WIAA D4: Assumption 65, St. Mary Central 54
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Alex Erdmann scored all of his 20 points in the first half to help Wisconsin Rapids Assumption beat Menasha St. Mary Central 65-54 Friday in the WIAA Division 4 boys state basketball semifinals.
Assumption will take a 24-2 record into Saturday's championship game against Benton.
Erdmann's first-half scoring mirrored Assumption's game. The Royals took control early and scored the first six points in the first 90 seconds of the game, forcing Central to call a timeout.
"I don't think they were ready for our pressure," said Erdmann, a 6-foot-2 senior guard. "They were kind of shaky off the bat, and we got off to a great start. We had a little nerves, too, but we were able to get to them."
The Zephyrs committed 25 turnovers in the game, 15 in the first half. Erdmann had seven steals, tying a Division 4 tournament record.
The Royals led by as many as 16 (32-16) in the first half.
"I'm not sure the kids were ready for their quickness and speed, and what they wanted to do defensively," Zephyrs coach Brian Jakubek said. "It took us a while to adjust."
The Zephyrs were especially effective as time was running out, hitting 3-pointers in each of the first two quarters just as the horn was going off.
The second one was by Eric Ransom and cut Assumption's halftime edge to 43-32. The first was by Sam Koslowski, whose 3-pointer trimmed Assumption's first quarter lead to 22-11.
St. Mary cut Assumption's lead to 44-37 with five minutes left in the third quarter, but the Royals responded with a 9-1 run to close out the period. St. Mary closed the gap to 60-52 with two minutes left but could get no closer.
Koslowski paced the Zephyrs with 17 points, and teammate Matt Flunker chipped in 13.
Brandon Fish added 18 points for Assumption.
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