This season, the Muskego boys basketball team will hit the accelerator.
The Warriors, who are blessed with talent and athleticism but not much overall height, will adopt a quicker pace on both offense and defense.
"We will play at a faster tempo than in previous years," head coach Andy Capes said. "We are athletic but much smaller. We will use some run-and-gun and a full-court press.
"So far, the kids are having fun with it. It's a different style than they are used to."
The offense worked in the opening game, a 75-59 victory over Waterford on Nov. 19 as 6-foot 1-inch junior guard/forward Brandon Glandt tallied 20 points, 6-1 junior guard Cal Schultz and 6-0 junior guard Mike Vidmar each 12 points and 6-3 senior forward Turner Kehoe 10 points.
Muskego used a 24-17 advantage in the second period to build a 39-27 lead, then added 36 second-half points to stay ahead of the Wolverines.
In the next outing, poor shooting derailed the Warriors in a 69-51 loss to Homestead on Friday night.
Vidmar, Kehoe and Glandt each scored 12 points and Schultz nine for the Warriors, who held a 26-25 halftime edge but were outscored 26-11 in the third quarter and could not recover.
In both games, Muskego had balanced scoring, placing four in double figures against Waterford and just missing that against Homestead.
"This is a different look for us," said Capes, whose team had just two players average double digits last season. "This (balance) should make us harder to defend."
Muskego has plenty of experience, with seven lettermen in Kehoe, Vidmar, 6-4 senior forward Mitchell Pope, 6-0 senior guard Jack Mlachnik, 5-11 senior guard Caleb Berlyn, 6-0 senior guard Trevor Bednarek and 6-4 senior center Sveto Radjenovich.
Kehoe was last season's leading scorer with 16.9 points per contest and netted 17 3-point goals, while Mlachnik paced the 2012-13 team with 18 3-point goals.
Pope and Bednarek were key members of the Warriors' WIAA Division 1 state championship soccer team this fall, so they bring some winning momentum.
Muskego met Franklin earlier this week and will open Classic 8 Conference action on Dec. 6 at Waukesha South.
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