Nicolet’s Jalen Johnson showed why he has offers from Duke, Kentucky, and just about every other top Division I university, leading the Knights to a 67-54 victory over the Milwaukee Washington Purgolders to clinch the Division 2 state championship Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.
The Knights’ 6-foot-8 junior scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high 20 rebounds in his season finale. He was outdone offensively by his teammate, fellow DI prospect Jamari Sibley, who scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
The game marked the end of the road for Purgolders senior Deontay Long, who led his team with 24 points and 11 assists.
Chippewa Falls graduate Jeff Boos’ Sun Prairie Cardinals fell short in their quest for the Division 1 state title, losing 69-52 to the Brookfield Central Lancers.
Senior Brock Voigt led the Cardinals with 17 and junior Delaware Hale came off the bench to add 11 of his own. But Boos’ squad couldn’t stop the Lancers who shot 63 percent from the field.
Brothers Cole and Ben Nau scored 19 and 17 respectively for the Lancers, and sophomore David Joplin recorded a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Martin Luther Spartans took a two point lead one minute into the game and never trailed, en route to a 58-49 victory over Waupun to claim the school’s first Division 3 basketball championship.
Seniors Ace Evans and Trequan Carrington combined for 39 of the team’s 58 points. Evans went 8 for 11 from the field for 20 points while Carrington scored 20 with six rebounds.
Reece Homan broke out in his final game, scoring 16 points with nine rebounds to lead the Warriors.
New Glarus capped off its best season in school history with a 67-62 victory over Lourdes Academy to clinch the Division 4 WIAA state title and finish a 26-2 season.
The Glarner Knights entered the state tournament as a four seed, but upset the reigning Division 4 champion Roncalli Jets to advance to the final.
In his final high school basketball game, Jaden Kreklow scored a game-high 22 points with four assists. He was helped out by sophomore Mason Martinson and senior Zach Feller who scored 17 points and 12 points respectively.
Lourdes Academy senior Hayden Jones led the way for the Knights with a double-double, scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Preston Ruedinger scored a team-high 17 points.
After knocking off the McDonell Macks in the first round of the state playoffs, the top-seeded Sheboygan Area Lutheran Crusaders cruised to a Division 5 title with a 77-69 victory over Columbus Catholic.
The Crusaders jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first half and never looked back. Six-foot-seven junior Jacob Ognacevic showed why he’s one of the state’s top basketball players, scoring 35 points with 19 rebounds, and senior Delvin Barnstable capped off his career with 17 points.
The Dons’ Ethan Meece scored a team-high 22 points, but left the game early with five fouls.