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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - LaMonte Bearden and Brian Bearden each scored 13 points to lead Germantown to a 48-42 victory over Neenah on Saturday night, giving the Warhawks their third consecutive Division 1 state championship.
Germantown (26-2), which had its 69-game winning streak snapped earlier this season, turned a key defensive stop into a four-point swing to close the third quarter.
Neenah (26-2) scored six consecutive points to tie it at 32 with 2:34 left in the third quarter. After LaMonte Bearden scored on a drive to put Germantown up 34-32, Neenah worked the final 1:14 of the period for a potential tying shot. With 4 seconds left, Evan Wesenberg blocked Adam Pohlman’s layup attempt. LaMonte Bearden rebounded and fed Jake Showalter for a breakaway layup at the buzzer.
“That was huge,” said Germantown coach Steve Showalter. “They could have scored a three or two on one end, taken the lead or tied, and we make a huge defensive play. That just shows what our team does. A block, a pass, a layup. That’s exactly what our team is all about.”
The Warhawks scored the first four points of a slow-paced fourth quarter, taking a 40-32 lead on a tip-in by Wesenberg with 3:58 remaining.
Matt Heldt, a 6-foot-10 junior center, scored Neenah’s first points of the fourth quarter on short turnaround in the lane to make 40-34 with 1:52 left.
Trevor Entwisle kept the Rockets alive with a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute, the second of which cut the lead to 45-42 with 18 seconds remaining. After Brian Bearden hit the second of two free throws to make it 46-42, Entwisle buried an apparent 3 from the top of the key, but he was called for traveling.
“I think we were up four and I’m thinking the whole time it’s a foul, that we fouled him and he made the basket,” Steve Showalter said. “So, he had a chance to tie it. I saw the travel, but you never know in a situation like that if it’s going to get called. The right call was made, so I went from kind of heartache to jubilation that quick.”
Entwisle had 14 points and Heldt 11 for Neenah, which made just 5 of 19 3-point attempts.
“I thought we came out and battled hard in the third quarter and cut into the lead and had it where we wanted,” said Neenah coach Scott Bork. “A couple shots here and there go a little bit differently and maybe we’re the second ones in here instead of the first ones.”
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