He is only a sophomore, but at 6-foot-6-inch Darrell Bowie could be the key to Wauwatosa East's season the rest of the way.
Bowie, who is averaging 10.8 points per game, stepped up big time last weekend. He scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds against first-place Menomonee Falls in a 72-64 loss, but he put on quite a show along with the Indians' JP Tokoto.
Then on Saturday night, he played a key role down the stretch from the free throw line and had a monster game, scoring 33 points and grabbing 22 rebounds in a thrilling 76-72 win over an improved Tosa West team.
And one of the reasons the Trojans are so improved is the play of freshman Anthony Carroll, who had 17, 24 and 24 points in two Woodland Conference wins and the loss to Tosa East. AC is averaging 15.4 PPG so far this year.
The Trojans are in a little better shape than the Raiders in conference play (7-3) and have a big game against Whitnall (7-3) at home on Friday in a battle for second behind New Berlin Eisenhower (10-0).
The Brookfield Central boys (3-3) have their hands full at Menomonee Falls, while Brookfield East (1-5) needs a win badly and face winless West Allis Hale at home. The Lady Lancers should handle the Indians at home and the Lady Spartans are hoping to get a big league win at winless Hale game.
Tosa East boys (3-3) travel to Hamilton (4-2), as the battle for second-place should start clearing up in the next few weeks, as Marquette (5-1) currently holds the runner-up spot. I already mentioned the Trojans playing the Falcons for second Friday night. The Trojan girls (7-3) play at Whitnall (4-6) Thursday night and I will be at hand for that game. When the Falcons are healthy, they are a tough team to beat. The Red Raider girls will have their hands full with a solid Hamilton team at home.
Look for my feature on Demetrious Mensah, the 125-pound ace of Wauwatosa's co-op wrestling team next week. In Brookfield, look for my feature on former Brookfield East star Kelly Lam, who is now an assistant coach at West Allis Central.
Talk to you soon.