Lamontae Lewis made sure early Friday night that the Horlick High School boys basketball team got on top of West Allis Central.
The senior guard scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as the Rebels took a big halftime lead and beat the Bulldogs 72-62 in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal in the John R. Belden Fieldhouse at Horlick.
The Rebels (16-7) advance to play Milwaukee Vincent (17-6) in a 7 p.m. regional final Saturday at Vincent. The Vikings beat Franklin 69-63 Friday at Milwaukee.
Lewis got Horlick going almost before the crowd settled in, making three 3-pointers in the first two minutes as Horlick jumped out to a 10-0 lead. West Allis Central (8-15) followed with a 9-3 run, but the Rebels responded and led 37-25 at halftime.
“That was nice to get out to that fast start,” Horlick coach Jason Treutelaar said. “They got it to 13-9, but we were able to answer.”
The Rebels maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way, leading by as many as 22 points before Treutelaar started emptying his bench. Among those keeping the Bulldogs from getting unleashed were senior centers Alec Pullen and Samad Qawi.
“He gave us some really good minutes when we needed him,” Treutelaar said of Qawi. “Alec Pullen was really solid in the middle of our zone and both guys were strong on the boards. We needed that tonight.”
Sophomore forward Marcus Caldwell, who had nine of his 13 points in the first half, also made a strong contribution.
“He was able to do a nice job getting to the basket and getting open in transition,” Treutelaar said.
All but one Rebels player got in the game and all but two of them scored.
The Bulldogs were led by Tony Thomas, who finished with 15 points.
BROOKFIELD CENTRAL 96, CASE 71: The Eagles held a five point lead early on, but eventually Brookfield Central’s shooting caught up with them, dealing Case a season-ending loss in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game at Brookfield.
Case (9-14) had fleeting success playing a 1-3-1 zone early on, but a sudden hot streak from Andres Peralta-Werns (28 points) gave the Lancers (16-7) a much needed push. Peralta Werns made five of his seven 3-pointers before halftime, giving Central a 42-29 lead going into the break.
When the Eagles switched to man-to-man in the second half, the Lancers countered by getting the ball to post player Andrew Bruggink (24 points).
“We kind of picked our poison tonight,” Case coach Steve Jaskulske said. “We played a zone and they shot it out. We played man and they’d score down low. We just ran into a hot shooting team at the wrong time.”
Junior guard Koreem Ozier led the Eagles with 28 points, but fouled out in the second half. Senior forward Marcus Riser finished his high school career on a high note with a double-double with 17 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
“We are really going to miss our seniors,” Jaskulske said. “Riser, Raymond Hamilton and Brandon Allen are all class kids, and good student-athletes.”
BURLINGTON 70, WILMOT 69: Aaron Mutter scored only four points, but two came from a tip-in at the buzzer as the Demons won a Division 2 regional semifinal at Burlington.
With the win, Burlington advanced to play Southern Lakes Conference rival Waterford in a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Burlington.
Burlington (14-9) led 38-24 at halftime, but the Panthers got back into the game by outscoring the Demons 37-24 in the second half.
Burlington trailed 69-68 with seconds left when Mutter tipped in a missed free throw to give the Demons the win.
Cal Tully made four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds. Nick Klug added 16 points, while Ty Wiemer scored 12.
WATERFORD 57, McFARLAND 55: With two clutch shots, Dyln Ross gave the Wolverines the lead on two separate occasions and combined with Chris Saltzmann for 30 points in their WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal victory at McFarland.
Waterford (11-13) will play Southern Lakes Conference rival Burlington in a 7 p.m. regional final Saturday at Burlington.
Five of Ross’ 14 points came as the clock was winding down. The first was a 37-footer to beat the halftime buzzer, giving Waterford a 28-26 lead. Ross’ final points came with six seconds left in the game, when he hit a floater from the right side to secure the lead for good.
Saltzmann scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half to help keep the Wolverines close. Saltzmann also had eight rebounds. Matt Korman scored 11 points with three 3-pointers.
The Spartans (14-9) countered pairs of free throws from Ross and Mike Schmidt with baskets to keep the score even late in the game, until Waterford’s Will Busch got a steal which led to Ross’ final shot.
“We knew we couldn’t let the moment become too big, so we needed to stay composed and stay in the game,” Waterford coach Paul Charapata said. “We did a good job of keeping it close and negating their home advantage.”
WESTOSHA CENTRAL 88, UNION GROVE 66: The Broncos couldn’t compete with Westosha’s size and lost a Division 2 regional semifinal game at Paddock Lake.
Union Grove finished the season 9-15.
The Broncos trailed 40-31 at halftime as the Falcons (16-7) made seven 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes, Union Grove coach Dave Pettit said.
In the second half, Westosha used its height advantage to pulled away. The Falcons feature several players 6-foot-4 and taller, while the Broncos’ tallest players hit only 6-foot-1, Pettit said.
“It’s difficult to go against that kind of size,” Pettit said. “They are a big team.”
Jack Pettit led the Broncos with 19 points, while Riley Hale had 16 and Matt Nelson added 15. Jake Hansen grabbed eight rebounds.
PRAIRIE 75, ST. JOSEPH 69: JC Butler played only 20 minutes, but scored 25 points and had four rebounds as the Hawks won a Division 4 regional semifinal game at Kenosha.
Prairie (16-8) advances to play Milwaukee Destiny at 4 p.m. Saturday in Milwaukee in the regional final.
Butler struggled with foul trouble most of the game, said Prairie coach Jason Atanasoff. He got his third personal foul 30 seconds into the second half and played only eight minutes the rest of the game, Atanasoff said.
The Hawks led by nine with three minutes left, but the Lancers (9-14) cut the advantage of three with two minutes. Prairie made seven free throws in a row to preserve the win.
Troy Mikaelian added 23 points, and Mitchel Krekling played a nice floor game, Atanasoff said.
St. Joseph got a game-high 30 points from Matthew Brown.
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 56, SHEBOYGAN AREA LUTHERAN 53: Ben Heiligenthal saved his best for last with a game-winning three-point play with 10 seconds remaining to give the Hilltoppers a WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal victory at Burlington.
Catholic Central (15-9) advances to play Milwaukee Academy of Science in a 7 p.m. regional final game Saturday at Milwaukee.
The 6-foot-4 senior forward drove the length of the court and was fouled as he converted a layup that sent him to the free-throw line, where he completed the three-point play. The three points sealed the victory for Catholic Central and placed Heiligenthal at the top of the all-time Catholic Central scoring list.
“It was a great high school game, played in a great atmosphere,” Hilltoppers coach Kyle Scott said.
Catholic Central used what Scott called a “tough, man to man defense” in a game that went back and forth until the final play.
Frank Koehnke added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Hilltoppers.
Vincent Montazella led Lutheran with 16 points and six rebounds.