,113-60, on Dec. 23 after roaring past Kenosha Tremper, 113-82, on Dec. 20.
Those efforts marked the third and fourth times in just eight games Falls has gone over the century mark in points this season. In comparison, Showalter, who led Germantown to three straight WIAA state titles from 2012-14, saw his best team, the Luke Fischer-led 28-0 juggernaut of 2012-13, reach that mark only three times all that season.
Showalter clarified what he meant about this year's Falls team.
"We have a little trouble shooting," he said, "but we actually have more trouble guarding people, which makes us realize that we have to score more points than the other team does. We know we're not going to outshoot people (from the perimeter) or outrebound them (with a lack of overall size), so we have to work it with our depth, energy and our effort, hope that other teams slow down while we're still speeding up."
Still, he can't help but think back to the 2012-13 team, which played 32-minute games as opposed to the 36-minute games that have been in use since last season.
"With that team, I shudder to think what we could have done," he said.
But right now, it is other teams that are shuddering, as the Indians continue to make their surprising mark on this young season.
They looked to improve on that mark with two more nonconference games this week. They visited Milwaukee Lutheran on Dec. 28 and will host Monona Grove on Dec. 30.
There's little reason they shouldn't if they continue on the way they have in one important vein.
"I love the effort," Showalter said. "The kids are hungry. They look at me and listen to me and have a lot of heart. They do what we ask to the best of their ability. They look me in the eye and really try to absorb everything. The attitudes have been great."
Everyone plays, as Showalter tries to use at least 10 men every game. With that kind of thinking, the Indians got an astonishing 68 points off the bench against Tech.
The big guy, 6-5 Wisconsin recruit football player and senior Matt Henningsen, still leads the way as he had 21 points and seven rebounds against Tech. He got plenty of help as junior forward Nate Schuster had 19 points, five assists and four rebounds, while junior guard Payton Malone returned after missing a couple of games due to injury to score 14 points; senior guard Jalen Dixon had 10; senior guard Cross Williams 9 points and five assists; junior forward Connor Allen 9 points; and freshman guard Trevon Williams 8 points and six assists.
Falls was 34-of-44 from the foul line in the physical game, and Henningsen was 13-of-20 all by himself.
Showalter said it was great to see Malone back in the line-up and noted Williams is having a huge impact for a freshman. He noted Schuster is a good second post player behind Henningsen.
The Indians started the enthusiastic week with the rout of Tremper. The halftime score was 60-49 Falls, but then the Indians ran the Trojans out of the building in the second half with a 53-33 effort.
Henningsen led the way with 29, while Schuster had 17 and senior guard Justin Gruber and Williams added 14 apiece.
Still, Showalter sees room for improvement.
"We hope that we'll be able to take the next step soon," he said. "The kids' basketball IQ needs to improve. What we demand out of them, they're starting to get. They know they have to improve day to day. It took a lot to do what we did (at Germantown), and these kids are understanding that they have to show up at practice every day and work hard. But the great thing about this team is that you never know who will step up big in a particular game."