A day after their sister squad secured their berth in the finals, the top-seeded Greyhounds advanced with a convincing 62-39 semifinal victory Thursday over No. 4 Chilhowee.
Sweet Springs junior Jacob Schowengerdt was nearly unstoppable, recording his second-highest tally of the season with 30 points. He had 14 of those during the first half as the Greyhounds took a 12-point lead, then helped secure the victory by sinking six straight free throws down the stretch.
Seniors Dillon Anstine and Matt West each scored nine points to top the Indians (10-5), who were out-shot from the field 52.8 to 29.3 percent.
Junior Jeffery Hall had 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Sweet Springs (12-6), which forced 25 turnovers.
Saturday's championship will be a rematch of last year's, when Crest Ridge defeated the 'Hounds, 75-61. The two I-70 Conference rivals will also meet in the girls' title showdown.
BUNCETON -- Malta Bend nearly doubled its season scoring average, but couldn't keep pace Bunceton during a 63-50 pool loss in the CCAA Tournament.
Junior Kyler Tucker scored seven of his 16 points during the first quarter and senior Ashton Campbell had 10 of his 15 points in the second as the Dragons took a 43-21 lead into halftime.
Sophomore Aaron Clevenger totally a game-high 20 points off the bench for Bunceton (6-9), which meets Prairie Home for third place Saturday.
The Tigers (1-15) got 13 points from sophomore Tyler Jenkins and 10 each from freshman Trent Horn and sophomore Arthur Dunkle. They play in the consolation final Saturday against Higbee.
BUNCETON -- Freshman Mackenzie Strother rang up 16 points Thursday to lead Jamestown into the girls' championship clash with the host team of the CCAA Tournament at Bunceton with a 54-23 victory over Malta Bend.
Strother scored eight points in the first quarter and six more in the second to help stake the Lady Eagles to a 36-11 lead at the break. Jamestown (9-8) also got 12 points from freshman Lexi Muri.
Sophomore Kayla Kiehl had 12 points to pace the Lady Tigers (0-14), who meet Higbee for the consolation trophy Saturday.