Xavier Downs Prescott to Claim Div. 3 Championship



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Xavier Downs Prescott to Claim Div. 3 Championship

Xavier 73, Prescott 47

Xavier (28-0) completes an undefeated season with a 73-47 victory over Precott in the Division 3 final of the 2017 State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis., Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks trailed through the first few minutes of the game, but they turned the tide with an 11-0 run midway through the period. Hunter Plamann hit a three-pointer to give the Hawks a double-digit lead late in the half. 

Trailing 34-25 at halftime, the Cardinals were unable to reduce their deficit to under nine points in the second half. The Hawks went on a 12-2 run to take complete control of the game and held the Cardinals scoreless for the final 4:30 of the contest.

Plamann led all scorers with 29 points to go with seven assists for the Hawks. Nate DeYoung recorded a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Sam Ferris added 17 points and seven assists.

Owen Hamilton led the Cardinals with 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks before fouling out. Luke Murphy also scored in double figures for Prescott with 10 points to go with his team-leading seven assists.

Xavier wins its first championship after finishing runner-up the past two seasons. Prescott (24-4) finishes runner-up in its second appearance in the State Tournament.


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