2018 Game 22 Recap:  Eureka vs. Camp Point Central

Box Score

Eureka Team Info
Camp Point Central Team Info


After blowing out their opponents in the first and second rounds, the Hornets of Eureka (12-4) were hoping for more of the same.  Camp Point Central’s Panthers (9-4) have been slowing teams down in this tournament, so they did more of the same.  Unfortunately for the Panthers, they just couldn’t get their shots to fall (19% FG) and Eureka would go on to win a convincing semifinal by a score of 43-25.

Eureka didn’t exactly shoot the lights out either (35% FG), but they out-rebounded the Panthers 39-20 and dominated the paint (20-8).  The Hornets also received 14 of their points off the bench compared to only two for Central.  At one point, Central was stuck on 17 points from the 1:26 mark left in the 3rd quarter all the way until 1:59 left in the 4th quarter.  During this time, the Panthers missed 12 consecutive shots and went from down 22-17 to down 30-17.  Central would get hot in the final 2 minutes, scoring eight quick points…but by then it was too little, too late.

Eureka was led in scoring by Brady Krile’s eight points.  Matt Martin had seven points, and Alex Brittain and Trevor Heffren each added six.  Alex Brittain and Matt Martin both had a game-high nine rebounds in the effort.  Keegan Zimmerman, who had previously scored 35 in the Hornets’ last game, was limited to five points and five rebounds.

Camp Point Central was led in both scoring and rebounding by Lane Ippensen, who had nine and seven, respectively.  Ippensen also had the team’s only two blocks.  Hayden Neisen pitched in six points and Jalan Vance added five of his own to go along with a couple of assists.

Eureka advances to the title game, where they will attempt to spoil West Hancock’s quest for a repeat championship.  That game will be the last game of the day, at 9:30 pm.  Central will take on Monmouth-Roseville for 3rd place in the 8:00 pm game.

Chris Derry
December 29, 2018
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