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CAPE GIRARDEAU - There were no major surprises in the semifinal round of the seMissourian Christmas Tournament Saturday night as Charleston waxed Oran by 28 and number two seeded Notre Dame squeaked by the Cubs.
Charleston and Notre Dame will play for the championship tonight after a rematch of last year's Class 1A District 2 finals between David Heeb's Bell City Cubs and Coach Mitch Wood's Oran Eagles.
The fifth place game today will pit Cape Central against Jackson's Indians and Woodland and Advance will play for the consolation title.
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Senior Center Kewain Gant also dropped in 13 on the night to further Charleston's cause.
Fatigue could have also been a factor in Oran's defeat as the Eagles could only muster 29 in the final two periods while the Blue Jays put in 43 in the second half.
Sophomore Ashton Farmer, junior Trentez Lane, and senior Deshaundry Hamilton all scored in double figures on the night as well for Charleston.
The Blue Jays will take on Notre Dame's Bulldogs in the championship game tonight at 7:30. The Eagles will take the court against Bell City for the third place title.
The Cubs had their hopes for a Christmas Tournament championship crushed Saturday as the Bulldogs rolled through the semifinals. Notre Dame got 19 points from Matt Wulfers, including four three-pointers, to take the nine point victory.
Bell City's Eric Henry got his usual 20 points, 23 in all, even though he and gaurd Dominitrix Johnson were guarded by a triangle and two all night. Johnson dropped in 10 on the night, including two three pointers.
Notre Dame's offense picked up in the second quarter as they dropped in 23 points, while holding Bell City to only one bucket and some change.
Wayne Essner led the Bulldogs in the final period by hitting two jumpers to include in Notre Dame's 23 point fourth.
The Bulldogs will take on Charleston for the championship at 7:30 p.m. while Bell City will square off against Oran in the third place game at 6:00.
The Rams could be on a losing streak now, as a night after taking their first shot on the chin, Scott City was eliminated from the tournament Saturday by the Indians in overtime.
Scott City was up by seven at the half at 37-30, but they weren't able to hang on.
Jackson used their free throw shooting ability in the extra frame as they went 5-7 from the line and Jeff Beck hit the only basket in the overtime for the win.
Scott City, in the extra period, was only about to get a shot from Walton and two free throws from Schlosser to fall.
The Indians will play for the fifth today against Cape Girardeau. Tip off is set for 4:30.
The Hornets advanced to the ninth place game on Satruday night as they defeated SCCHS by 17, as senior Jared Ritter put in 27 points including two treys.
Advance jumped out early and held the Braves to only three points in the second period, to give the Hornets a commanding 34-18 lead at the half.
After the drive, things simply continued to go Advance's way as Bahr hit three treys one his way to 20 as Advance won.
The Hornets will take on Woodland in the ninth place game today at 3:00 p.m.
Will Johnson was the only major scorer for the Tigers as he dropped in 17 points, but it was Cape Girardeau's free throw shooting that gave them the game.
The Tigers were 34-47 from the free throw line while Kelly was only able to get in three.
Kelly owned the first three quarter of the game, and were only down two going into the fourth, but fatigue quickly set in the final frame and Cape Girardeau simply began to dominate.
Johnson went 8-10 from the free throw line in the final frame for the Tigers in the final while also putting in three baskets to lead Cape Girardeau to the 17 points win.
The Tigers will take on Jackson for the fifth place title at 4:30 p.m. tonight.
The Cardinals and Meadow Heights went to overtime Saturday afternoon, with Woodland eventually coming out on top.
Panther Joey Bell put in a day high 35 points, including three triples, to bring Meadow Heights close, but Bell would foul out, leaving Meadow Heights out in the cold.
Cardinal Alex VanGennip posted 26 points, including two threes to lead Woodland to the six points victory. Luke Johnson was the other major contributor for Woodland as he hit a three on his way to 21.
Woodland will go for their third striaght victory today against the Hornets in the ninth place game. The game is scheduled to be the first of the day and to tip off at 3:00 p.m.