VALDERS 63, KETTLE MORAINE LUTHERAN 61 (OT)
Top-seeded Valders (24-3) will play in the Division 3 championship game following a 63-61 overtime victory over Kettle Moraine Lutheran in the semifinals at the State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. Thursday afternoon.
Trent Hickman made a running jumper with one second remaining in double-overtime to send the Vikings to the title game Saturday. The score was tied seven times with four lead changes throughout the game with the largest lead for any team being seven points by Valders early in the second half. Zachary Zuleger hit a short jumper in the paint with 1:19 remaining in the second half to tie the game at 61-61. Both teams missed scoring opportunities down the stretch to avoid sending the game into overtime.
Kyle Tuma led all scorers with 24 points and tied for a game-high eight rebounds for the Vikings. Treyner Sundsmo poured in 21 points, and Jake Beimborn chipped in with 11 to go with four blocks on the defensive end.
Solomon Zarling led the Chargers with 22 points. Zuleger added 12 points and eight rebounds with Andrew May contributing 10 points. Zarling also led Kettle Moraine Lutheran on defense with four blocked shots and a pair of steals.
The Vikings advance to the title game for the fourth time and for the first time since 1984. Kettle Moraine (22-6) finishes its season at the State tournament for the first time in school history.
PRESCOTT 65, EAST TROY 53
Third-seeded Prescott (25-2) is back in the Division 3 title game after downing East Troy 65-53 in the semifinals at the Kohl Center Thursday afternoon.
Prescott led for all but the first two minutes of the game. The Cardinals led by as many as 10 points in the first half and led 33-27 at the half. A 10-2 run to start the second half matched the Cardinals largest lead of the game at 53-37. The Trojans narrowed their deficit to 59-53 with 2:28 remaining in the game, but Prescott scored the final six points of the game.
Peter Brookshaw led the Cardinals with 34 points, which was two shy of the Division 3 State tournament record. Parker Nielsen also scored in double figures with 15 points and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds.
AJ Vukovich tossed in a team-high 17 points to go with nine rebounds and four assists. Nick Bourdo recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 11 boards.
Prescott advances to the title game for the second time in its third State appearance. East Troy (21-6) completes its season with its fourth State Tournament appearance.