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Hazaert scoring big and Wrightstown winning big

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Wrightstown's Mayson Hazaert has been scoring and leading Wrightstown to victories. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

WRIGHTSTOWN (WLUK) -- Each player on a basketball team has a role and for Mayson Hazaert it's to score.

The Wrightstown senior is averaging 25.6 points per game and is a major reason the Tigers are on pace to win a second straight North Eastern Conference title.

"Mayson's big role on our team is to put up points and he's doing a real nice job of it," coach Cory Haese said.

Hazaert, who also averages 7.7 rebounds per game, is a tough matchup for opponents as he can score from 3-point range (he has 32 3-pointers this season) and can also do damage inside.

"Putting the ball in the basket makes programs and coaches look good," Haese said. "When you have guys that makes shots, and Mayson's one of those guys that makes shots for us. He can can score the basketball.

"Everybody around the area knows that. One of the better finishers around the rim that I've really ever seen and just how he slices and dices and gets to the rim."

Hazaert, who has topped 20 points in 14 of 16 games this season, enjoys being the go-to player.

"It's a good, special feeling to know that I've put in the work and all the time to get myself to be at this point as a player, but obviously I can't do it by myself," he said. "I have four other teammates on the floor with me and 10 other one on the bench. You can't play a sport one on five so having teammates like that to give me the opportunities like that is great."

Hazaert scored his 1,000th career point Tuesday and he's within reach of the program's all-time leading scorer, Zac Haese, who has 1,181 career points. He could get there, but Hazaert is more focused on leading his team to the state tournament.

Even though Hazaert will go down as one of the program's best players, leading the team to its first state tournament appearance is what's most important.

"Every team's goal going into the year is to make it to the Kohl Center and get to state and obviously in Wrightstown we've had a lot of good teams the past 10 years but a lot of teams got to sectionals but couldn't get over that hump to get into state," the UW-Stevens Point recruit said. "If we were able to do that, get those wins and get to the Kohl Center that's probably going to be the best feeling of all."

With Hazaert taking shots the Tigers have a chance.

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