A pair of the area’s three boys teams advanced in the winners’ bracket of the Centralia Invitational.
Tuesday night the Hallsville Indians and Centralia Panthers won their respective games.
Sturgeon lost their opening game, moving into the consolation bracket.
Centralia beat Harrisburg, 78-71.
The Panthers’ leading scorers were: Martin Yund, with 23 points, John Durant, with 22 and Peyton Davis with 11.
Harrisburg was led by Kade Combs with a game-high 26.
Hallsville beat Macon 94-69 and statistics from that game are not yet available.
Centralia started slow against Harrisburg, finishing the first quarter behind 18-13.
They closed in, but never caught the Bulldogs in the second, finishing the half behind one point, 30-29.
“Martin Yund came off the bench and gave us tremendous second and third quarters,” said Centralia Panthers Head Coach Scott Humphrey.
He also complimented Davis’ ability to “get the ball where it needed to be.”
Davis provided several late-game highlights with at least three second-half mid-court steal and dunk combinations.
“That’s what we’re practicing for,” Humphrey said, “fast and aggressive.”
Harrisburg Head Coach Kyle Fisher said the aggressiveness, as well as Durant’s play at point guard unbalanced the Bulldogs after their initial success and they never really got their game back.
In Sturgeon’s loss to Boonville, Kenny Stone led Sturgeon with 14 points, followed by Jake Snider with 10 and Ethan Williams with six.
Avery Reardon led Boonville with a game-high 17 points.
While Sturgeon started the game with five unanswered points, Boonville quickly took over by the seven-minute mark of the first.
Turnovers seemed to be a factor in Sturgeon’s loss.
Sturgeon head coach Mike Smith attributed some of that to his team’s youth and said the goal for every game is to show improvement.
Boonville Head Coach Jesse Oswald said one of his team’s goals was to use a pressure man defense to cause those turnovers, once they had figured out how to control Stone’s scoring.
“He was the key, once we had him locked we were able to take control.”
The teams play again Thursday night.
Hallsville plays North Callaway at 6 p.m.
Centralia Plays Boonville at 7:30 p.m.
Sturgeon plays Harrisburg at 9 p.m.