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The traditional high-pressure defense is starting to come around for the Brown Deer boys basketball team.

But it's still a matter of what form it will take in the long run for coach Kelly Appleby and his staff.

"We're still working on it," he said. "We're trying to choose between playing a lot of them OK or playing a few of them great. Right now, we're doing a lot of them OK."

Those comments came after the four-time Woodland East champions routed Hartford, 84-59, on Dec. 1 in their second nonconference game.

The Falcons (1-1) had a high-octane Woodland Conference opener against state-ranked New Berlin Eisenhower on Dec. 6 and will host New Berlin West on Friday, Dec. 9, before visiting area rival Shorewood on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

The Falcons beat Eisenhower in an epic triple overtime thriller last season.

"The last four games or so with Eisenhower have been really good," Appleby said. "They're always good barometers of where we're at."

Brown Deer showed it was in good position after the Hartford win, which was a solid bounceback from the opening-night loss to Riverside a few weeks ago.

The Falcons broke out to a 40-28 halftime lead and then cruised from there.

As usual, the Falcons' guards led the way, as Jalen Greenlee scored 23 and Damon Jackson 22, with Jay Grentry tossing in 13. Post player Johnny Saengphonphakdy contributed 9.

Greenlee hit six 3-pointers on the night.

"We're still tweaking our offense to fit our personnel," Appleby said. "We're also mixing up our play calls. I thought we made some good adjustments to what Hartford was doing. We were able to increase our efficiency on both offense and defense, and our guard play is just very good right now.

"I was also pleased for Johnny (Saengphonphakdy). We're trying to get him as many minutes as we can, and we're also trying to teach him how to play without fouling. He's a big kid, and with the way we like to play (uptempo), sometimes that's a little hard."

What Appleby has been really curious about so far is that with the Falcons' lack of overall height and their reliance on swift, penetrating guards, is why they have not seen a zone defense yet.

"I'm sure we'll see one soon, but I just wonder why not so far," he said.

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