Perseverance came into the Chilton basketball vocabulary Tuesday night.
Facing a double-digit deficit late in the first half, the Tiger boys basketball team refused to quit and managed to get that deficit down to one by halftime and rode that momentum into the second half where they held on for a 70-63 win over Denmark in a WIAA Division 3 boys basketball regional opener at Denmark.
The reward for the ninth-seeded Tigers?
A date with top seed Brillion in a Friday night regional semifinal at Brillion. The Lions, who had an opening bye, already owns a pair of one-sided wins over Chilton winning 67-25 at Chilton back in December and 90-36 at Brillion on February 9.
Trailing 30-19, Chilton started to claw its way back into the game and Zac Halbach’s three-pointer just beat the halftime buzzer that brought the Tigers to within 32-31 at intermission.
The lead see-sawed for the first four minutes of the second half before the Tigers took the lead for good at 38-37.
Chilton, now 10-14, got tremendous balanced scoring led by Halbach and Max Mueller with 15 points apiece. Ryan Pierquet added 14, Will Fuerbringer 13 and Austin Grube 10.
WIAA DIVISON 3 REGIONAL SCORES
(#9) Chilton 70 (#8) Denmark 63
(#10) Two Rivers 47 (#7) Kewaskum 34
(#5) Kettle Moraine Lutheran 77 (#12) Sheboygan Falls 54
(#6) Campbellsport 76 (#11) Campbellsport 48
WIAA DIVISON 4 REGIONAL SCORES
(#4) Valders 73 (#13) New Holstein 51
(#5) Sheboygan Lutheran 59 (#12) Cedar Grove-Belgium 38
(#9) Random Lake 79 (#8) Manitowoc Lutheran 72 – 4 Overtimes!!!
(#6) Ozaukee 61 (#11) Manitowoc Roncalli 46
(#7) Laconia 84 (#10) Winnebago Lutheran 56
FRIDAY’S REGIONAL SEMIFINALS (7 PM)
(#9) Chilton at (#1) Brillion
(#5) Kettle Moraine Lutheran at (#4) Kiel
(#6) Campbellsport at (#3) Oostburg
(#10) Two Rivers at (#2) Southern Door
(#9) Random Lake at (#1) Howards Grove
(#5) Sheboygan Lutheran at (#4) Valders
(#6) Ozaukee at (#3) Kohler
(#7) Laconia at (#2) St. Mary’s Springs
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