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East shocks Memorial in overtime thriller

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January 10, 2010

Big Eight


boys basketball


League Season


W L W L


Madison East 7 0 10 0


Madison Memorial 5 2 8 3


Sun Prairie 4 2 8 2


Middleton 4 2 7 3


Verona 4 2 7 3


Beloit Memorial 4 2 6 3


Madison La Follette 1 5 3 5


Janesville Parker 1 5 3 5


Madison West 1 5 1 7


Janesville Craig 0 6 0 9


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RESULT SATURDAY


Madison East 54, Madison Memorial 51 (OT)


GAMES TUESDAY


Madison East at Janesville Craig


Janesville Parker at Madison La Follette


Beloit Memorial at Verona


Madison West at Sun Prairie


Middleton at Madison Memorial


Nimrod Hilliard IV was the hero Saturday night in an resounding victory for Madison East High School’s unbeaten boys basketball team.


Hilliard hit a game-tying three-point shot, then stole the ball from Madison Memorial guard Tre Creamer and converted a three-point play to give the Purgolders a 57-54 overtime triumph over the defending WIAA Division 1 state champions.


The win, which came before a capacity crowd of more than 1,400 at Memorial, lifted fourth-ranked East to 10-0 for the season and 7-0 in the Big Eight.


It also may have jeopardized Memorial’s chances of winning a seventh straight conference title. The second-ranked Spartans fell to 8-3 for the season and 5-2 in the conference, leaving them two games behind first-place East.


However, Memorial will get another shot the Purgolders in a Feb. 25 regular-season finale at East and probably again WIAA tournament play.


East, whch handed Memorial its only loss last season, again shocked the Spartans with late heroics. Memorial led 47-42 late in regulation time but couldn’t convert the clinching free throws on three bonus opportunties, and the Purgolders rallied to force the extra period.


Marcel Terry hit a three-point shot and added layup to lift East into a 47-47 tie, which led to the overtime.


Memorial again was up 54-51 after Vander Blue made the second free throw in a double bonsus with 30 seconds left in the extra period. Hilliard then tied it a 54-54 by hitting a wide-open three-point shot, then swiped the ball from Creamer’s left hand and went for the game-winning points.


Hilliard finished with 16 points, including three three-point goals, and Marquis Mason had 13 for East.


Creamer, who made six three-point shots in the first three quarters, led Memorial with 26 points. Blue completed the Spartans’ 1-2 punch with 20.


EAST 54, MEMORIAL 51 (OT)


East (54)—Hilliard IV, 5-3-16; McAdams, 3-0-6; Mason, 5-3-13; Hall, 4-3-12; Terry, 3-0-7; Galigan, 1-0-2. Totals: 21-9-54.


Memorial (51)—Chamberlain, 2-0-4; Creamer, 9-2-26; Blue, 9-2-20; LaMomba, 1-0-2; Morris, 0-2-2. Totals: 21-6-51.


Madison East 12 10 12 13 10—54


Madison Memorial 13 10 16 8 7—51


Three-point goals—East 6 (Hilliard 3, Hull, Terry, Galigan), Memorial 6 (Creamer 6). Free throws missed—East 5, Memorial 7. Total fouls—East 17, Memorial 18. Fouled out—LaMomba.



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