Whitefish Bay boys basketball coach Kevin Lazovik was no doubt greatly disappointed that the Blue Dukes North Shore game with first-place Germantown slated for this past Tuesday was postponed until Tuesday by the blizzard.
Because that was probably the only way anyone was going to cool off the red-hot Blue Dukes, who won their eighth game in a row on Friday by smashing area rival Nicolet 70-41.
"That's a team playing with a lot of confidence," said Knight coach Paul Hepp, whose team had beaten the Blue Dukes by four points in December. "I've always been a believer in success begets success. They've got an eight-game winning streak going and they're getting great leadership from their seniors."
Lazovik won't argue with that assessment.
"This was probably the best game of the streak," he said. "We played a good caliber team, took excellent care of the ball and played great team defense.
"We just want to keep on building from this. We're being patient, we're getting great shots and now we've put ourselves in a very good position."
The Blue Dukes (6-2 in North Shore play and 9-5 overall), entered that Germantown (8-0, 15-1) game with a chance to pull within one game of the league lead. The Warhawks were the last ones to beat Bay back on Dec. 14.
And don't think the Blue Dukes haven't caught the attention of a very aware Germantown coach Steve Showalter.
"Bay is making a statement," he said. "They're just rolling people."
But Lazovik doesn't want the team to get ahead of itself.
The Blue Dukes will host Port Washington (4-4, 6-8), which threw a heck of a scare into Germantown itself on Friday. Then Bay will then host nonconference rival and returning state semifinalist Marquette at 7:30 p.m. in a tilt on Saturday before heading over to Grafton (0-7, 4-10) on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
"We know we have an opportunity to do something special with that (Germantown) game," said Lazovik, "but we'll have to be ready, because the odds of that happening again (the Warhawks playing another poor game) are not good. We just have to continue to play with confidence."
That was no problem against Nicolet (5-3, 10-6). Bay took a 17-9 lead at the quarter and never looked back. It was 34-22 at the half, and then Bay steamrolled the Knights with a 25-11 effort in the third quarter.
"It's the time of year when your best players have to step up," said Hepp. "Theirs obviously did while ours didn't. We got outhustled in the 16th game of the season. That can't happen."
But it did. Bay was led by Jamie Schneck with 16 points while Cal Ehrke and Ron Patten had 14 apiece and Keelin Johnson nine. Lazovik thought that Ehrke had an excellent floor game.
"It's nice to have the old quarterback in there helping out (with press relief)," said Lazovik, referring to Ehrke's fall job with the football team.
"We're just continuing to grow," said Lazovik. "We take care of the ball and play great defense, we can play with anybody."
HARTFORD DETAILS: The Blue Dukes had 12 people score, took 42-14 lead at the half and then never looked back against the visiting Orioles in a 72-40 decision. Patten led the way with 21, while Ehrke contributed 10 and Connor Weas had eight. Patten hit five three-pointers on the night.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Homestead football team can go far behind its O-line, leaders
- Homestead's Juedes, like his dad, was a leader in all ways
- Homestead baseball team bats and spirit carried it to state this year
- Homestead's 1994 state title was never easy
- Summer tourney a success for third straight year
- Homestead's amazing run ends with state finals loss to BC
- Fast start, Garstecki finish propels Homestead to title game
- Brookfield Central turns back Homestead for state title, 9-2
- Fast start leads Homestead baseball team into state finals with 7-5 win
- Likable Homestead baseball team stuns Bay for state berth