January 22, 2021 – Kewaskum, WI – The Berlin Indians faced the Kewaskum Indians in a Friday night matchup between two conference foes.
The game got off to a lightning-fast start as each team traded three-pointers for the first five baskets, before Berlin took control of the pace of the game.
Berlin exploited some defensive holes to maintain the lead all the way to halftime (25-22), but Kewaskum remained right on Berlin’s heels due to their highly effective passing in the paint to find open shots.
The second half saw much the same for Kewaskum’s passing on offense, but also saw them shore up their team defense, forcing Berlin to throw up far more contested shots and preventing Berlin from getting second chances with defensive rebounds.
Kewaskum also went on a brief run midway through the second half that ultimately proved to be the difference maker on route to a 64-52 win.
Kewaskum Head Coach Don Gruber spoke highly of his team’s second half defensive adjustments as being key to their victory.
Guber said, “We came (in the second half) with a three-quarter pressure and our boys really bought into that, we really wanted to keep the ball moving and once we started trapping that get us going emotionally.”
Gruber also praised the leadership and play of senior Michael Daniel. “We run off of him, he’s our point guard, handles the ball, plays defense, an (overall) important cog.”
Coach Gruber also hyped the team’s final game for the season, which will be senior night against Kettle Moraine Lutheran (which will take place on February 11).
Kewaskum’s top scorers were junior Lucas Baumann with 19 points and Daniel with 17 points. Berlin’s leading scorer was junior Murphy Strebelinski with 18 points.