WIAA D1: Racine Horlick 55: Eau Claire North 47
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- If there ever was any question why Racine Horlick guard Jamil Wilson is one of the leading candidates for Wisconsin prep player of the year, the doubt was removed Thursday in Division 1 quarterfinals of the WIAA boys state basketball tournament.
Wilson, the 6-foot-7 senior who recently announced he will attend Oregon next year, scored 11 of his 24 points in the third quarter as the Rebels advanced to Friday's semifinal game against Oshkosh North with a 55-47 victory over Eau Claire North.
Horlick (23-1), which extended its winning streak to 19 games, hit six of seven shots in the third quarter to open a 13-point lead. Wilson hit three of those shots before missing a shot at the buzzer as the quarter ended.
"I've got faith in my teammates that they will get me the ball," said Wilson, who was averaging 21.2 points per game coming in. "I had the hot hand and everybody saw it."
"We don't take it for granted but that's what Jamil does for us, especially of late," Horlick coach Jason Treutelaar said. "He makes me a lot smarter than I really am."
The Rebels used their hot shooting in the third quarter to turn a 21-15 halftime lead into a 39-26 advantage.
North (17-8) was able to close to within six points four times in the fourth quarter, the last time at 53-47 with 10 seconds to go when senior Tyler Brown rebounded his own miss for a basket. Brown led the Huskies with 19 points.
"Give them a lot of credit. They wouldn't go away," Treutelaar said. "Every time we had a chance to distance ourselves, they kept hitting big shots."
Evan Anderson, the 6-11 center for the Huskies who will attend Wisconsin, scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time.
Senior Antwon Oliver scored 14 points for Horlick while junior guard Davontae Mullen chipped in 13. But Mullen knew who the difference-maker was.
"Something happens every time he has the ball," Mullen said of Wilson. "We're always relaxed on the court when he's got the ball."
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