State Tournament Preview: Division 2
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MADISON — The Division 2 state tournament will tip-off on Friday, beginning with semifinal action. Who will take home the gold ball? Prep Hoops Wisconsin previews the weekend ahead at the Kohl Center… 1. PEWAUKEE (25-3, 11-1) Key Wins:…
MADISON — The Division 2 state tournament will tip-off on Friday, beginning with semifinal action. Who will take home the gold ball? Prep Hoops Wisconsin previews the weekend ahead at the Kohl Center…
1. PEWAUKEE (25-3, 11-1)
Key Wins: Wisconsin Lutheran (2), Menomonee Falls, Westosha Central, Lake Country Lutheran
Losses: Wisconsin Lutheran, Neenah, De Pere
Conference Finish: 1st in Woodland West
G(15.8 ppg, 2.5 apg)
G Kollen Osterman (2.9 ppg, .9 rpg) 6-3 Jr.
G(16.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg) 6-4 So.
G(10.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg) 6-5 Sr.
F(18.0 ppg, 7.7 rpg) 6-8 Jr.
This is a well-oiled machine. Everyone on the floor is a threat. The Pirates have played a ton of basketball together and are so in-tune with one another. Defensively, you just have to hope the likes the Janowski brothers, Terrian, Momcilovic just miss, because Pewuakee is going to move the ball exceptionally well and create something high percentage more often than not. After suffering a few surprisingl losses early in the season, the Pirates have woken up like a sleeping giant, winning their last 13 games by double digits.
4. ASHWAUBENON (24-4, 14-4)
Key Wins: Bay Port (2), De Pere, Notre Dame, Oshkosh North
Losses: Notre Dame, Manitowoc Lincoln, Sheboygan North, De Pere
Conference Finish: 3rd in Fox River Classic
G(15.2 ppg, 4.4 apg) 6-1 Sr.
G(24.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) 6-5 Sr.
F Jayden Schoen (6.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg) 6-2 So.
F Zach Kelly (4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg) 6-4 Jr.
F(1.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg) 6-6 Sr.
The Jaguars have a terrific guard duo in Imig and Tomashek. This pair of seniors can shoot the 3-ball at an extremely high level and also have great chemistry, able to create for one another. Both are shooting above 40 percent from distance this season. If they get hot, all bets are off.
2. LA CROSSE CENTRAL (27-1, 12-0)
Key Wins: Onalaska (3), DeForest, Medford
Losses: Benilde St. Margarets (MN)
Conference Finish: 1st in Mississippi Valley
G(14.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg) 6-2 Sr.
G(9.0 ppg, 3.4 apg) 6-1 Jr.
G Colin Adams (9.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg) 6-5 Sr.
G(12.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg) 6-5 Sr.
F Porter Pretasky (8.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg) 6-5 Sr.
This is a balanced lineup with a multitude of players willing and able to step up and take the big shot. The River Hawks are also a very methodical team that controls the tempo and makes its opponents defend for long periods of time. Central also plays very well in close games. Have seen them first hand against La Follette, DeForest, and Onalaska be able to tune out the noise and close out games in crunch time.
3. WESTOSHA CENTRAL (25-2, 14-0)
Key Wins: Milton (2), Kenosha St. Joseph
Losses: Pewaukee, Racine Case
Conference Finish: 1st in Southern Lakes
G(9.1 ppg, 3.2 apg)
G(11.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G(20.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
F Michael Mulhollon (5.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
F(7.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
The Falcons might be playing their best ball of the year. Since a blowout loss to Pewaukee, Central has ripped off 16-straight wins and has rolled through the playoffs thus far. They’ve got seniors in Rose, Garth, and Griffin who have a sense of urgency as they now reach the end of the line. Rose, one of the top unsigned seniors in the state, has state tournament experience as well, playing against a loaded Nicolet team as a freshman.
Pewaukee over Ashwaubenon
La Crosse Central over Westosha Central
Pewaukee over La Crosse Central