WIAA D1: Madison Memorial 64, Bay Port 60
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Memorial guard Vander Blue wasn't happy when he was whistled for a foul in overtime that led to three free throws for Bay Port guard Jake Hottenstine.
The foul shots gave the Pirates their biggest lead since the first quarter of the WIAA Division 1 state semifinal.
So Blue got mad. Then he got even.
The Spartans junior sank a 3-pointer to tie the game, then blocked two straight Hottenstine attempts from beyond the arc as Memorial defeated Bay Port 64-60 Friday night.
The Spartans (25-1) earned a spot in Saturday night's championship game against Racine Horlick (24-1).
Hottenstine led all scorers with 25 points and had seven points in the extra session, including the three free throws for a 55-52 lead with 2:46 left. Then he made a go-ahead drive that put the Pirates (24-1) up 58-57 lead with 1:24 to go.
But after Memorial forward Jeronne Maymon hit four free throws to give Memorial a 61-58 lead, Hottenstine's efforts to pull Bay Port even again were twice rejected by Blue.
The 6-foot-4 Wisconsin recruit swatted away Hottenstine's attempt from the top of the key, then seconds later deflected another try from the wing.
"I was pretty upset with the first call, because I thought it was clean. I had to avenge myself," Blue said. "We needed a stop. Somebody had to bring it, and I knew who was hot at the time. ... When he put it up, luckily I'm kind of long, so I got the ball."
Maymon led the Spartans with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The Marquette recruit scored six points in overtime, all on free throws. He was 6-of-6 from the line in the extra session, and 9-of-10 for the game.
Blue and freshman forward Junior Lomomba each added 14 points for the Spartans, who will be making their fifth title-game appearance in six seasons.
Bay Port forced overtime with an 8-0 run in the final two minutes of regulation. Hottenstine hit a pair of free throws, and Marcus Rue sank a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play with 36.9 seconds left to knot the score at 50.
"They came at us," Memorial coach Steve Collins said. "We obviously made some mistakes down the stretch, but they had a good two minutes."
Hottenstine blocked Maymon's baseline jumper with six seconds left. Memorial's Russell Henderson grabbed the rebound, but fell out of bounds.
Bay Port had an 11-9 lead after the first quarter, but Memorial went on a 13-1 run to build a 10-point lead. After back-to-back 3-pointers pulled the Pirates within four, Henderson sank a 3 at the buzzer to give the Spartans a 27-20 lead at the half.
Memorial maintained a lead between five and 10 points the entire second half until the Pirates rallied in the final two minutes.
"We showed that we can play with anybody," Bay Port coach Nate Rykal said. "(Memorial) is probably the best team in the tournament. That's what everybody thinks. We gave them all that they could handle."
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