Brookfield Central's boys basketball team has been shutting down high-scoring offenses of opponents all season long.
West Allis Hale became the latest victim of the defense of the Lancers, as Brookfield Central held the Huskies 33 points under their season-scoring average in an 80-39 victory on Jan. 6.
The Lancers, ranked No. 4 in the Division 1 coaches poll, moved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Greater Metro Conference with the win.
"The boys played very well, especially defensively," Brookfield Central coach Dan Wandrey said. "Hale came into the game averaging over 70 points a game, so holding them to 39 is obviously an accomplishment. Cole Nau did an outstanding job on (Hale leading scorer) Ryan Haertel, and Sam Rohde continued his strong overall play, containing their second-leading scorer, holding him to two points, which is 10 points below his average."
Brookfield Central built a 37-15 advantage at halftime and outscored the Huskies, 43-24, in the second half.
Sophomore guard Gage Malensek led the Lancers with 25 points and six assists, connecting on four 3-pointers. Nau added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists; junior guard Andres Peralta-Werns scored 12 points with four rebounds; and senior forward Chris Post had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, six of which were offensive boards.
"Chris Post played a great game, continuing his string of good basketball," Wandrey said. "The willingness of our boys to play unselfishly and make the extra pass continues to be a mainstay in our success."
The Lancers held Haertel, who entered averaging 24 points per game, to a season-low 11 points. Hale, which entered averaging 72 points per game, made just 17 field goals and attempted just five free throws.
Menomonee Falls fell in overtime to Wauwatosa East on Jan. 6, leaving Brookfield Central as the lone unbeaten team in Greater Metro contests. The Lancers entered the week with a one-game lead on the Indians, which are 3-1 in league play. Tosa East sits at 2-1, 1½ games back of Brookfield Central.
Brookfield Central was scheduled to play at Sussex Hamilton (5-5, 1-2 Greater Metro) on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The Lancers will travel across town to face rival Brookfield East (4-5, 2-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13.