Burlington High School


Burlington’s JR Lukenbill leaps for the hoop during the Demon’s game against Westosha Central on Friday. Lukenbill led Burlington to the win with 23 points. Photo by John Fisher

Demons go long range in rout over Central

By Jason Arndt

staff writer

When a basketball team makes more than half of its shots, especially from beyond the perimeter, the chances of winning the contest are extremely high.

That was the case for Burlington as the Demons used 13 3-pointers, including six from Drew Lang, en route to a 81-61 defeat of visiting Westosha Central in a pivotal Friday, Dec. 16, Southern Lakes Conference contest.

Burlington, which handed Westosha Central its first loss of the season, improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.

Falcons coach James Hyllberg, whose team dropped to 4-1 and 2-1, said his squad simply couldn’t keep up with the Demons’ potent shooting attack.

“I thought Burlington played really well, they didn’t miss and we didn’t shoot really well (on Dec. 16), Hyllberg said. “Credit to Burlington. We know they are a good team.

For the Demons, who entered play ranked sixth in the Division 2 WisSports.net Boys Basketball Coaches Poll, coach Steve Berezowitz simply said his squad remained focus on the task at hand instead of the rankings.

“We are 1-0, that is all we care about,” he said. “We really don’t look back.”

Burlington, which carried a 36-25 halftime advantage, outscored the Falcons 45-32 in the second half to secure the victory.

While the Demons won by 20 points, they led by as many as 15 points in the first half, before the Falcons chipped away to come within two.

“I am proud of the way we came back, our guys had a few stops and got in transition,” said Hyllberg. “Every time we made a stop, they came back and hit a big 3.”

To read the full story see the Dec. 22 edition of the Standard Press.

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