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WIAA goes to 18-minute halves for HS hoops

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 LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW)  A big change coming next season for Wisconsin's high school basketball teams.
    Games will become longer starting next season.   

Instead of four 8-minute quarters, games will now consist of two 18-minute halves for varsity games.
    So games will now go 36 minutes instead of 32.
    The move was approved by the WIAA Board of Control Thursday.
    The WIAA says the change will be for a one-year trial basis and they'll re-visit the topic after next season.   

"You look across the state there's been some declining numbers among programs.  I think this will help keep more kids out and this definitely gives more kids a chance to play at the varsity level.  I think the other thing you'll see too is that playing against a team with a 15-point lead in quarters was extremely challenging to come back from.  Now, you're going to have more momentum swings through the course of the game as a result," said Onalaska boys head coach Craig Kowal.

"The quarters just broke up the flow of the game so much.  I feel like the halves, just like with the college game, just the flow should be a lot more exciting for the fans to watch.  For us, selfishly, it's another 4 minutes of game time which allows you to play more players," said Aquinas girls head coach Dave Donarski. 

Sub-varsity games will play two 16-minute halves.

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