WIAA D1: Mad. Memorial 86, Germantown 73
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Memorial has the luxury of not having to rely on just one player because the Spartans have three who can make a big difference.
That was the case Thursday night when junior guard Vander Blue scored 35 points and the Spartans withstood a fourth-quarter rally by Germantown to advance to the semifinals of the WIAA Division 1 boys state basketball tournament with an 86-73 victory.
Blue, a Wisconsin recruit, is part of a threesome that includes junior Tre Dreamer and senior Jeronne Maymon, a Marquette recruit considered one of the frontrunners for the prep player of the year. Maymon started for the fourth straight time in the state tournament.
Creamer had 18 points, 14 in the first half, while Maymon had a game-high seven assists and nine rebounds to go along with 11 points.
"They are prototype players," Memorial coach Steve Collins said. "It was (Blue's) night tonight. Tomorrow, it will probably be somebody else."
Germantown again rallied, closing the lead to 70-64 before the Spartans ran off eight straight points to clinch their visit to the semifinals Friday night against the winner of the Beloit Memorial-Bayport game.
Memorial, making its sixth straight appearance at the Kohl Center tournament, improved to 24-1. Germantown finished its season with a 21-3 record.
The Warhawks finished with four players in double figures led by Michael Laubenheimer's 16 points.
Memorial went on a 10-0 tear over the final two minutes of the first half to take a 37-25 lead at the break. It was the cap to a quarter that saw the Spartans hit 8 of 12 shots.
Blue scored seven of those points, including a resounding dunk off his second straight steal for the final basket of the half. Blue scored 11 points in the second quarter.
"It doesn't matter how many I score as long as we win," Blue said. "I know this was a big game but everyone is starting off with zero points (Friday). As long as we get that W, that's all that matters at this point."
Creamer kept the Spartans in the running in the first quarter. Creamer, who is often overshadowed by the attention Blue and Maymon receive, led all scorers with 14 in the first half. He scored 12 of those in the first quarter on five of seven shooting, offsetting the two-for-10 effort by his teammates in the period.
"He's going to make a Division 1 team very happy," Collins said. "He does so many things that you can't teach."
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