State Championship for Matthews
This was a championship basketball game that attracted as much interest from the state's college fans as the state's high school fans. Matthews, Madison Memorial's senior SG, will head from Madison to Milwaukee to play his college ball for Marquette University, while Milwaukee Vincent's senior PF Marcus Landry will do the opposite and play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers in Madison. Landry was also named to the WBCA's First Team All State squad. Milwaukee Vincent coach Tom Diener is the uncle of Marquette's senior PG Travis Diener, who led Conference USA in scoring and assists. Coach Diener's team missed out on winning it's sixth State Championship under his leadership. He has been chosen by USA Basketball to lead the US team of high school seniors against a team of international high school aged stars in the USA Basketball Hoops Summit All-Star Game on April 9th at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN. Matthews had the upper hand in this battle of Wisconsin star players as he led Memorial to the title while scoring 29 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Landry led Vincent with 21 points and 8 rebounds. The two stars certainly put on a show and gave the state's college fans something to look forward to for the next four years in the annual Marquette-Wisconsin rivalry game. Matthews led Memorial to the state title with a 24-2 record and averaged 22.5 points per game on the season. On Easter Sunday, March 27th, Wisconsin's Mr. Basketball winner will be announced with Matthews and Landry being leading candidates for that title. After winning the battle for the State Championship, Matthews could be the favorite for the award. These two players appear to be headed for outstanding basketball careers as Marquette joins the Big East in 2005 and Wisconsin may again challenge for the Big Ten title.
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