MARSEILLES — St. Bede cruised to an easy 79-66 victory over long-time rival Marquette, while Putnam County needed double overtime to top Peoria Heights 58-56 in the quarterfinals of the Marseilles Holiday Tournament on Thursday.
The No. 2-seeded Bruins will play No. 3 Lexington in the first semifinal at 6:30 tonight and the No. 5 Panthers play No. 1 Kewanee at 8 tonight.
St. Bede 79, Marquette 66
The Bruins never trailed in their quarterfinal matchup as senior Brad Groleau drained two early 3-pointers to help St. Bede take an 8-2 lead.
Damin Smith drove into lane and hit a pair of baskets and the St. Bede defense forced seven turnovers in the opening eight minutes to take a 16-8 lead.
Elliot Kowalski had a big night for the Crusaders, and he hit two baskets in the paint to cut Marquette’s deficit to 16-12.
From that point on it was all Bruins (10-3).
St. Bede center Joe Pyszka was 6-of-8 from the field in the second quarter and Smith added nine more points as St. Bede led 39-21 at halftime.
Kowalski continued his strong effort in the third quarter, tallying up 10 more points, but the Bruins countered once again with their big three and stretched their lead to 56-36 heading into the final quarter.
Pyszka led all scorers with 25, followed by Groleau with 24 and Smith with 22.
“We had three guys with 22-plus. Boy, they were good tonight,” Kilmartin said. “We had more good things than bad things. Obviously, free throw shooting was one of the bad things and we fouled too much and put them on the line when we had the lead, but we played hard, made good passes and played good defense at times on (Curtiss) Johnson. He just made some pretty tough shots.”
Johnson scored 13 of his 21 points in the final eight minutes, but it wasn’t enough as the Bruins came away with the 79-66 victory.
Kowalski finished with 20 points for Marquette (5-7), which will play Flanagan-Cornell at 3:30 p.m. today.
Putnam County 58, Peoria Heights 56, 2 OT
Putnam County led throughout the contest with Peoria Heights, but the Patriots continued to chip away at the Panthers’ lead.
With 8.3 seconds left in the regulation, Cody Veronda sank both of his free throw opportunities to give the Panthers a 43-40 lead.
Peoria Heights raced down the court and called timeout.
The Panthers (9-5) defense was solid, but Zack Wilson squeezed through defenders and nailed a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.
“What a great high school basketball game,” Putnam County coach Josh Nauman said. “We played well, but I thought we forgot how to play a bit when (Peoria Heights) went to that triangle-and-two defense.”
In the first overtime session, Xavier Warren gave the Panthers a three-point lead when he drained a shot behind the arc.
Laurence Henderson picked up a couple of stickbacks to keep the Patriots close.
Harold Fay hit 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the first overtime overtime with the last two giving the Panthers a 54-52 lead with 22.9 second left.
That left plenty of time for Peoria Heights to set up a play.
Tim Todd used his speed to drive and hit a runner in the lane to once again tie the game.
Veronda stormed ahead and got a clean shot from behind the arc, but his shot rimmed off sending the game into a second overtime.
The Panthers hit four free throws in the second overtime and their defense allowed just one basket to take the victory 58-56.
Fay led all scorers with 17 points, while Veronda added 15 and Warren added 14.
Woodland 76, LaMoille-Ohio 54
Brandon Morris scored 14 points and grabbed a game-high 11 points as the Lions fell in the consolation quarterfinals.
L-O trailed just 17-14 after the first quarter but got outscored 16-4 in the second quarter.
Preston Powers scored a team-best 15 points for the Lions, while Julian Gonzalez added 13 points.
L-O (1-12) plays Serena at 9 this morning.
Hartsburg-Emden 59, Leland-Earlville 56
The Panthers led 37-24 at halftime, but the Stags outscored L-E 23-9 in the third quarter to take a 47-46 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Freshmab Colin Bomstad scored a team-best 17 points for the Panthers, while Nolan Baumbach added 11 points.
L-E (3-10) plays Gardner-South Wilmington at 10:30 this morning.
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