Hawks, Pirates escape exam week trap

Magnificent pair carry Grafton; Four Port players score in double figures

GRAFTON’S BOYS’ BASKETBALL team includes (front row, from left) Jaiye Famakinwa, Jaeden Tiegs, D.J. James, (second row) Micah Lueck, Carson Hildebrand, Tommy Lutz, Jack Marti, Tyler Tagliapietra, Bennett Hildebrand, Tatum Wiedenhaft, (back row) assistant coach Derrick Wielepski, Matthew Zabel, Juan Guererro Hernandez Jr., Michael McNabb Jr., Clayton Wiziarde and coach Damon James. Photo courtesy of Visual Image Photography

By MITCH MAERSCH

Ozaukee Press staff

Grafton High School boys’ basketball coach Damon James wants all the Black Hawks to share the workload, but when the entire garage isn’t running, he can lean on two high-powered luxury sports cars.

That was the case in a 62-56 win at West Bend West last Friday.

Sophomore guard Juan Guererro Hernadez Jr. had 27 points on 9-for-10 shooting, including going 2-for-4 on three-pointers, and four rebounds. Junior guard Michael McNabb Jr. had 25 points on 11-for-14 shooting and went 5-for-6 on free throws, and had 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Both are entertaining Division 1 college offers.

“We’re pretty fortunate and blessed for that. We want to that to continue for the next couple of years,” James said of having two stars.

Only three other Hawks scored. Carson Hildebrand had five points, Tommy Lutz had four and Jack Marti had one.

“We obviously are looking to get more contributions from a lot of other guys, and they know I believe in them and what they can do,” James said.

It was exam week, which James said is historically a difficult time for the team.

“We were fortunate to get out of there with a victory,” he said.

Senior Bennett Hildebrand is nursing an ankle injury from two weeks ago. James hopes to get him back soon.

The Hawks led, 32-28, at halftime, and outscored the Spartans, 30-28 in the second half.

Carson Bauer had 19 points for West. Jack Waala had 16 points and seven rebounds, Cameron McAndrews had 11 points, and Kade Rossebo had eight.

Grafton went to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference and West slipped to 0-10.

The Hawks, 9-5 overall, played at Port Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at Cedarburg (7-3 NSC) on Friday, Jan. 27, at Westosha Central (12-2 overall) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and at Whitefish Bay (5-5 NSC) on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Port survives comeback attempt

Port Washington jumped out to a fast start and held on at West Bend East, 79-77, last Thursday.

Pirate senior guard Kenyon Davis had 29 points on 10-for-16 shooting. He went 4-for-6 on three-pointers and 5-for-7 on free throws.

Matt Esselman had 20 points, going 3-for-8 on three-pointers and 5-for-6 on free throws.

Josh Arnold had 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting, and Ryan Burmesch had 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

“It was a very exciting game, a very fun game,” coach Brian Hebein said.

“Exam week’s a tough one. Kids are kind of distracted. I was really happy with their performance.”

Port started fast, hitting three-pointers early, then using a three-fourths court press to force turnovers and create some easy buckets.

The Pirates were up, 39-29, at halftime.

The Suns made a run to cut the lead to two, but Port kept answering.

“Kenyon made big shots. Matt got to the rim and made big shots,” Hebein said.

“Ryan did a tremendous job on Calvin Buss on the block. He was pretty much on his own down there.”

Guard Ben Fritsch had to handle one of the best three-point shooters in the state, Severin Hilt.

“Ben did a really good job on Severin. He gets run through a lot of screens,” Hebein said, adding Fritsch drew a charge.

Guard Kyle Uselding also stepped up, taking a charge that took points off the board for the Suns.

Down the stretch, Davis iced the game at the line, Hebein said. Port held a five-point lead with 2.4 seconds to go. East’s Xavier DuBois banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer.

DuBois had 33 points and eight rebounds. Hilt had 19 points, going 4-for-7 on three-pointers. Buss had 11 points.

Port moved to 3-7 in the NSC. East went to 5-5.

Port hosted Grafton on Tuesday, Jan. 24, hosts Slinger (1-9 NSC) on Friday, Jan. 27, and Cedarburg (7-3) on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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