Defense could make the difference for Tosa West boys

Published on: 2/10/2010

The Wauwatosa West boys basketball can score as well as anyone in the area.  With three players like seniors Sam Krenzien and Ray Sterling, Jr., and freshman Anthony Carroll, interim coach Chad Stelse has three bonifide scorers.

By bonifide scorers, I mean three guys who can score 20-or-more points in any game and no one is surprised over it. There are not a lot of teams who can do that.

The Trojans are 10-3 - in second place - in the Woodland Conference Black Division, three games behind powerful New Berlin Eisenhower (13-0) with four to play.  Winning the division is realistically out of the question.

They should beat Greenfield (5-8) and Greendale (3-10) and South Milwaukee (7-6), but their game at  Ike next Tuesday is huge if they want to measure themselves up to some of their post-season opponents, although like Tosa East and Marquette, they are in the sectional from hell with all the City Conference schools.

That's why the key for the Trojans will be their defense the rest of the way. Krenzien, Sterling and Carroll, when he puts his mind to it, are all excellent defenders, especially in the full court. Now add to that Kieviante Love, Jarvis Ashley and even Barry Ballinger inside and the Trojans have six solid defenders.

Stelse said because of their depth they are pressing four quarters now, but he admits their half-court defense needs improvement. But they are turning teams over with their full-court pressure.

These last four games will be important for the Trojans, who have won four straight and seven of eight. If they can get their defense to match their offense, the post-season might be interesting for Tosa West fans.

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