When the state's No. 1 ranked team — Brookfield Central — meets the state's No. 2 ranked team — Milwaukee King — in the WIAA Sectional at 7 p.m. today at Brookfield East, motivation won't be a problem.
"This is as far as this group has gotten," coach Mark Adams said. "Now we play King and they knocked us off last year."
The Generals edged Central, 60-54, in the regional championship game at King.
King held Riley LaChance to 12 points and Caleb Mortag had 11, as Elijah Goodman was a one-man rebounding machine against the Generals and finished with 20 points.
Graduated Austin Malone-Mitchell drilled in six 3-pointers on the way to a game-high 28 points, while no other General managed to get into double figures.
"We knew what they beat us on last year and we know what we've got to do," LaChance said. "We have to focus and be a 100 times tougher. It's not going to get any easier from here. It's going to be a dogfight, so we're looking forward to it."
Central's 12 seniors know this is the third game of "win or go home," and Adams had a lot to say about this group.
"This is a great senior group," he said. "They've provided us with a lot of excitement, a lot of leadership — a great group of guys to be around, a great example of being ambassadors for our program. They've been a great group to represent Brookfield Central."
Adams has been pleased with his team's success down the stretch.
"Like I said before, you never want to peak in January," he said. "The last three or four conference games we played, I think it was our best basketball all year.
"I think we carried that right into the tournament. I don't care who we played or what the level, I've got a lot of respect for these teams."
But perhaps senior guard Brad Newman summed up the playoffs the best.
"It's just another opportunity," he said. "It's fun; I have never experienced anything like it."
HEAD COACH: James Gosz
CONFERENCE: Milwaukee City
RECORD: 22-2, 10-1, second
TOP SCORERS: 30 Chris Howell (16.9 ppg), a 6-4 senior forward; 20 Jemell Posey (15.2), a 6-2 senior guard; 10 Curtis Weathers, Jr. (12.9), 5-11 senior guard
ROAD TO STATE: The Generals defeated Milwaukee Pulaski (84-46) and Milwaukee Riverside (76-61) to win the regional.
NOTES OF INTEREST: The second-seeded Generals had won 17 in row and 20 of 21. The only loss in that stretch was to City Champion Milwaukee Hamilton (11-0, 17-6).
THURSDAY'S GAME: King plays Brookfield Central at 7 p.m. today at Brookfield East.
HEAD COACH: Steve Jaskulske
RECORD: 20-3, 14-0, first
TOP SCORERS: 24 D'Angelo Jackson (12.7 ppg), a 6-4 senior guard; 32 Darion King (12.2), a 6-6 junior forward
ROAD TO STATE: Case defeated Oak Creek (81-45) and Racine Horlick (75-60) to win the regional.
NOTES OF INTEREST: The first-seeded Eagles have a 16-game winning streak coming into the sectional. Their last lost came to Whitefish Bay, 76-71, at the WBY Shootout at Concordia College on Dec. 27.
THURSDAY'S GAME: Case plays second-seed West Allis Central at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek.
HEAD COACH: David Mlachnik
CONFERENCE: Greater Metro Conference
RECORD: 20-4, 11-3, second
TOP SCORERS: 24 Brandon Key (15.5 ppg), a 6-0 junior guard; 20 Ron Turkvan (12.2), a 6-0 senior guard, 14 Jaquan Martin (12.2), 6-4 senior forward, 10 Jerome Cummings (9.3), 6-1 junior forward
ROAD TO STATE: West Allis Central defeated West Allis Hale (53-37) and Milwaukee Hamilton (84-82) to win the regional.
NOTES OF INTEREST: The second-seeded Bulldogs have a two-game winning streak coming into the sectional. They have only won three of their last five games, both losses coming to GMC Champion Brookfield Central.
THURSDAY'S GAME: The Bulldogs play first-seed Racine Case at 7 p.m. today at Oak Creek.
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