The Brookfield East boys basketball team defeated Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts, 75-66, on Tuesday night at home in a WIAA Regional quarterfinal game, the Spartans first post-season win since they defeated Waterford, 53-51, on March 3, 2009.

The win improved the Spartans record to 4-19 and snapped a 5-game losing streak. Pulaski/Arts finished the year with a 4-17 record. Coach Matt Malett’s crew now heads to second-seeded Racine Park (20-2) on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

The 15th-seeded Spartans jumped off to a 38-26 first half lead on Tuesday against 18th-seeded Pulaski/Arts, as the Spartans worked on their inside game, as sophomore center Patrick Cartier, who was the game’s high scorer with 20 points, helped them to a 32-17 lead at one point.

“Patrick Cartier was especially aggressive tonight,” Malett said. “We moved the ball well overall and we manufactured good shots. Our fast break gave us plenty of opportunities, but we had about 10 turnovers in the first half. We got that big lead, but didn’t keep our foot on the gas. We got sloppy with ball.”

One of the reasons the Spartans ball handling struggled, was the loss of junior point guard Sam Gauger, who took an elbow in the face in the first half and had to leave the game.

“Sam is our main ballhandler and Jake Graf took over,” Malett said. “They pressured us and sped us up. We took some bad shots, took a couple quick shots. We didn’t go inside and played outside to much and lost our identity. But I credit Pulaski, they wouldn’t go away.

“They switched a lot on defense, but it didn’t matter, we found the open spots,” Malett said. “Patrick is a big target, we got him the basket and he drove to the hoop. He is hard to stop.”

Alex Plavsic had 16 points, Dominic Carter added 14 points and Graf added 11. Plavsic had 8 second-half points, Patrick Cartier had 7, Lance Dismukes and Nick Tennessen each scored all 6 of their points in the second half.

“We can build on this win,” Malett said. “We know we can win (playoff game) now.”