Willard, Hartville, Nixa and Rogersville have advanced to the semifinals in the Blue Division at the 74th Annual Greenwood Blue and Gold Basketball Tournament in Springfield.
Winner’s bracket games are taking place at JQH Arena, with the consolation bracket contests at Hammons Student Center.
(6) Rogersville 50, Bolivar 43:
The Wildcats won a game that was tight throughout. The Liberators took the lead early, going up 11-10 after one quarter.
Rogersville took a 27-23 lead at halftime, but the Liberators stayed within single digits much of the second half.
Bolivar tied the contest at 40-40 in the fourth quarter, but the Wildcats went on an 8-0 run as Kanon Gipson hit some big free throws down the stretch.
The Liberators got within six, 49-43, but couldn’t get a three pointer to fall in the closing minute.
Gipson’s 16 points led the Wildcats, and Cade Blevins added 15.
Hunter Berry and Kyle Pock had 17 points each to lead Bolivar.
(2) Nixa 46, (7) Crane 45:
The Eagles win a thriller that wasn’t decided until the final horn. The Eagles went up 25-16 at the half, but the Pirates went on a 14-2 run to start the third quarter.
Crane took a 34-31 lead into the final period, then extended the margin to eight points, 41-33, with just over five minutes left in regulation.
But the Eagles came back, pulling within a point, 44-43, when Jason Jones drained two free throws with 1:19 remaining.
Kaleb Wofford hit the eventual game winner, a three pointer that put the Eagles back in front 46-44.
The Pirates pulled within a point, 46-45, with 41 seconds remaining on a free throw.
The Pirates defense forced a ten second count against Nixa with 22 seconds remaining, giving the ball back to Crane with a chance to win it.
But Isaiah Smith missed an off balance shot as the buzzer sounded to preserve the win for Nixa.
Smith finished with 16 points to lead Crane, while Jones led the Eagles with 16.
(4) Hartville 55, Branson 25:
The Eagles dominated, holding Branson to 12 points in the first half and 14 at the end of the third quarter.
Brady Ward scored 14 points to lead the Eagles, with Colton Cooper’s seven points tops for the Pirates.
(#1) Willard 67, (8) Clever 44:
The Willard Tigers, seeded first in the Blue Division, pulled away in the second half and defeated the Clever Blue Jays 67-44.
The Tigers led 16-13 after the opening quarter, but extended the margin to 12 points at the half.
Senior Maurice Grayer scored 24 points to lead the Tigers, with Daniel Abreu adding 19.
Taylor Genzler led Clever in scoring with 11 points.
Here are the scores and schedule for Friday’s quarterfinal round games at the Greenwood Blue and Gold Tournament (seeds in parenthesis):
Blue Division Quarterfinals (JQH Arena):
Final: (1) Willard 67, (8) Clever 44
Final: (4) Hartville 55 , Branson 25
Final: (2) Nixa 46, (7) Crane 45
Final: (6) Rogersville 50, (3) Bolivar 43
Gold Division Quarterfinals (JQH Arena):
(8) Skyline vs. (1) Springfield Kickapoo 5:00 p.m.
(5) Fair Grove vs. (4) Republic 6:30 p.m.
(7) Strafford vs. (2) Ozark 8:00 p.m.
(6) Mt. Vernon vs. (3) Greenwood 9:30 p.m.
Blue Division Consolation Round (Hammons Center):
Final (2 Overtimes): Ava 81, Springfield Hillcrest 74
Final: (5) Lebanon 46, Marshfield 34
Final: Willow Springs 48, Houston 33
Final: Springfield Catholic 81, Ash Grove 35
Gold Division Consolation Round (Hammons Center):
Reeds Spring vs. Aurora 5:00 p.m.
Buffalo vs. Mountain Grove 6:30 p.m.
Spokane vs. West Plains 8:00 p.m.
Stockton vs. Camdenton 9:30 p.m.