East beats Middleton in WIAA boys basketball

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The Madison East Purgolders won a regional championship in a 56-53 win over the Middleton Cardinals at the East gym Tuesday night.

The game was postponed Saturday and played Tuesday.

East built a 14-point lead in the second half before Middleton rallied.

The Cardinals outscored East 26-17 in the fourth quarter and pulled to within a point but the Purgolders hit a number of key free throws to secure the win.

Middleton ends its season with a 17-6 overall record.

East moves to 17-6 and will play Verona at Sun Prairie Thursday night at 7 in the sectional semifinals.