WIAA boys basketball: Lodi, Elk Mound seek redemption

WIAA boys basketball: Lodi, Elk Mound seek redemption

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WIAA boys basketball: Lodi, Elk Mound seek redemption

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While Roncalli and Brown Deer will be competing on one side of the WIAA Division 3 boys basketball state bracket Friday, a matchup between a pair of 25-1 teams will also occur.

At 10:45 a.m. Elk Mound and Lodi will meet for the right to face the Jets or Falcons for the state title on Saturday.

Lodi is considered by many to be the favorite to win the D3 title according to WisSports.net, especially after having lost the championship game last season 53-48 to Aquinas.

“We’ve got a strong group of seniors,” said Lodi head coach Mitch Hauser in a statewide conference call on Sunday. “We’re hoping to win a state title after missing out last year.”

The Blue Devils are led by 6-4 senior guard Jordan Shea, who leads Lodi in scoring at just over 21 points per game. With Shea commanding the perimeter, the 6-6 senior forward John Hatch controls the paint, averaging 12.1 ppg.

Hauser said lately teams have been playing a 2-3 defensive zone against the Blue Devils to take the ball out of Hatch’s hands and force more shots from deep.

Lodi wasn’t tested in the postseason until the sectional finals, winning their previous three games by at least 12 points. The Blue Devils eked out a narrow 42-41 victory over Marshall (22-3).

Elk Mound also has redemption on its mind, according to coach Chris Hahn.

The Mounders, who moved up from Division 4 to D3 this season, fell 67-52 to Colfax in the regional finals a season ago.

“We’ve been there but haven’t done that yet,” Hahn said in the conference call. “We haven’t been to State in 20 years so we’re hoping to finish the deal this time around.”

Hahn is confident in his offense which is balanced similarly to Roncalli. Elk Mound has two players who average 14 ppg in 6-7 senior center Dexter Curry and 6-5 senior guard Zac Doll.

A cause for concern for the Mounders is they’ve shot a less-than-stellar 54 percent from the free-throw line. Hahn tempered the stat by saying his team has been involved in several blowouts, causing his poorer shooters to make plenty of trips to the line.

“I’m confident, we’ve got some shooters,” said Hahn. “I like our chances if we have a small lead late in the game.”

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