MADISON – Jamison Kryshak jumped into a giant bear hug from Andrew Ruzek, and Trevor Anderson was excitedly jumping up and down before he spun towards a cheering fan section and pumped his right arm in triumph.
There was still a couple of minutes still to play, but it was clear a new king was about to be crowned.
Anderson teamed up with fellow junior Sam Hauser in scoring 25 points apiece as the Stevens Point Area Senior High boys’ basketball team hammered Germantown 67-51 on Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game at the Kohl Center.
The Panthers (27-1) claimed their first state title since 1994 and snapped Germantown’s string of three consecutive championships. The Warhawks (27-1) were looking to join Randolph and Dominican as the only schools to have won four straight state championships.
Hauser sparked a blistering offensive performance for SPASH, scoring all 16 of his team’s first quarter points and draining four three-point baskets over that stretch as the Panthers built a 16-12 lead.
The 6-foot-6 forward was spectacular throughout and added 10 rebounds, five blocks and three steals while helping the Panthers shoot 58 percent (23-of-40) overall and 44 percent (seven-of-16) from three-point range.
Anderson, a tenacious 6-foot-2 guard, went eight-of-13 from the field and was fearless in attacking the basket against a Warhawks defense that pressured and harassed but couldn’t slow the Panthers, who played with high urgency and pace on both ends of the floor and never wore off in building as much as a 21-point advantage late in the fourth quarter.
SPASH also controlled the glass and outrebounded the Warhawks 31-21. Twenty-five of those boards came on the defensive end.
Germantown was led by Juwan McCloud’s 15 points. The Warhawks shot 38 percent overall (21-of-55) and 25 percent (six-of-24) from three-point range.
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