The Salisbury and Harrisburg boys advanced to the district championship with victories at New Franklin Wednesday night.
Top-seeded Salisbury defeated Slater 58-53. The Panthers trailed 47-32 with two minutes left in the third quarter.
Eric Duick with the calls on 99.9 The Captain and centralmoinfo.com. Second-ranked Salisbury tied it early in the fourth, then trailed by four before it tied the game again inside three minutes. Salisbury snapped the tie at the free throw line. Panthers head coach Kenny Wyatt praised his seniors after his 700th career win.
Seniors Grant Biere and Gavin Cobb provided 18 and 16 points, respectively. The Wildcats led 35-22 at half. Slater head coach Dillon Yung addressed Salisbury’s comeback.
Slater freshman Brandon Terrill totaled 21 points. The Wildcats ended 16-10. Salisbury sits 22-2 ahead of the district championship.
Harrisburg outlasted Westran 54-50. Senior Tanner Lanes scored all 14 of his points in the second half.
Westran jumped to a 17-7 lead and later entered the fourth with a 40-39 advantage. Kyle Fisher’s 21-7 Bulldogs closed each of the first three quarters with a buzzer beater.
Brayton Stephenson scored 11 and shined defensively against Westran’s likely All-Stater Langden Kitchen, who managed 13 points. Hornets head coach Chris Sander assessed the loss.
Senior Leyton Bain paced 24-4 Westran with 16. The Hornets tied for the second-most wins in program history. Pregame coverage of the district championship between Salisbury and Harrisburg starts at 12:45pm Saturday on KIRK. Hear full postgame interviews with the four head coaches below.
Salisbury coach Kenny Wyatt:
Slater coach Dillon Yung:
Harrisburg coach Kyle Fisher:
Westran coach Chris Sander: