Brown Deer boys basketball coach Kelly Appleby felt that his Falcons didn't get the best shot from a dangerous Greenfield team during an 86-70 road win on Jan. 4.
So, he was a little cautious in his approach when the Falcons and Hustlin' Hawks met in a rematch Jan. 20.
That night, Brown Deer definitely gave Greenfield its best shot in an even more decisive, 91-66 victory that ran the Falcons' January winning streak to six games.
"Anytime you play a team again just two weeks apart, there's going to be a sense of familiarity," said Appleby. "We just shot so well at their place that we'd thought they'd come here with serious momentum and some thoughts of payback.
"But we started the same way we did over there. We got up, 8-0, and then just kept rolling from there. We got it up to about 20 at one point in the half and just settled in from there."
The win improved the Falcons to 6-2 in the Woodland and 9-3 overall. Whitnall, which is still playing without injured All-State guard Tyler Herro, remains in the divisional lead at 7-0.
Brown Deer took on Shorewood on Jan. 25 and then will visit Woodland West Division opponent Pius XI on Friday, Jan. 27. The two games will come at the end of the Falcons' semester-exam week and will be part of a challenging stretch of tilts for the team, which turns around to play Racine Case at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 in the Luke Homan Classic at Brookfield Central.
That will be followed by a Woodland game at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31 against Tosa West.
"Four games in six days will be pretty challenging," Appleby said. "Hopefully, we'll get all our ducks in a row because the way these games are piling up right now, they will really help determine where we stand (at the end of the season)."
Against Greenfield, Brown Deer's fast start eventually netted a 45-30 halftime lead and allowed the Falcons to coast home in a high-scoring second half.
Guard Damon Jackson had a career night with 29 points to lead the way.
"We've been trying to get him up the floor in the open court and in transition," said Appleby. "Jay (Gentry) is such an asset in the half-court game, that we've been waiting to take advantage of Damon's skills. Also with that, opponents have to respect Jalen's (Greenlee) outside shot."
"It was just a nice way to show off our style of play. Everybody played well."
Gentry added 16 points, Greenlee 15 and Johnny Saengphonphakdy and Jaylon Gentry had eight.apiece. A total of 11 players scored for the Falcons.
"We're just looking to stay in rhythm," said Appleby.