NEENAH FINISHES OFF MAGICAL SEASON WITH FIRST BOYS BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 1978
For the first time in nearly half a century the Neenah Rockets boys basketball team is state champions after knocking off Brookfield Central 64-52 on Saturday night in the division 1 state final.
Neenah controlled the momentum of the game throughout as they led 31-22 at halftime. Rockets’ Carter Thomas and Chevalier Emery Jr. led the way in scoring as they both finished with 10 first half point. For the Brookfield Central Lancers’, they were led by Andrew Rohde who poured in 18 first half points.
In the second half the Lancers were able to cut the deficit to just six with 10:37 left in the game, but after a timeout the Rockets went on a 10-0 and never allowed their lead to get to single digits again.
Emery Jr led the way for the Rockets in the scoring column finishing with 19 points. He had three teammates that pitched in with double figures as well: Carter Thomas (15 points), JJ Paider (14 points 18 rebounds), and Brady Corso who finished with 10 points and four assists.
The Lancers were led by Andrew Rohde who tallied 34 points on the night, no other Brookfield Central player scored in double figures.
This is the 4th state championship in Neenah boys basketball history and their first since 1978.