MADISON (WKOW) -- It was a tight game the whole way, but in the end, Kaukauna had one not-so-secret weapon to prevail in a 76-74 win over Milwaukee Washington to claim the WIAA Division 2 boys state title.
Jordan McCabe, named yesterday as Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball, was the exclamation point.
After Kaukauna struggled to keep up most of the night, it was the Ghost's Keaton Ferris who tied the game at 68 with two minutes to go.
Washington went ahead with three free throws on two possessions.
But Jordan McCabe drained back-to-back threes to go up 74 to 73 with 45 seconds left.
Deontay Long of Washington tied the game on a free throw.
Then Jordan McCabe showed why he is Mr. Basketball, rolling a fingertip backwards shot into the basket to go up 76 -74 to seal the win.
MADISON (WXOW) -- It's championship Saturday at the 103rd annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball State Tournament March 17, 2018 at the Kohl Center on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
The D2 championship features Kaukauna and Milwaukee Washington.
Kaukauna advanced to the title game with a 75-63 win over Westosha Central. Milwaukee Washington defeated La Crosse Central in the other semifinal 70-58.
Top-seeded Kaukauna, led by Wisconsin Mr. Basketball Jordan McCabe, a West Virginia recruit, will attempt to win its second state championship in the past three years after winning the title in 2016. The Galloping Ghosts are appearing in the state tournament for the fourth time overall. In addition to their one championship, they finished runner-up in 2012. This year’s advancement to the state semifinals comes by virtue of their 69-59 victory over Nicolet in the Manitowoc Lincoln Sectional final. They finished runner-up to Division 1 qualifier Oshkosh North in the Fox Valley Association standings this season.
Third-seeded Milwaukee Washington qualifies for the state tournament for the second consecutive season and for the 13th time overall. The Purgolders have won four State championships, gaining possession of the gold ball in 1985, 1987, 1990 and 1993. They have also finished runner-up on two occasions, in 1997 and 2000. This year, they are the champions of the Milwaukee City Conference. The Purgolders have advanced out of the Brown Deer Sectional following a 77-67 triumph over Pewaukee in the final.
3-Point Challenge - 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game - 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game - 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game*
*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.
STATE TOURNAMENT ON THE AIR: The State Tournament will be televised live on WKOW-TV in Madison, WAOW-TV in Wausau, WXOW-TV in La Crosse, WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, WYOW-TV in Eagle River, WMOW-TV in Crandon, WMLW-TV in Milwaukee, KBJR-MY9 in Duluth/Superior and WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley. The Wisconsin Division of Quincy Media, Inc., will produce the coverage. Also, download the Magic of March app for your source for live streaming video, scores, highlights and more about the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament on iOS or Android phones and tablets.