The Clopton and Lutheran North boys advanced to the state quarterfinals with wins at Korf Gymnasium in Hannibal Monday night.
Clopton edged Canton 47-45 in overtime. Canton had a shot on the final possession.
Austin Ward with the call on Superstation KRES and centralmoinfo.com. Canton led by six in the fourth before a late rally by Clopton. Kain Eivins converted an and one to tie the game at 40 with 30 seconds left. A game-winning shot by Canton fell short with five seconds to go in regulation. Clopton scored the first three points of overtime but the Tigers had an answer.
Canton later hit two free throws to go up 45-43 but a bucket by Clopton’s Tyler Kuntz tied and Cash Eivins knocked down the eventual game-winner with eight seconds remaining in OT. Coach Dalton Armontrout’s Tigers led 11-5 early.
Preston Brewer and Evan Burbridge each scored 14 points. The Hawks got a game-high 15 from Kuntz. Canton ends 18-13; Clopton is 21-8.
South Shelby fell to Lutheran North 56-48. The Cardinals turned an early seven-point deficit into an eight-point lead in the second quarter largely thanks to the hot hand of Chance Rainey.
Rainey shot under 30 percent from distance in the regular season and ended with four threes and a game-high 20 points. South led 27-23 at half and went back-and-forth in the third until the last bucket of the quarter gave Lutheran the lead for good. Coach Kent O’Laughlin…
The Cardinals close the season 16-13 after getting off to a 4-9 start.
Lutheran North was led by Jameer Cretter’s 14 points. Bryce Spiller put in 13 and Davell Long contributed 12. The Crusaders improve to 18-10 and oppose Cole Camp in the quarterfinals.
Canton coach Dalton Armontrout:
South Shelby coach Kent O’Laughlin: