State Basketball Roundup: Short-handed Bucks get by SacramentoWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks were short-handed last night as they got by the Kings in Sacramento, 115-113.
SACRAMENTO, Calf. - The Milwaukee Bucks were short-handed last night as they got by the Kings in Sacramento, 115-113.
Starters Ersan Ilyasova and Larry Sanders sat out with injuries, along with back-up guard J-J Redick – and Bucks’ forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute hurt a foot during last night’s game. Milwaukee was up by 15 with less than four minutes remaining, when the Kings got to within one with 6.6 seconds left. Monta Ellis made two free throws, and then the Bucks fouled Jimmer Fredette to prevent him from making a game-tying three. Fredette made his first free throw, missed the second, got the rebound, and passed it to Tyreke Evans – who missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that could have won it for Sacramento.
Ellis led the Bucks with 29 points and nine assists. Gustavo Ayon, whom the Bucks acquired in last month’s trade with Orlando, had 12 points and seven rebounds. Ilyasova missed his second straight game with a bruised left knee bone. Sanders hyper-extended his left knee in Saturday night’s win over Golden State, and Redick was hurt when he landed on Jarrett Jack’s foot against the Warriors. DeMarco Cousins had 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, and was ejected for a Flagrant-Two foul in which he elbowed Mike Dunleavy in the head. Sacramento has lost three of its last four. Ilyasova missed his second straight game with a bruised left knee bone. Sanders hyper-extended his left knee in Saturday night’s win over Golden State, and Redick was hurt when he landed on Jarrett Jack’s foot against the Warriors. The Bucks are now within a game-and-a-half of both Boston and Atlanta for the sixth-and-seventh playoff spots in the East. The Bucks will host Dallas tomorrow night.
Marquette guard Vander Blue was named yesterday to the All-Big East Conference men’s basketball second team. And Golden Eagles’ forward Davante Gardner received an honorable mention. Blue, a junior from Madison Memorial, led Marquette with almost 14-and-a-half points a game. He doubled his scoring output from a year ago, while shooting 46-percent. Gardner was a force inside, with 11-and-a-half points and five boards per contest. The Golden Eagles earned a share of the Big East regular season, plus a double-bye in this week’s conference tournament. They won’t play until Thursday night’s quarter-finals.
UW-Parkside is heading to the NCAA Division II men’s-and-women’s basketball tournaments. The Rangers from Kenosha were given at-large berths yesterday in both national fields. The Parkside men earned their first NCAA berth in five years, and will play Michigan Tech on Saturday in Springfield, Missouri. Both teams are 20-8. The Parkside women are heading to their Big Dance for the fourth year in a row. They’ll play fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference opponent Lewis on Friday in Ashland, Ohio. The Ranger women are 20-9. Three of their losses came to Lewis, including a two-point defeat in last Saturday’s semi-finals of their conference tournament.
Germantown High School senior Luke Fischer has been named Wisconsin’s “Mister Basketball” by the state coaches association. The seven-foot forward is heading to Indiana University this fall. Fischer averaged 21 points and nine-and-a-half rebounds this season for a Germantown team that has won 57 straight games and back-to-back Division-One state high school championships. That includes Saturday night’s 57-to-28 win over Mukwonago, in which Fischer had 17 points and seven boards. Fischer also made the coaches’ Division 1 All-State first team along with Deonte Burton of Milwaukee Vincent, Austin Malone-Mitchell of Milwaukee King, Brady Ellingson of Sussex Hamilton, Adam Beyer of De Pere, Nick Fuller of Sun Prairie, Riley LaChance of Brookfield, Cooper Radtke of Oshkosh North, Ethan Guske of Sheboygan North, and Keyon Looney of Milwaukee Hamilton.