Making up for one of the lower points of this season, the Greendale boys basketball team downed New Berlin Eisenhower 69-48 on Friday night.
The first time those two teams met, the Panthers came out on a short end of a 75-43 score in New Berlin back in December.
This time, Greendale broke open a tight game with a 19-6 third quarter to go up 47-31 and stayed in control the rest of the way.
'This was a tremendous team effort,' head coach Ryan Johnsen said. 'We had a great two days of practice leading up to the game. The boys were focused after they (the Lions) beat us pretty good the first time and executed the game plan perfectly. They all deserve so much credit for the great team win.'
One of the keys was controlling Eisenhower scoring machine Reed Timmer, who came in averaging about 32 points and finished with 16 points.
'Mitch Brees did an outstanding job of denying Reed the ball, and Josh Ringelberg and Jack Ringelberg did a great job on him as well,' Johnsen said. 'Those three were terrific in helping slow down Reed.'
Greendale's scoring leader, Jordan Perez, led the way with 28 points and added eight rebounds and four steals.
'He was focused all game and really played one of his best games of the season both offensively and defensively,' the coach said.
David Pulizos tallied 12 points, while Josh Michaels put in eight points with seven assists and five rebounds, going along with just one turnover in 30 minutes.
'He was flying all over defensively, helping double-team Reed and forcing the ball out of his hands,' Johnsen said. 'His presence was seen in every aspect of the game.'
Chris Carloni chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds for the Panthers, who improved to 9-4 in the Woodland Conference West Division, good for third place, and 13-5 overall.
Panthers top Franklin
Greendale also dropped area rival Franklin 84-69 on Feb. 4 behind 23 points and five rebounds by Perez, 19 points and five rebounds from Pulizos, 16 points and eight assists for Michaels and 14 points by Braxton Joehnk.
The Panthers netted eight 3-pointers, with four by Joehnk.
'It was very solid to have multiple players clicking and scoring in a variety of ways,' Johnsen said. 'That is when we are at our best.'
Greendale visits Pewaukee at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Pius XI at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Due to an earlier postponement, the Panthers play Pius again, this time at home, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20.