John Diener broke a state tournament record with 46 points and Jordan Johnson scored nine of his 17 points in overtime to help Cedarburg beat Milwaukee Washington 73-70 in double OT in a WIAA Division 2 boys basketball state semifinal Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Diener broke the all-divisions record of 45 set in 2003 by Appleton West’s Brian Butch, who went on to play for the Badgers. Butch’s effort came in a Division 1 quaterfinal win over Milwaukee Custer. He then scored 29 in a semifinal win over Eau Claire Memorial.
Diener, a junior who is commited to Division I DePaul, had four 3-pointers and 26 points in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 40-30 lead at the break.
Johnson hit a 3 with 31 seconds left in the second OT to give Cedarburg the lead and then iced the game with a pair of free throws.
Tyree Ellis hit a shot for Washington to send the game to overtime and Jordan Dinsmore hit another at the end of the first extra period to extend the game again.
Ellis finished with 23 points and nine rebounds and Jalen Stephen-Holmes had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Purgolders.
La Crosse Central 78, Waunakee 56: Future Badger Kobe King had a game-high 28 points and added six rebounds and five assists for the Red Raiders, who will play Cedarburg today for their first state title since 1925.
King had 21 points in the second half for Central, which had five scorers in double figures.
Bailey Kale had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Johnny Davis had 14 points and nine rebounds, and Jordan Davis and Isaiah Dahman each chipped in with 10.
Mitch Listau led three Warriors in double figures with 16.
Central lost to eventual state champ Kaukauna in last year’s semifinals.
Stevens Point 48, Madison Memorial 41: The Panthers will play for their third straight state title and sixth overall today.
Drew Blair, the son of former UW-Eau Claire standout Mike Blair, led the way with 17 points, including three 3-pointers. Joey Hauser, a junior with scholarship offers from Marquette, Wisconsin and Michigan State, had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Chris Knight had 16 points for the Spartans.
Memorial got within four with 1:23 left, but Blair and Beau Rosenthal combined to hit six straight free throws to put the game away.
Arrowhead 63, Brookfield Central 62 (OT): Tommy Durand’s layup with eight seconds left sent the Warhawks to the championship game against Stevens Point.
Senior Trevell Cunningham just missed a triple double for Arrowhead with 17 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and three blocks. Ben Seefeld added 16 points.
Gage Malensek led the Lancers with a game-high 18 points.
Barneveld 72, Marshfield Columbus 52: Matthew Myers had a game-high 17 points for the Golden Eagles, who will play Shullsburg today for their first state championship.
Tyler Fuerlinger had 16 points for the Dons, who won the Eastern Cloverbelt. Nick Malovrh and Hunter Schultz both had 13.
Barneveld won the battle of the boards 44-22 and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds.