Jordan Perez achieved a major accomplishment last week when he went past the 1,000-point mark in scoring for his career.
Now Perez is hoping to lift his Greendale boys basketball team to the heights, as well.
Perez tallied a game-high 17 points in a 71-51 triumph over Greenfield on Dec. 30, which took him past 1,000.
'It is a great accomplishment and each and every one of those points was well-earned and needed,' Greendale head coach Ryan Johnsen said.
Johnsen added that Perez is a versatile player and scoring threat in several different ways.
'He can score down low and off dribble penetration, and he has improved his outside shooting this year,' the coach said. 'He is also a gym rat, and he comes in here for shooting sessions at 6 a.m.'
The best news for Johnsen, though, is that other members of the team came through against Greenfield. Josh Michaels collected 15 points and 10 assists to record his first career double-double, while David Pulizos added 16 points.
'With Jordan, we are a good team, but we really can play at a high level when others contribute like that,' Johnsen said.
The Panthers also played some defense against the Hustlin' Hawks. They were up just 33-31 at the half but outscored Greenfield 15-2 in the third period to take control at 48-33.
Greendale then downed Madison Edgewood, 63-45, on Saturday in Wisconsin Dells. Perez scored 19 points, Michaels 15 and Nate Thomson seven points.
Once again, the Panthers had an outstanding defensive third period. They led 33-25 at the half and outscored Edgewood 14-6 in the third for a 47-31 advantage.
Greendale improved to 8-3 on the season and welcomes Pewaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a Woodland Conference game. The Panthers are 6-2 in the conference.
They then host Bay View in a nonconference game on Jan. 17.