The Central boys basketball team left no doubt in its WIAA Division-2 playoff opener Friday night.
Led by 12 first-half points by Dylan Anderson and 11 from Joey Michelau, the Falcons raced out to a 45-20 halftime lead over visiting Waterford and cruised to a 66-30 victory in a regional semifinal.
Central (22-1 overall) advances to a regional final tonight against visiting Wilmot at 7 p.m. The Panthers moved on a 63-56 comeback victory over Jefferson on Friday.
Jack Rose led Central with 16 points, followed by Michelau with 13, Anderson with 12 and Zackery with 10. Cameron Glembin led Waterford (7-17) with nine points.
Racine Park 69, Tremper 51
The Trojans were unable to recover from a 12-point halftime deficit in a season-ending WIAA Division-1 regional semifinal loss to the host Panthers.
Junior guard Jyon Young knocked down five shots from the field and scored a team-high 16 points for the 15th-seeded Trojans, who closed the season with an 8-16 record. Zach Johnson added 11 points, while Zayshan Coleman finished with 10.
Larry Canady hit seven shots and had 23 points for the Panthers (17-5), who outscored the Trojans 31-25 in the second half.
Second-seeded Park will face No. 7 Waunakee for the regional championships today at Park.
Madison LaFollette 82, Bradford 66
Third-seeded LaFollette advanced to the regional championship with a home victory over the No. 14 Red Devils.
Bradford finished its season at 7-16. LaFollette (18-5) will take on 11th-seeded Janesville Craig today in Madison. No other details were provided to the Kenosha News.
Racine Prairie 64, St. Joseph 53
The host Hawks outscored the Lancers 36-26 in the second half to pull away for the WIAA Division-4 regional semifinal win.
Seventh-seeded St. Joseph, which finished the season at 8-16, trailed by just a point prior to Prairie’s big second half.
Jacob Fallico scored nine of his team-high 15 points in the final 18 minutes to help the second-seeded Hawks advance to today’s regional championship against No. 3 Palmyra-Eagle.
Freshman Andrew Alia hit four shots from the field and 7-of-9 free throws to lead the Lancers with 16 points, including nine in the second half. Junior Joseph Feudner added 13 points.
Dan Truttschel and Scott Koker