HISTORIC DAY FOR SAM GRIEGER HELPS RANDOLPH PUNCH TICKET TO D5 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

The Randolph Rockets boys basketball program is one of the most prolific in the entire state of Wisconsin and this year’s group is no different. The Rockets flexed their muscles in the opening game of semifinal Friday as they took down the Gibraltar Vikings 61-28 in a Division 5 semifinal at the WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Kohl Center.


Leading the way for the Rockets was Sam Grieger, who finished with a Division 5 state tournament record 41 points, surpassing Sam Dekker (Sheboygan Area Lutheran, 2012), who had 40 points in the state championship game. Grieger shot 16-for-23 from the field including 2-for-2 from beyond the 3-point arc. The 16 made field goals also tied Dekker for the Division 5 state tournament single-game record.


Also scoring in double figures for the Rockets was Travis Alvin, who finished with 13 points.


The Randolph Rockets finished the first half on a 21-0 run to take a 34-10 halftime lead.


In Gibraltar’s first-ever trip to state, the Vikings couldn’t muster up much offense as they shot 12-for-46 from the field and just 1-for-10 from the 3-point arc. The Vikings saw their magical March run come to an end as they were led by Trevor Ash, who finished with six points.


The Randolph Rockets punched their ticket to Saturday's Division 5 state championship game against either Hurley or Bangor. Tip-off for the championship will be at 11:05 a.m. The Rockets will be looking for their 11th boys basketball state championship.

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