WIAA D1: Oshkosh North 47, Milwaukee Washington 45
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- All coaches Frank Schade and Jay Kenseth could do was hope as Terry Taylor's last-second shot floated toward the basket. It was Schade's hopes that came true.
Oshkosh North survived Taylor's missed three-pointer at the buzzer Thursday to outlast Milwaukee Washington 47-45 in a WIAA Division 1 state basketball quarterfinal at the Kohl Center.
Taylor, whose three-pointer from the right corner with 27.9 seconds left brought the Purgolders to within two points, missed an open three from the left side after taking an inbounds pass with 1.8 seconds left.
For Schade, it was reminiscent of last year's sectional final loss to Oshkosh West, when a last second three-pointer kept the Spartans from making the trip to state.
"You just hope, I guess," Schade said. "I guess that shot is better than going to the basket."
"I was hoping," said Washington's coach. "It was a good shot, a good look, and he's a pretty clutch kid. We're just disappointed it didn't go in."
The Purgolders, who finish their season at 22-2, were in position to force an overtime or pick up the victory after North's Jake Rennert made a bad pass that was intercepted by Washington's Stanley Hobson near midcourt with 17.9 seconds left to set up the closing drama.
The Spartans, now 21-3, advanced to a semifinal matchup against the winner of the Racine Horlick and Eau Claire North game.
North was led by Tank Johnson's 13 points. Johnson, however, spent much of the second half on the bench in foul trouble before fouling out with 1:43 left. He scored all his points in the first half when North took a 24-21 lead.
Junior guard Taylor Cameron scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half to offset the loss of Johnson's scoring.
Washington was led by sophomore Quevyn Winters, who had 15 points.
The Purgolders had a big problem in the 6-foot-5 Johnson, who at 285 pounds is about as wide as he is tall. But he picked up his third foul just 1 minute into the third quarter and played just 4 minutes in the final two quarters.
Senior Gau Deng, who is as tall as Johnson but checks in at about half the weight, scored six points to help the Spartan's cause.
"We have a lot of guys on this team who can step up and it showed today when Gau came in," Johnson said.
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