MADISON – It wasn’t the blitzkrieg that some might have expected.
But slow and steady worked just fine for the Sheboygan Lutheran boys basketball team.
Jacob Ognacevic led a balanced offensive attack that saw four Crusaders score in double figures in a 74-61 victory over Chippewa Falls McDonell on Friday in a WIAA Division 5 state semifinal at the Kohl Center.
The fourth-ranked Crusaders (26-2) will play either Marshfield Columbus in Saturday’s state championship game at 11:05 a.m.
Ognacevic scored 12 of his game-high 19 points in a second half that saw Sheboygan Lutheran methodically pull away from the Macks (18-10). The 6-foot-7 junior center also grabbed 14 rebounds as the Crusaders dominated with an inside game that saw them tally 46 points in the paint and shoot 55 percent overall.
BOX SCORE: Sheboygan Lutheran 74, Chippewa Falls McDonell 71
BOX SCORE: Marshfield Columbus 69, Bangor 66
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Delvin Barnstable finished with 16 points and five rebounds, while Graden Grabowski and Casey Verhagen added 16 and 12 points, respectively. Verhagen, a 5-11 freshman point guard, added nine assists.
Marshfield Columbus 69, Bangor 66: Junior Tom Nystrom’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Dons (26-2) to their first state final. It was his only bucket of the game.
Senior Jared Mandel finished with a team-high 22 points for Marshfield. Senior Bryce Fuehlinger added 15 points and grabbed a D5 single-game record 25 rebounds.
Published 8:55 PM EDT Mar 15, 2019