Coach Dan Wandrey's Brookfield Central boys had a good season, finishing with a 16-8 overall record and a .667 winning percentage.
The Lancers finished in second place in the Greater Metro Conference (10-4, .714) behind champion Marquette (23-4), handing the Hilltoppers (12-2) one of their two conference losses.
After starting the season 1-4, the Lancers put together a six-game winning streak to go to 7-4 through Jan. 15. Central then lost two of three but turned it around with a four-game winning streak to improve to 12-6 through Feb. 9. After another loss, the Lancers closed out the regular season with three straight wins to finish 15-6.
In the postseason, Central beat Racine Case, 96-71, scoring a game high in points, but then dropped a 54-47 decision to MUHS in the regional final.
'As a coach, I hesitate to say I'm satisfied and content with our team because it sounds like we're not trying to be better,' Wandrey said. 'I felt we had an outstanding season. After our slow start, we made important changes, our effort and intensity improved, brought on the kids. I felt we were still getting better in the second part of February.'
Central had six players earn all-Greater Metro Conference honors, topped off by senior Andrew Bruggink, who was also the league's Player of the Year.
Bruggink, who was also honorable mention all-state, was first-team all-GMC, and freshman Gage Malensek was second team. Junior Sam Rohde and senior Henry Mirsberger earned honorable mention.
Bruggink, Mirsberger, Chris Reisner and John Schneider were GMC scholar-athletes.
Bruggink earned two team awards, the MVP Award and the Lancer Award, and shared a third, the Captains Award, with Mirsberger.
Chris Post earned the Most Improved Award, Andrew Wojcik earned the Hustle Award, John Schneider earned the Best Attitude Award and Mirsberger earned the Best Defender Award.
The Lancers will lose the following six seniors: Bruggink, Mirsberger, Reisner, Wojcik, Schneider and Philip Shady.
'I told the group of seniors at our team banquet on Sunday — especially John Schneider, Andrew Wojcik and Phil Shady, the guys who didn't play as much — they stepped up and were great role models and set a good tone,' Wandrey said.
But Wandrey will have 10 returning players with seven juniors, a sophomore and two freshman.
Three of his best players are the youngsters: freshmen Malensek and Cole Nau and sophomore Andres Peralta-Werns.
Returning juniors are Rohde, Chris Post, Dawson Carnell, Matt Flynn, Carson Gehl, Nate Verhagen and Stephen Williams.