NY2LASPORTS.COM - WILSON DROPS 37 TO LEAD DOMINICAN
Nick Aiello — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
At Milwaukee South Division High School Thursday night, Dominican took on Kenosha St. Joe’s in a Sectional Semifinal game to prove why they are still the team to beat in Division 4 as the defending champs. One line that sports enthusiasts often go by is if you want the crown, you have to knock out the champion. Kenosha St. Joe’s played hard and fought to the finish with excellent efforts from Seniors Chris Madden and Bakari Foster. But, Dominican was just too much for Nick Van Exel’s alma mater, as Duane Wilson Jr. electrified the gymnasium all game long with some help solid help from young big man Diamond Stone and junior Jack Jelacic. The Knights took over early and never looked back, cruising to a 72-55 victory to advance to the Sectional Final Saturday, where they will take on undefeated Laconia for the opportunity to get back up to Madison (State).
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Duane Wilson Jr. – PG – 2013 – Dominican H.S.
6-3 – Milwaukee, WI
Wilson displayed the full set of skills in his arsenal tonight, wowing the crowd with some seat-raising plays, and having most shaking their heads at how tough he is to defend. When St. Joseph’s defenders played tight, Wilson drove by them and either finished at the rim or pulled up for a nice mid-range shot. When the defenders backed off he knocked down 4 three’s. It was clear it was his night after an incredible between the legs pass to Stone for a slam early and pouring in 14 pts in the 2nd quarter… He was extremely efficient from the field and finished the night with 37 points (5-of-5 on free-throws), 7 assists and a respectable 5 rebounds.
Diamond Stone – F/C – 2015 – Dominican H.S.
6-10 – Wauwatosa, WI
The top ranked big man in the 2015 Class, Stone was steady and a force once again for the Knights. After 1 quarter was through, Stone already had 5 rebounds and chipped in 6 points. Despite early foul trouble, Stone said coach told him to “keep his head in the game and I just kept my head up and knew good things would happen.” Stone returned strong in the second half grabbing more boards, blocking shots or forcing Kenosha’s scorers to move the ball elsewhere, and dropped in another 13 points with post moves around the hoop and another alley-oop dunk to cap his night. “I think I played good around the basket and away from it, got our shooters involved, rebounded well and just tried to be an all-around player,” Stone concluded. He finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and was 3 for 3 from the free-throw line.
Alex Foster – G – 2013 – Kenosha St. Joseph’s H.S.
6-0 – Kenosha, WI
Foster was the other half of the guard tandem (with Madden) that showed a lot of heart and determination to keep their team around in the second half. Foster got some layups in transition, finished plays from the free throw line, and added a couple jump shots to finish his time at St. Joe’s with a team-high 19 point performance.
Jack Jelacic – SF – 2014 – Dominican H.S.
6-6 – Whitefish Bay, WI
Jelacic was big early in the game in particular. The well-sized wing displayed his ability to almost effortlessly drop in long-range shots, hitting two of them early, added a basket at the rim off a dish from Wilson, and then included another three in the second half. His continued development and consistency shooting will take pressure off Wilson and Stone down the stretch of this season. He concluded the contest with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Chris Madden – PG – 2013 – Kenosha St. Joseph’s H.S.
5-8 – Kenosha, WI
Madden was impressive from around the court against Dominican. The 5-8 guard was fearless entering the lane against Dominican’s size, took care of the basketball and was able to finish some impressive buckets near the hoop. Madden finished his high school career with 9 points and 5 assists.
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