A Diamond came up golden again at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament.
Diamond Stone finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in leading Dominican to its third straight state title as the Knights dispatched Blair-Taylor, 74-50, in the Division 4 state championship game at the Kohl Center on Saturday.
Jack Jelacic and Tywon Bressler Jr. each added 14 points for Dominican, which claimed its fifth state title overall — all since 2004.
Dalton Soto and Brett Ladsten scored 14 points apiece for Blair-Taylor (23-4), which was making its first title game appearance in eight trips to the state tournament.
The Wildcats never led in the game but stayed within striking distance through the first half, trailing just 36-28 at intermission.
Dominican (25-3) seized control in the third quarter, holding Blair-Taylor without a field goal for nearly four minutes which going on a 15-6 run capped by a Stone dunk with 3:27 left in the period. The Knights led by at least 19 points the rest of the game.
Division 5 — Thorp 49, Green Bay NEW Lutheran 42
The Cardinals claimed the first state basketball title in school history, rallying from a seven-point halftime deficit to knock off the Blazers.
Thorp (19-9) shot 68 percent from the field in the second half — after going just 4-of-18 from the floor in the first two quarters — and outscored NEW Lutheran 36-22 over the final 16 minutes.
The Blazers’ Nathan Toenjes tied the game at 29 with a putback 15 seconds into the fourth quarter, but when Albi Maksuti hit a jumper on the next possession, it gave the Cardinals the lead for good. NEW Lutheran got as close as two points three different times in the fourth quarter, but Thorp stayed in front the rest of the way and went 6-of-6 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to seal the win.
Isaac LaGasse finished with 20 points to lead Thorp, while Maksuti chipped in 10 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Dakota Zinser paced the Blazers (27-2) with 14 points, with Toenjes finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Division 3 — Brown Deer 59, Lodi 37
The Falcons used a huge rebounding advantage and a strong second half to pull away from the Blue Devils and capture the first state title in school history.
Brown Deer was making just its third state tournament appearance and first since 2002.
Lewrenzo Byers paced the Falcons (23-5) with 18 points, while Jerry Luckett had 12 points and 11 rebounds as Brown Deer out-rebounded Lodi 50-26, including a 21-7 edge on the offensive glass. Devante Jackson led the Falcons with 14 caroms, to go along with nine points.
Jordan Shea finished with 16 points and John Hatch added 13 to lead Lodi (25-2).
After trailing 21-19 at halftime, Lodi took its first lead of the game at 25-24 on a Hatch jumper three minutes into the third quarter. The Blue Devils then held a 27-26 lead but went scoreless over the final 4:15 of the period as the Falcons closed the period with a 14-0 run and controlled the game from there.
Division 2 — Wisconsin Lutheran 61, Rice Lake 46
The Vikings outscored the Warriors in each of the first three quarters and went on to claim the second state title in school history.
Wisconsin Lutheran also won a title in 2009, while losing in the state championship game last season.
Anthony Carver scored 18 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced Wisconsin Lutheran offense that saw six players score at least six points in the game, while nine players reached the scoring column overall.
Henry Ellenson finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Rice Lake (23-3).
The Vikings (26-2) steadily pulled away in the game, leading by four points after the first quarter before taking a 28-18 halftime lead. Wisconsin Lutheran stretched its lead to 48-30 entering the fourth quarter and led by as many as 22 points in the final period.
Division 1 — Germantown 48, Neenah 42
Lamonte’ Bearden and Brian Bearden scored 13 points apiece off the bench and the Warhawks withstood a gutsy effort by the Rockets to claim their third straight state title.
Germantown (27-2) took the lead for good in the second quarter, using a 1606 run over the final six minutes of the period to take a 26-19 halftime lead.
Neenah tied the game at 32 late in the third quarter but never moved in front of Germantown, which took a four-point lead into the final period and led by as many as eight early on in the fourth.
Trevor Entwisle’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds left got the Rockets within three, but the Warhawks got a free throw from Lamonte’ Bearden and two from Jake Showalter to seal the win.
Entwisle led the Rockets (27-2) with 14 points, while Matt Heldt chipped in 11 points and nine rebounds.