The final round matchups are set at the 37th Bass Pro Tournament of Champions at JQH Arena in Springfield.
The Parkview Vikings won a thriller in the first consolation semifinal game Friday, defeating New Madrid County Central 47-44 in overtime on a buzzer-beating three pointer by Xzavia McArthur.
The game was close throughout, with New Madrid County Central taking an 11-7 lead after one quarter and a 23-21 lead at halftime.
The Vikings trailed by two points at the end of three quarters.
The Eagles’ biggest lead was eight points in the first quarter, with the Vikings’ biggest advantage coming in the second period at three points.
Whitley scored 19 points to lead the Vikings, with Shane Glass grabbing 11 rebounds.
Jadis Jones scored 17 points to pace the Eagles.
Parkview Coach Landon Cornish and his players spoke to the media after the game:
The Nixa Eagles won a 56-53 thriller over the Springfield Catholic Fightin’ Irish in the consolation semifinals.
Catholic beat Nixa in the semifinals of last month’s Blue and Gold Tournament at JQH Arena, but held on for the victory Friday.
Nixa opened up a seven point lead in the second quarter, and took a 26-25 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Catholic went ahead 42-39 after three quarters and led by as many as five points in the fourth quarter before the Eagles took the lead midway through the quarter.
Nixa went up by six, 55-49, with 50 seconds left in regulation, and held a 56-51 advantage with just 29 seconds remaining.
But Liam O’Reilly made a layup with 22 seconds left to cut the margin to three, then after two missed free throws by the Eagles, Catholic had a chance to tie it with a three pointer.
Ty Lyon missed a three point attempt with nine seconds to go, but the Fightin’ Irish got the rebound.
After a couple of time outs, Catholic got the ball in the hands of their leading scorer, Zach Howell, who missed a three pointer at the buzzer.
Jordyn Turner led three Nixa players in double figures with 16 points, with Jaret Nelson scoring 12 and Colin Ruffin 11.
Howell’s 18 points led the way for Catholic.
Here’s the postgame press conference from Nixa Coach Jay Osborne and his players:
Sierra Canyon out of Chatsworth, California is headed to the finals of the TOC after a convincing 81-49 win over Whitney Young (Chicago, IL).
Whitney Young scored the first bucket of the game, but never had a lead after that as the Trailblazers took control early, going up 34-25 at halftime and 49-36 after three quarters.
Amari Bailey picked up a double-double for Sierra Canyon, scoring 20 points and pulling down ten rebounds.
Bronny James, son of NBA legend LeBron James, scored six points for the Trailblazers.
Dalen Davis led the Dolphins with 14 points.
Sierra Canyon forced 24 turnovers and outscored Whitney Young 25-5 in points off turnovers.
Paul VI from Chantilly, Virginia is also in the championship game.
The Panthers pulled out a 55-54 win in overtime over Milton High School from Alpharetta, Georiga.
DeShawn Harris-Smith made two free throws for the Panthers with ten seconds left in OT to win it.
Milton’s Bruce Thornton put up an off-balance three point attempt from beyond the arc at the buzzer that bounced high off the rim and into the arms of Paul VI’s Jaquan Womack as the Panthers celebrated.
Harris-Smith scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Paul VI, while Dug McDaniel added 12 points.
Thornton’s 19 points were tops for Milton.
Neither team led by more than seven points during the contest.
Here are the scores from Friday’s semifinals at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions:
Parkview 47, New Madrid County Central 44 (OT)
Final: Nixa 56, Catholic 53
Winners Bracket Semifinals:
Final: Sierra Canyon 81, Whitney Young 49
Final: Paul VI (Chantilly, VA) 55, Milton (Alpharetta, GA) 54 (OT)
Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s final round of the tournament:
7th Place Game: New Madrid County Central vs. Springfield Catholic 2:30 p.m.
Consolation Final: Springfield Parkview vs. Nixa 4:00 p.m.
3rd Place Game: Whitney Young vs. Milton 7:00 p.m.
Championship Game: Sierra Canyon vs. Paul VI 9:00 p.m.