The Class 3 District 14 boy’s semi-final bracket was played a day later than scheduled due to the weather that rolled in Wednesday night. Both games would see familiar foes clash and set the championship bracket for Saturday night.
In the first contest the St. Paul Lutheran saints faced off against the Lafayette County Huskers who would play out of their element on the home court for the majority of the game.
St. Paul would trade scores in the opening minutes, but quickly began to separate from the Huskers as the forced Lafayette County into uncharacteristic mistakes and turnovers which the Saints would capitalize on. At the end of the half the Huskers were down 32-36 after trailing by as much as 11 in the first half.
The Saints would start to separate again in the third period building their largest lead over the Huskers which was 13 points. That seemed to be when the light went on for the Huskers who would battle back and tie the game with less than a minute to go on a clutch 3 point shot from Cotry Lewis. The Saints got a shot off before the buzzer but it fell to the floor and the game was into overtime with a surging Husker team elated to have battled back from a 13 point deficit.
In overtime the Huskers would play their type of game and go on to win 68-63.
The Saints gave the Huskers all they could handle but fell in the end. St. Paul was led in scoring by junior Elijah Rodewald who put up an amazing 27 point performance in the losing effort. He got 12 points of support from Gerhard Von Zur Muehlen and 10 points from sophomore Peter Lemons.
The Huskers were led by Tyrelle Thirkield who went on to score 29 points breaking the Lafayette Co career point’s record with 1819.
From the opening tip off however the Panthers seemed to be in complete focus while the Spartans seemed outside of themselves. The Panthers forced the Spartans into forced shots and put pressure on Richmond who seemed unable to answer. At the half, the Panthers held a 26-18 lead.
In the second half the Spartans had a couple of good runs to battle back within 6 before eventually falling back into disarray as the Panthers would increase their lead again and go onto a 54-43 victory.
The Spartans were led in scoring by junior Reid Summers who put up 24 points. He made six 3 pointers but it was not enough with the rest of the team struggling in single digit performances.
The Panthers were led by junior Brett Marsh who again played lights out from the foul line going 7/7 and scoring a total of 17 points in the victory. He got support in the form of 13 points from David Barton and 11 from Aaron Hale.
That sets up a championship round with the Huskers facing the only team to defeat them this season; the Knob Noster Panthers. Tip off scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday and broadcast on sister station 103.9 FM and online at 1039the grenade.com.