In the second game of the night at South Division High School, Milwaukee Vincent faced cross city rival Milwaukee King in a battle for supremacy and the chance to move forward in the playoffs.  Both teams exchanged blows in the opening minutes of the game before King’s guards, particularly senior captain Austin Malone-Mitchell and 2014 guard Curtis Weathers took over the first half, going up 18-9 at the quarter and 32-17 by half.  Vincent, behind strong second half by 2014 forward Marcus White, and increased effort by seniors Deonte Burton and Ronald Singleton, fought its way into contention, working it all the way down to 3 with a minute remaining.  In the end, King knocked down a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to cap a 52-47 victory.  Milwaukee King will go up against Racine Case, who upset the top seeded team on its side to advance to the Sectional Final, Saturday.

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TOP PERFORMERS:
Austin Malone-Mitchell – PG – 2013 – Milwaukee King H.S.
5-11 – Milwaukee, WI

Malone-Mitchell was dominant in the first half against the Vikings, attacking the rim, finishing at the hoop, kicking to open teammates and wreaking havoc defensively.  The senior guard was crafty and displayed his abilities handling the ball to keep Vincent’s defense on its heels much of the time.  Though slowed down offensively in the second half, Malone-Mitchell wound up with 6 steals, 5 assists and sealed the game with two free-throws, giving him 15 points on the night.

Curtis Weathers – SG – 2014 – Milwaukee King H.S.
5-10 – Milwaukee, WI

Weather was huge from downtown for the Generals all game long.  Sending in four rhythm three-pointers in timely spots to either ignite King or help them extend significant leads, the junior guard was on the mark.  Also, in conjunction with fellow guard Malone-Mitchell and senior Jemell Posey, the trio caused fits for Vincent’s guards on both ends trying to maintain possessions.  Weathers tied Malone-Mitchell as leading scorers in the game with 15 points as well.

Marcus White – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
6-5 – Milwaukee, WI

White took a little time to get going in this one, due in large part to Vincent’s inability to get the ball up the court effectively and in spots for players to be productive.  However, in the second half White threw in some major buckets to help his squad climb back in the game and overcome a large deficit.  Scoring 8 points in the 3rd and adding in another bucket in a grinding final quarter, White finished with 11 points, which included a tough steal with a pretty move for a finger-roll at the front of the rim to pull his team within striking distance.  It will be fun to watch how he develops with another season left at Vincent.

Deonte Burton – SF – 2013 – Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
6-5 – Milwaukee, WI

Burton has been a dynamic player his entire career at Milwaukee Vincent.  He got off to a slow start in this one knocking in just 2 free throws in the first half, but helped ignite his team in the second half.  In the 3rd he knocked in two big shots in a row, had an impressive block and two assists which sparked his team to one of their runs and brought them within 5 of King late in the 3rd.  In the final quarter of his career he added another free throw and knocked in a clutch shot with just under 10 seconds left to put them down 3 before King sealed the game with a pair of free throws.  The 6-5 small forward is moving on to Marquette next year and looking forward to more big games in his future. Burton finished up with 9 points and 7 rebounds.

STOCK BOOSTERS:
Ronald Singleton – F – 2013 – Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
6-7 – Milwaukee, WI

Singleton did all the little things throughout the game for the Vikings.  Grabbing rebounds and hustling after loose balls, Singleton also came up big in the second half, as he disrupted shots inside, got deflections and was able to clean up the glass offensively a few times with put-backs.  Singleton finished his Vincent career with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

Corey Bias – G – 2013 – Milwaukee King H.S.
6-0 – Milwaukee, WI

The senior added to the guard mix late in the first half and took an even greater role in the second.  Bias played stout defense early and cleaned up on the offensive end in the second half to lift the Generals a few times and halt a couple runs by Vincent.  Bias scored 6 of his 8 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters, pulled in 5 rebounds and blocked two shots for the Generals in the win.

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