Just like the girls squad a week ago, the Cedarburg boys basketball team is facing a huge test against Beaver Dam.
The Bulldogs (22-2 on the season) will take on Beaver Dam (23-1) at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Hartford High School in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal contest.
That happens to be the same matchup, same day of the week, same time and same site as the girls' game against the Golden Beavers last week, won by Beaver Dam, 76-50.
There is one major difference: the Beaver Dam boys have not been nearly as dominant as the girls. While the girls still have not won by less than 13 points all season, the boys have had some close calls.
They topped Slinger, 57-52; Oconomowoc, 53-48; Plymouth, 66-62; and Wausau West, 63-61. The West score is notable, since that team beat Cedarburg this season, 57-54, at Concordia University in late December.
Beaver Dam's lone loss came to always-strong Wisconsin Lutheran, 58-45, on Feb. 14, but the team has responded, winning four straight, including victories of 66-45 over Slinger and 66-56 over Nicolet to win a regional crown.
Garrett Nelson, a 5-foot-11-inch senior point guard, scores 20 points per game to lead the Beavers. Nelson also paces the team in rebounds (5.1) and assists (4.4).
Luke Livingston, a 6-2 senior guard, adds 13 points per game, and 6-2 junior guard Sam Wilke is at 8.6 per contest.
The winner will play either Pulaski (20-4) or Kaukauna (15-9) at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Menasha High School for the sectional championship and a trip to the state tournament next week in Madison.
Pulaski has a balanced attack, with two players averaging 15 points, and Kaukauna is led by one of the top players in the state, Jordan McCabe at 24.3 points per game.