#6 Bishop Brossart 58 #3 Robertson County 54 (OT)
The Black Devils led almost the entire game, but they faltered down the stretch. Ethan Eilerman hit a 3-pointer with 2 seconds remaining to force overtime, despite the Black Devils still having a foul to give. The Mustangs consistently went to Eilerman in the 4th quarter and he delivered. He finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Carson Schirmer hit 4 key free throws late in overtime, including a pair to ice the game.
Brandon Dice had a great game for Robertson County. He was able to get to the rim with ease and finished with 21 points. Justin Becker had 14 for the Black Devils. Bishop Brossart fouled Robertson County three times late in regulation. Becker missed the front end twice, then hit a pair of free throws to put the Black Devils up 3, before Eilermanís shot forced overtime.
#1 George Rogers Clark 81 #8 Augusta 41
Augusta got off to a 5-0 lead, but George Rogers Clark turned up the heat and put the game away quickly. Jared Wellman had 18, Jerone Morton 17 and Lincoln Bush continued to be a beast on the glass, posting 12 points and 17 rebounds. Wellman has been shooting great from 3-point range all postseason. Augusta was outmatched but battled to the end. Kason Hinson finished with 15 points and 10 boards.
#2 Montgomery County 52 #5 Mason County 51
The Indians found themselves in a double-digit deficit with their top two players (Hagan Harrison and Rickey Lovette) on the bench with 2 fouls. But their quick lineup was able to bother Mason County and keep the Indians in the game going into halftime. Brandon Dyer hit a jump shot in the lane with 1:45 remaining to give the Indians a 3-point lead. Mason County later cut it to 1 and had a chance to take the lead but ended up missing a wide-open layup with 30 seconds remaining. The Royals then stole the ball and had a chance to win, but Carson Brammerís open 3-pointer rimmed out and the Royals were not able to secure the rebound. Hagan Harrison led the Indians with 15 points. Zach Benton had 7 points 3 blocks and 6 assists, including a nice behind the back assist in transition. He fouled out near the end of the game. Dyer finished with 11 points. Alex Schalch had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Mason County. Braden May and Brammer each finished with 11. Tyrell Henry struggled with foul trouble all game and ended up fouling out.
#4 Campbell County 48 #7 Pendleton County 33
Campbell Countyís Jordan Gross had 24 points and 8 rebounds. He was the difference in the game. Pendleton County took the lead midway through the 3rd quarter, but just didnít have enough offense down the stretch. Tredyn Thomas led the Wildcats with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Pendleton County slowed the game down and the Camels did not look sharp, other than the good game from Gross. Garrett Beiting hit 3 of 6 threes and finished with 9 points for Pendleton County. The Camels won the turnover battle 12 to 5.
George Rogers Clark (26-7) vs Bishop Brossart (25-6) Monday, March 9 at GRC - 6 p.m.
GRC is the favorite to win the region. Offensively, they have relied on their big three of Jerone Morton, (17 ppg), Jared Wellman (16 ppg) and Lincoln Bush (14 ppg, 13 rpg) all season. KJ Rucker pitches in 11 points per game and provides solid perimeter defense. I expect the Cardinals to focus their defense on Bishop Brossartís Ethan Eilerman. Expect the Mustangs to slow down the game and rely on Eilerman (20 ppg), Schirmer (15 ppg) and Verst (12 ppg). David Govan will need to try to grab some rebounds away from Bush.
Montgomery County (21-12) vs Campbell County (18-14) Monday, March 9 at GRC Ė 7:30 p.m.
Montgomery County has fallen behind in their last three games. They come in as a slight favorite tonight but will need to start strong. Hagan Harrison (18 ppg) has been a scoring machine lately and Rickey Lovette (13 ppg, 9 rpg) changes the game on both ends of the court. Brandon Dyer (8 ppg) makes winning plays and provides 3-point shooting and Austin Eichenberger (9 ppg) has been a steadying presence at point guard, often playing 30 plus minutes a game. Campbell County has a strong showing in the postseason so far. Jordan Gross (16 ppg) has been scoring at an impressive rate. He is a good shooter from deep as is Garrett Beiting (9 ppg). Dane Hegyi (16 ppg) leads the Camels in scoring.
The finals will be played on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Note the rankings are based on the 8 team rankings I did when I previewed the 10th region tournament last week.