Olewinski's shot in double overtime lifts PHS over West
It was a shot that was worth the wait.
After Pewaukee stalled nearly all of the 1:55 remaining in double overtime Tuesday, with Patrick Bacon calmly holding the ball just inside midcourt, Mike Olewinski eluded defender Cody Tomsak long enough to drain the biggest shot of the night.
The senior's off-balance jumper from just inside the 3-point line broke a 53-all tie with 1.2 seconds left and gave the Pirates traction in the Woodland Conference as winners in the battle of unbeatens. Pewaukee (6-0 overall, 5-0 in Woodland) hit eight 3-pointers in the second half and rallied from a 9-point fourth quarter deficit to hand the Vikings (4-2, 4-1) their first conference loss of the year.
"We ran our kick play, where Bacon kicks to me and I just try to make something happen," Olewinski said. "Last year, we struggled a little from the outside. It's surprising to me how well we're shooting right now. They were overplaying all of us a lot and switching, and trying to get our offense going was tough. They play really good defense."
That might have been truest in the second quarter, when Pewaukee missed all seven of its shots and finished without scoring. New Berlin West took a 22-14 lead into the locker room despite allowing a 12-2 run to the Pirates in the first quarter.
"In the second quarter, we had way too many 'drive and chuck up a shot,' Pewaukee coach Tim Reuter said. "At halftime we talked about if we penetrate and kick, that's the way the offense is supposed to work. Some guys got the picture and started doing a little more of that, and it worked out really well for us."
Underclassmen Dave Reese, Jordan Daul and Tony Trahan logged big minutes in the game, and when Trahan hit a circus shot early in the fourth quarter, Pewaukee was back within 34-32. But West scored the next seven points and took a 41-32 lead.
"We were giving up way too many easy baskets, too many putbacks," Olewinski said. "We still have a lot to work on."
Matt Dabney hit two of the four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to forge the comeback, and Olewinski knotted the score at 45-45 with a 3-pointer at the 1:11 mark in regulation. The Pirates fumbled a final possession, and then looked like surefire winners in the first overtime.
West turns the tables
PHS hit all of its first three shots in the first overtime to take a 51-45 lead, but West answered with consecutive 3-pointers to tie the score and force a second session. Tomsak knotted the score with 13 seconds to play.
"They showed a lot of character when they came back," Reuter said. "I wasn't happy at halftime, and they plugged away, and plugged away. Then we got the 6-point lead, thinking we've got the game won, and (West) showed a lot of character hitting a couple big threes."
Chad Mathwig, who overcame an ankle injury in the first quarter to score 21 points for West, hit the first basket of the second overtime. Tyler Hanson drove for a game-tying basket, and after the Pirates regained possession, Reuter elected to employ the stall.
West, whose two best players in Mathwig and point guard Dustin Elias were holding four fouls each, permitted Pewaukee's patience.
"We figured they were going to hold up, and that's what they did," Reuter said.
Bacon drove and kicked quickly to Olewinski, who got a step on a stumbling Tomsak to release the shot. West was able to inbound from the baseline with 1.2 seconds on the clock, but the Vikings did not get an attempt at the basket.
After refashioning the roster following the graduation of last year's five starters, the Pirates have become one of the more surprising stories in the area.
"We've got a lot of work to do," Reuter said. "It's a nice win for us, but we've got to improve."
By the numbers
0 Points scored by Pewaukee in the second quarter. New Berlin West had 10.
10 Number of Pirates 3-pointers; 8 came in the second half
1 Number of made free throws for Pewaukee on six attempts
1:55 Time on the clock in the second overtime, when Pewaukee stalled for the final shot
Pewaukee 55, New Berlin West 53 (2OT)
West top scorer: Chad Mathwig 21
New Berlin West's Chad Mathwig, the conference's third-leading scorer last year, went down with an apparent ankle injury with 51 seconds left in the first quarter. He returned early in the second but was hobbled most of the night.
Junior Dave Reese handled the ball regularly when some of Pewaukee's seniors struggled in the first half and subsequently saw more bench time than usual, and he was key in the team's disruptive perimeter defense. "I'm surprised the guy's not tired, because he's constantly moving out there, getting deflections," Reuter said.
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