The long, athletic, state-ranked Whitefish Bay Dominican boys basketball team was going to be a difficult matchup for St. Joseph on paper.
And the paper didn't deceive Saturday night, as the Knights - ranked No. 9 in Division-3 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll - rolled to an 82-53 Metro Classic Conference victory at Madrigrano Gymnasium.
But there was more to it than just a lopsided final score.
The Lancers and their all-freshman starting lineup may not have matched up well enough to beat Dominican, but the game was certainly no rollover.
That caught the attention of Dominican junior wing Alex Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. "They've definitely got a bright future," Antetokounmpo said. "They're a really young team, and so are we. I see them in the next couple years being one of the top teams in the conference."
With three Metro Classic teams ranked in the top 10 in Division-3, every night will be a learning experience for St. Joseph, which dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
That's fine with first-year coach Brandon Morris, who coaches with the same intensity he played with when he was a star guard for the Lancers.
"I think we compete every night," Morris said. "I think we compete in practice, I think we compete no matter who we're playing against. That's one thing I love about every single one of our players. Every night they're coming out and competing, and they're meeting all the challenges that we're throwing at them".
"They're definitely going to learn quick. I think we have, obviously, one of the best conferences in the state. I think our players are very fortunate to be playing in this conference, because there's no games off. You have to get better every single day".