Hauser leads Point to another title

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Associated Press La Crosse Central’s Kobe King (21) shoots between Cedarburg’s Matthew Barber, left, and Clayton Van Tassel during Saturday’s Division 2 championship game.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Joey Hauser poured in 33 points and collected 21 rebounds as Stevens Point defeated Hartland Arrowhead 85-56 on Saturday to win its third consecutive WIAA Division 1 boys basketball state championship.

Hauser had 23 points and 15 rebounds in the first half as the Panthers (24-4) built a 48-20 lead, matching their own Division 1 record for points in an 18-minute half.

The 6-foot-8 junior forward, who is being recruited by a number of major college powers, was 9-for-16 from the field and 14-for-16 from the free-throw line. He also set a Division 1 tournament record with 31 total rebounds in two games.

Beau Rosenthal and Drew Blair added 13 points apiece for Stevens Point, which scored the game’s first 13 points and never looked back en route to becoming the seventh school to win three straight state titles. The Panthers’ three-peat followed three successive Division 1 crowns by Germantown, the team Stevens Point beat in the 2015 championship game.

Trevell Cunningham led Arrowhead (22-6) with 22 points.

• DIVISION 2: Kobe King scored 28 points as LaCrosse Central held off Cedarburg 55-53 to win the WIAA Division 2 boys basketball state championship on Saturday.

Bailey Kale added 15 points for LaCrosse Central (26-2), whose collective heart skipped a beat as Cedarburg’s John Diener launched a three-quarter court shot that bounced off the backboard as time expired.

Diener, a junior guard who has committed to DePaul, scored 25 points for the Bulldogs (25-3) to set a Division 2 tournament record with 71 points. His pull-up 3-pointer over King with nine seconds remaining gave Cedarburg a chance at the end.

King, a senior guard playing on the Kohl Center court where he will spend his college career at Wisconsin, also had nine rebounds. His fadeaway baseline jumper with 2:37 to go put the Red Raiders on top for good after Cedarburg had taken its only lead of the second half.

• DIVISION 3: Hunter Plamann scored 30 points and Nate DeYoung had 18 points and 18 rebounds as Appleton Xavier defeated Prescott 73-47 to win the WIAA Division 3 boys basketball state championship on Saturday.

Sam Ferris added 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Hawks (28-0), who finished the season as the only unbeaten team in the state in any division.

Plamann and DeYoung scored all but one point in a 20-3 first-half run after Prescott (24-4) took a 17-10 lead.

Owen Hamilton had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Cardinals before fouling out with 4:22 left and his team down 17.

Xavier made the 7-foot-1 center work, as the Northern Illinois recruit was 9 for 18 from the field. It was a far cry from Hamilton’s semifinal.

• DIVISION 4: Terrance Banyard scored 22 points and Sarion McGee had a double-double as Milwaukee Destiny defeated Darlington 76-55 to claim the WIAA Division 4 boys basketball championship on Saturday.

The Eagles (25-1) closed the game on a 21-2 run after the Redbirds (27-1) had narrowed a double-digit gap to just two points.

McGee had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles. Diovonte Caldwell added 14 points.

• DIVISION 5: Matthew Myers scored 20 points as Barneveld defeated Shullsburg 58-28 to win the WIAA Division 5 boys basketball state championship on Saturday.

Malcolm Reed added 12 points and Mike Zouski chipped in 11 for the Golden Eagles (26-3), who shot 57.1 percent from the floor while stifling the Miners (26-3) to the tune of 25 percent.

Barneveld held Shullsburg to two points through the game’s first nine minutes, but the Miners found their stroke to pull within 21-15 by halftime. Reed, a sophomore forward playing a week after the sudden death of his mother due to a brain aneurysm, scored eight of his points in the first half.

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