MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) - After a one-year hiatus, the Aquinas Blugolds returned to the Kohl Center with their sights set on once again putting the gold in Blugold.
Aquinas met top-ranked Little Chute in the Division 3 semifinal on Friday morning and jumped out to an early advantage. Bronson Koenig made himself at home in Madison. The future Badger netted three of his 14 points to set the tone in the early going. Nolan Ritter also added an early three-pointer as part of an 11 point game.
Little Chute's college talent kept it close. Kenneth Lowe threw down a thunderous dunk in the second quarter as part of a four point run to even the game. Aquinas held a 24-21 lead at halftime.
Koenig demonstrated his superior passing ability in the 3rd quarter. One particular no-look assist gave Parker Weber two of his team-high 18 points and helped Aquinas manage an 11 point lead after three quarters.
The Mustangs worked to make it a five point game in the fourth quarter, but Carson Schneider, a 28% free-throw shooter on the season, went 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch. Michael Conway contributed a 10 point game, and Aquinas defeated Little Chute 61-51, advancing to the State Championship.
The Blugolds will play Lodi in the D3 Final on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. All five of the Championship games can be seen on WXOW TV-19 or livestreamed on wxow.com.
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