Blue and Gold Tournament Quarterfinals–Gold Division
Springfield Catholic, and Republic are headed to the semifinals at the 72nd Annual Greenwood Blue and Gold Tournament in Springfield.
Catholic 71, Willard 41
The Fightin’ Irish are in the semifinals of the Blue and Gold for the first time since 1993, downing the Willard Tigers 71-41 at JQH Arena.
Willard and Catholic were tied 13-13 after one quarter, but the Irish went up 32-22 at the half.
The Tigers pulled within four of the lead, 38-34, in the third quarter, but the Irish went on a 29-4 run that put the game away.
Charlie O’Reilly’s 18 points led the way for Catholic, with Mike Manzardo putting in 17 and Ian Cochran adding 16 points for the Irish.
Daniel Abreu’s 13 points were tops for the Tigers.
Republic 53, West Plains 40
The Tigers held the Zizzers to two points in the second period, going up 22-14 at the half and extending the lead to 17 after three quarters.
Broc Smith scored 18 points to lead the Tigers.
Republic heads to the semifinals of the Blue and Gold for the 23rd time in school history, and the Tigers move ahead of Lebanon into the top five list for tournament games won with 90.
Ozark 79, Clever 50
The #1 seed in the Gold Division outscored Clever 28-9 in the third period to pull away from the Blue Jays after leading by only two points for the first eight minutes of the contest.
Quinn Nelson had 23 points for the Tigers, leading all scorers.
Here are the scores from Wednesday’s Blue and Gold Tournament second round:
Blue Division Quarterfinals (JQH Arena):
Final: (1) Nixa 73, Reeds Spring 45
Final: (5) Mt. Vernon 62, (4) Hartville 56
Final: (2) Mountain Grove 72, Willow Springs 51
Final: (6) Kickapoo 61, (3) Strafford 53
Gold Division Quarterfinals (JQH Arena):
Final: (1) Ozark 79, (8) Clever 50
Final: (4) Republic 53, West Plains 40
Final: (2) Catholic 71, (7) Willard 41
Bolivar vs. (3) Rogersville 9:30 p.m.
Blue Division Consolation Quarterfinals (Hammons Student Center):
Final: (8) Stockton 64, Skyline 45
Final: Lebanon 57, Camdenton 52 (Lebanon’s Quenton Shelton scores 25 points)
Final: (7) Marshfield 63, Buffalo 54 (Marshfield’s Triston Letterman scores 26 points)
Final: Branson 58, Ava 39
Gold Division Consolation Quarterfinals (Hammons Student Center):
Final: Hollister 61, Greenwood 30
Final: Hillcrest 63, (5) Mansfield 56
Final: Crane 59, Aurora 50
Fair Grove vs. Spokane 9:30 p.m.
We’ll have scores, game recaps and photos from throughout the tournament at KTTS.com