Greenfield - Opponents of the Whitnall boys basketball team the rest of this season will face a challenging quandary - whom to guard?
The Falcons have several players able of putting up big numbers in any game, and that balance is one of the main reasons they came into this week on a six-game winning streak, including a 59-31 triumph over South Milwaukee on Friday night.
'The three guards, Brent Sluka, Danny Weymier and Sam Mentkowski, were not asked to score that much last season,' first-year head coach Steve Kujawa said, 'but they are capable of scoring. They now have their opportunities.'
Add to that mix Austin Hurst and Mitch Brault, two other dangerous offensive players, and Whitnall presents a formidable task for any defense.
In the victory over South Milwaukee, Weymier tallied 19 points, Sluka 12, Brault nine, Nathan Schaefer eight and Hurst six.
Hurst had led Whitnall in some previous games, notably when he put in 23 points to help beat Pius XI before the holiday break.
'We have five guys who can score in double digits, with some able to put up 17, 20, 21 points,' Kujawa said. 'That makes us tough to defend; it's pick your poison.'
Kujawa also praised his reserves, saying, 'Our bench players all understand their roles and play them well. They also deserve a lot of credit.'
Whitnall led only 11-8 after one quarter against South Milwaukee but outscored the Rockets 21-2 in the second period to take control at 32-10.
'We handled a hostile environment,' the coach said. 'South Milwaukee had a big crowd there. We just took it to them.'
The victory improved the Falcons to 7-2 in the Woodland Conference East Division, just one game behind Brown Deer (8-1). Brown Deer owns a 73-62 victory over Whitnall, and the teams will meet again on Jan. 29 at Whitnall.
Kujawa's team was 8-3 overall coming into this week, not having lost since a 56-54 decision at the hands of Greenfield on Nov. 30.
The Falcons visit New Berlin Eisenhower at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11. The Lions, led by the scoring of Reed Timmer, are among the top teams in the West Division.