Dakota Zinser had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Green Bay NEW Lutheran broke open the game with a big third quarter to return to the WIAA Division 5 state title game with a 77-63 victory over Sheboygan Lutheran on Thursday.
The Blazers will be looking for their first state title after runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2013.
Sheboygan Lutheran held a 30-29 lead at halftime, but Green Bay NEW Lutheran went on a 19-7 run in the third quarter to take an 11-point advantage into the fourth quarter. Sheboygan Lutheran got as close as seven points with just more than two minutes left, but the Blazers sealed the win.
Nathan Toenjes added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers (27-1), who got 75 of their 77 points from the starting lineup. Kristian Zimmerman chipped in 13 points.
Jeff Hess scored 22 points and Jake Jurss added 20 to lead Sheboygan Lutheran (25-3).
Thorp 54, Cochrane-Fountain City 52
Thorp jumped out to an 11-0 lead and withstood a late charge from Cochrane-Fountain City to advance to its first state title game since 1982.
Dakota Lindgren finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for Thorp (18-9), while Albi Maksuti finished with 13 points. Matt McCarter added 10 points off the bench for Thorp, which led 11-3 at the end of the first quarter and took a 37-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Cochrane-Fountain City came alive in the final period, cutting the deficit to 41-40 midway through the period on a three-pointer by Jordan Eikamp, while getting within two twice in the final 28 seconds.
Maksuti missed two free throws with nine seconds left and Thorp leading by two, giving Cochrane-Fountain City a half-court heave at the buzzer that bounced off the rim.
Eikamp led Cochrane-Fountain City (20-8) with 17 points, while Garrett Marklowitz added 12.
Blair-Taylor 47, Unity 32
The Wildcats got 44 points from the trio of Dalton Soto, Simeon Pooler and Brett Ladsten and overcame a three-point third quarter to beat the Eagles and advance to the state title game for the first time in school history.
Blair-Taylor is in its eighth appearance at the state tournament but had fallen in the semifinals in each appearance before Thursday.
Soto led the way for Blair-Taylor (23-3) with 17 points, while Pooler and Ladsten finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively.
Zac Johnson led Unity (22-3) with nine points.