Greenwood Blue And Gold Tournament Semifinals Coverage
The Nixa Eagles are in the Blue Division finals at the 72nd Annual Greenwood Blue and Gold Basketball Tournament in Springfield.
Nixa 54, Mt. Vernon 35
Nixa, seeded first in the Blue, downed Mt. Vernon Thursday at JQH Arena.
The Eagles took an 8-7 lead after one quarter, but Mt. Vernon played tough in the first half as Nixa took a 23-16 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Mountaineers tied the game 29-29 with just under two and a half minutes left in the third quarter, but the Eagles began to dominate, going on an amazing 18-0 run.
Mt. Vernon finally scored again with 2:01 left in regulation, but the contest was decided by then.
Senior Nathan Elmer led the Eagles with 13 points, with Braeden Combs scoring ten.
Nixa will appear in a Blue and Gold championship game for the 19th time in school history, second only to Ozark’s 20 appearances.
Eagles Coach Jay Osborne, already with more wins (68) than any other coach in tournament history, will be trying to match Joplin/Parkwood legend Russ Kaminsky with eight tournament titles.
Nixa will play the winner of the Mountain Grove-Kickapoo game in the Blue Division finals Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
Blue Division Semifinals (JQH Arena):
Final: (1) Nixa 54, (5) Mt. Vernon 35
Half: (2) Mountain Grove 43, (6) Kickapoo 33
Gold Division Semifinals (JQH Arena):
(1) Ozark vs (4) Republic 7:00 p.m.
(2) Catholic vs. (3) Rogersville 8:30 p.m.
Blue Division Consolation Semifinals (Hammons Student Center):
Final: Lebanon 60, (8) Stockton 55
Final: (7) Marshfield 49, Branson 47 (Marshfield’s Drew Cromer hit a shot with 4 seconds left in regulation to win it for the Blue Jays)
Blue Division Fifth Place Semifinals (Hammons Student Center):
Final: (4) Hartville 60, Reeds Spring 48
Final: (3) Strafford 60, Willow Springs 41
Gold Division Consolation Semifinals (Hammons Student Center):
Final: Hillcrest 81, Hollister 61
Crane vs. Fair Grove 5:30 p.m.
Gold Division Fifth Place Semifinals (Hammons Student Center):
(8) Clever vs. West Plains 7:00 p.m.
(7) Willard vs. Bolivar 8:30 p.m.