Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball leads team to state titleWisconsin Sports
-- In one of the best individual performances in WIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament history, Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball for 2012, Sheboygan Lutheran's Sam Dekker, scored his team's last 12 points in leading the Crusaders to their first-ever state championship with a 67-66 win over Racine Lutheran.
MADISON - In one of the best individual performances in WIAA Boys Basketball State Tournament history, Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball for 2012, Sheboygan Lutheran's Sam Dekker, scored his team's last 12 points in leading the Crusaders to their first-ever state championship with a 67-66 win over Racine Lutheran on Championship Saturday at the Kohl Center.
The three-point shot the UW-Madison recruit Dekker hit with six seconds to go gave him 40 points for the game and his Sheboygan Lutheran team a 67-66 win in the WIAA Division 5 Championship game. Dekker showed why he was named Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball. Racine Lutheran missed a desperation shot at the buzzer, finishing with a 26-3 record. Sheboygan Lutheran finishes 25-4.
Germantown completed its undefeated season with a narrow 72-69 victory over Milwaukee Rufus King in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game Saturday. Senior guard and UW-Madison bound Zak Showalter led all scorers with 22 points as Germantown won its first state title, finishing with a 28-0 record. Junior 6-10 center and Indiana University signee Luke Fisher added 19 points. A bucket by Arroyo Edwards cut the lead to one, 70-69, with nine second to go, but the Warhawks held on Edwards led King with 18 points. King was looking for its third state title in the last 10 years.
Thanks to the hot shooting of Matt Thomas, the WIAA Division 2 State Championship game was all but over at halftime. Thomas, one of the top juniors in the state, scored 21 of his game-leading 30 points in the first two quarters as his Onalaska team rolled past Kaukauna 55-38. It was the third state title for the Hilltoppers. At one point, Thomas had outscoring Kaukauna all by himself, 21-16. He also led everyone with 11 rebounds. Onalaska finishes its championship season with a 27-1 record. The Kaukauna Galloping Grey Ghosts finished 25-3.
Brillon won its last 19 games of the season, including a 40-35 victory over Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau in the WIAA Division 3 Championship game. Senior guard Trevor Krizenesky scored eight of his team-leading 10 points in the fourth quarter, most of them after G-E-T had closed to within a bucket. Both teams finished with 26-2 records. G-E-T's only other loss came to Onalaska.
Cuba City’s first loss of the season came in Saturday’s WIAA Division 4 State Championship game. Whitefish Bay Dominican used hot shooting from three-point range to break down the Cubans’ 1-3-1 zone defense in a 61-43 victory. Junior guard Duane Wilson scored 24 points and Jamall Taylor added 18, to go with seven rebounds. The state's top freshman player, 6-9 center Diamond Stone, finished with nine points and eight rebounds for the Knights. The Cubs were led in scoring by 6-9 senior center Trent Denlinger, who will be attending the University of Wisconsin to play football, scored 12 points. Dominican finishes with a 27-1 record, the same as Cuba City, but with a state championship trophy to go with it.