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WIAA state boys basketball: Diamond Stone, Whitefish Bay Dominican overpower Mineral Point for Division 4 title
WIAA STATE BOYS BASKETBALLWHITEFISH BAY DOMINICAN 75, MINERAL POINT 49

WIAA state boys basketball: Diamond Stone, Whitefish Bay Dominican overpower Mineral Point for Division 4 title

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It was a classic individual mismatch with time running out in the first half, but Mineral Point senior guard Turner Poad gave it his best shot.

The 5-foot-10 Poad’s deflection of an outlet pass intended for 6-10 Whitefish Bay Dominican center Diamond Stone provided one of the few bright spots for the Pointers on Saturday during a 75-49 loss to the Knights in the WIAA Division 4 boys basketball championship game.

“I knew he had a very big size advantage on me and I knew that they were going to try to post me up and try to chuck it down the court,” Poad said. “But when they chucked it, I kind of backed into him and just went up and got the ball and knocked it down.”

The play provided a mental boost for the previously unbeaten Pointers heading into halftime, but they found little solace the rest of the way.

Stone scored a game-high 23 points in victory that secured a fourth straight championship for Dominican (25-3), which joined Randolph (2002-2005) as the only schools to win four consecutive titles.

“In the first quarter, they told me ‘Diamond, if you post up, we’ll be able to get you the ball. It’s your job to score.’ I just went out there and did it,” said Stone, who also finished with 15 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. “But in the second half, that’s when my guys stepped up. Austin (Moutry) stepped up, Tywon (Bressler) stepped up and Garrison (Goode) stepped up. So I didn’t have to do as much as I did in the first half.”

Mineral Point (27-1) never led, trailing by double digits for the game’s final 14½ minutes.

“We tried to take some things away, and then some other kids knocked down some shots on the perimeter and we had to live with giving them some things,” Pointers coach Dan Burreson said.

“But I cannot say enough good things about our guys and how well they played together all year and how well they competed this afternoon.”

While Poad’s athletic play sent Mineral Point into halftime with some momentum, Dominican used a second-half opening 9-0 surge capped by Garrison Goode’s dunk off of a fast break to take a 44-28 lead.

Poad then answered with a long 3, Sy Staver converted a fast break layup and Alec Schmitz hit the second of two free throws to pull the Pointers within 44-34, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the game.

“They’re a really good team. I bet you if they went to Division 1, they’d make a strong run for that title, too,” said Staver, who led Mineral Point with 14 points, three assists and three steals.

As things currently stand though, the Knights’ fourth straight title proved what Dominican coach Derek Berger believed all along.

“When I got the job three years ago, that was the expectation — a state championship,” the third-year coach said. “I graduated from Dominican with two state championships in ’97 and ’98 so that has always been the expectation.

“Going into this, you know what you’re expected to do. If you’re fortunate enough, you can get it done. Luckily for us, the last three years, we’ve been successful.”

WHITEFISH BAY DOMINICAN

Min fg-a ft-a rb pf a to pts

Goode 26 5-6 1-4 5 1 1 2 11

Stone 30 11-17 1-2 15 2 2 1 23

Moutry 28 3-5 2-2 2 1 2 4 11

Bressler Jr. 25 4-8 1-1 4 4 9 3 9

Bennett 23 5-8 0-0 4 3 2 2 13

Boothe Jr. 1 0-4 0-0 0 1 0 0 0

Morris 4 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2

Moroder 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Brown 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Fuller 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Antetokounmpo 15 1-4 2-2 3 2 0 0 4

Ferrici 2 1-2 0-0 4 0 0 0 2

Jelacic 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Jones 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 160 31-55 7-11 39 14 16 12 75

MINERAL POINT

Min fg-a ft-a rb pf a to pts

Oellerich 27 2-8 3-4 6 2 2 2 8

Staver 31 4-9 3-4 4 2 3 2 14

Gorgen 27 3-8 0-0 1 0 1 1 7

Poad 30 4-11 0-0 1 3 2 2 10

Schmitz 29 3-11 1-2 4 2 3 0 8

Wendhausen 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0 0

Kittleson 7 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 1 2

Pfaff 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Paradis 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Blume 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Toay 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0

Eisenzimmer 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Ryman 1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

MacGilra 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Bidlingmaier 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals 160 17-51 7-10 20 9 11 9 49

Team totals include rebounds and turnovers

W.B. Dominican 21 14 16 24 — 75

Mineral Point 16 12 8 13 — 49

3-pointers — WBD 6-19 (Moutry 3-4, Bennett 3-6, Stone 0-1, Bressler Jr. 0-2, Antetokounmpo 0-2, Boothe Jr. 0-4), MP 8-25 (Staver 3-6, Poad 2-7, Schmitz 1-3, Oellerich 1-3, Gorgen 1-4, Paradis 0-1, Ryman 0-1). Steals — WBD 7 (Moutry 2, Bressler 2, Bennett 2, Fuller 1), MP 8 (Staver 3, Poad 2, Schmitz 1, Kittleson 1, Oellerich 1). Blocks — WBD 5 (Antetokounmpo 3, Stone 2,), MP 0. Field goal percentage — WBD .564, MP .333. Free throw percentage — WBD .636, MP .700.

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