Kirksville, Centralia, Brookfield, and Mexico all advanced to the Macon Tournament boys semifinals Tuesday.
The Brookfield Bulldogs defeated the tournament hosts 53-47 in the final contest of the evening. The Bulldogs surrendered a 28-22 lead at the half as the Tigers ended up taking a 45-40 lead off a series of and-ones in the fourth quarter. Brookfield senior Cooper Cisna answered the call to Macon midway through the fourth quarter.
Scott Lunte with the call on Superstation KRES and centralmoinfo.com. The Bulldogs preserved the lead the rest of the way and made free throws down the stretch. Prior to the game, Brookfield was caught in traffic from an accident on Highway 36. As a result, the start of the game was delayed by about 35 minutes. When the Bulldogs arrived, they hopped off the bus, had a quick warm-up, and then took a 21-8 lead after the first quarter. First-year coach Carey Davison was proud of the adversity his team faced all evening.
Cisna scored 16 for the 10-4 Bulldogs, while Macon drops to 3-12. Freshman Boston Douglas scored a team-high nine points. Brookfield plays Centralia in the semifinals while Macon meets Moberly in a consolation game.
Centralia topped Moberly 74-42 in the two-seven game. The Panthers outscored the Spartans 23-8 in the third quarter.
Eric Duick with the calls as 10-3 Centralia ballooned its lead in the back half of the third. Panthers head coach Scott Humphrey received 25 bench points.
Grant Erisman averaged two points before the sophomore provided 12 Tuesday. Guy Moran paced the Panthers with a game-high 21. Spartans head coach Cord Hagedorn evaluated 2-11 Moberly’s difficulties.
Hagedorn’s sophomore guard Jaisten Payne guided Moberly with 10.
Mexico defeated Harrisburg 64-52 in the first contest. Sophomore Isaiah Reams led the way with 15 points, and also sparked the team’s defense. Mexico forced several turnovers on Harrisburg’s passes, and it resulted in transition points. Mexico coach Darren Pappas analyzed his team’s first half pressure.
Harrisburg’s Tanner Lanes scored a game-high 23 points as the Bulldogs drop to 7-8. 5-8 Mexico faces top-seeded Kirksville in the semifinals.
Kirksville defeated Marceline 66-27. Kirksville head coach Tyler Martin preached a fast start pregame, and the 12-1 Tigers responded.
Both Noah Copeland and Cody Bryant scored 14 points as Kirksville won its ninth straight game. Sam Gillman and Will Heller paced 4-9 Marceline with six points each.
Coverage of the Macon Tournament continues Wednesday with the girls semifinal games at 5:50pm on KRES.
Hear full postgame interviews from the boys quarterfinal games below:
Brookfield coach Carey Davison:
Centralia coach Scott Humphrey:
Mexico coach Darren Pappas:
Kirksville coach Tyler Martin:
Macon coach Dale Devenport:
Moberly coach Cord Hagedorn:
Harrisburg coach Kyle Fisher:
Marceline coach Jordan Aulbur: