Warriors whip Milwaukee North at Holiday Classic
LAKE MILLS — Jack Monis had his way on the inside, as did Cam Paske, as the two controlled the paint in an 86-60 victory over Milwaukee North at the Lake Mills Holiday Classic on Thursday afternoon at Lake Mills High School.
Monis scored a game-high 22 points, and Paske added 14 as the Warriors were able to handle the Blue Devils’ on-ball pressure on the wings and in the backcourt, which led to easy baskets at the rim.
“We knew we could get it inside, but we had to take care of the ball on the perimeter,” Lakeside Lutheran head coach Kirk DeNoyer said. “It was a good job. Our perimeter players took care of the ball. Our big guys were able to finish.”
The Warriors scored 54 points in the paint, with 11 more coming on free throws.
Lakeside Lutheran closed the opening half on a 17-4 run to take a 42-26 lead into the break, and then outscored the Blue Devils, 44-34, in a fast-paced second half.
“I think we can play at different paces obviously. I think we can control the game and make teams play at our pace,” Monis said. “We can transition, like we saw today. We got some easy ones, or we can slow it down and play an inside game. I think as the year goes on, we’re just going to get better and better.”
The Blue Devils (1-4) and their five-out offense attempt to not only create space for drives to the basket, but opportunities to isolate defenders and get open looks from the outside.
Milwaukee North hit 10 3-pointers, but did not hit the outside shot consistently enough to force the Warriors (6-1) into worrying about a comeback effort.
“We talk about that a lot, getting through screens, contesting shots, being able to keep guys in front of us, especially me and Cam playing on the perimeter,” Monis said. “If we can keep guys in front of us and making them finish through our longer frames, it’s going to be tough to make shots.”
It’s a similar style to what rival Lake Mills runs offensively, but the L-Cats are much more efficient on the offensive end of the ball, which sets up an interesting matchup during the two Capitol North Conference matchups this winter.
The size of Monis, at 6-foot-5, and Paske, at 6-foot-7, intimidates guards from even getting into the lane.
“We were trying to keep the ball out of the paint,” DeNoyer said. “They got it in the paint on us a couple times, and a few threes, but for the most part, we did a good job defensively.”
Ten different players scored for the Warriors, including Will DeNoyer (10), Carter Schneider (9), Matt Davis (8) and John O’Donnell (8) following Monis and Paske in the scoring totals.
Lashon Lee led Milwaukee North with 18 points.
The Warriors were scheduled to play Milwaukee Riverside on Friday afternoon on the second day of the Lake Mills Holiday Classic, but the game got cancelled because the visitors would not be able to make another trek out to Lake Mills.
Instead, Lakeside Lutheran will be back in action to begin Capitol North Conference play on Jan. 4 at Columbus starting at 7:30 p.m.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 86, MILWAUKEE NORTH 60
Milw. North 26 34 — 60
Lakeside 42 44 — 86
Milwaukee North (fg-ft-tp) — Cameron 3-0-8, Lee 8-1-18, Barr 4-0-11, Snipes 0-2-2, Boatman 6-1-15, Murrell 1-0-3, Fowler 1-0-3. Totals 23-4-60.
Lakeside Lutheran (fg-ft-tp) — DeNoyer 2-5-10, Hackbarth 1-1-3, Kupers 2-1-5, Davis 3-0-8, Schneider 4-0-9, O’Donnell 3-0-8, Paske 7-0-14, Monis 10-2-22, Raymond 2-1-6, Miller 0-1-1. Totals 34-11-86.
Three-point goals — MN, Cameron 2, Lee, Barr 3, Boatman 2, Murrell, Fowler; LL, DeNoyer, Davis 2, Schneider, O’Donnell 2, Raymond.
Total fouls — MN 16, LL 10.