Camp Pt Central Team Info
Monmouth-Roseville Team Info
It is officially time for anyone thinking
Camp Point Central was a year away from contending for the
school’s first even Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament to reverse
course. The young Panthers are headed to the semifinals for the
first time in 49 years, and the first time ever as a participant
in the 16-team format.
Central (7-4), which boasts a starting
lineup devoid of any seniors, never trailed in a 50-39 victory
over their West Central Conference rivals from
Monmouth-Roseville (7-5). Making the triumph even sweeter is the
fact that Central had just lost to the Titans a week ago by 13
Central held Monmouth-Roseville to 20
percent (4-for-20) field goal shooting in the opening half,
including only two points in the first quarter. Meanwhile,
sophomore guard Bryce Long was having a breakout performance
Long and junior forward Hayden Neisen
were the only Panthers to score before intermission, recording
eight points apiece. It was all they would need. Long kept the
heat on in the second half, pouring on 13 more for a total of 21
on the night. Neisen finished with 15 points and 13 boards as
the two combined for 15-for-21 shooting from the field.
While Central was trying to end a lengthy
drought, No. 4 seed Monmouth-Roseville has become a regular in
the semis, having been there four times in the last six
tournaments. But despite trailing just 16-10 at the break, the
Titans just could not find the same gear they had in the second
half of their victory in the first round over Liberty.
Jamonny Skinner’s basket early in the
third quarter got M-R back within six, but Central responded
with an 11-2 flurry pushing the lead to 29-14.
Still down by 14 with less than three
minutes remaining, Monmouth-Roseville launched one last-ditch
effort. A three-points and two free throws by Jensen Wollbrink
closed a 9-1 run, closing the gap to 45-39 with 51 seconds to
But once again, it was Long, who sneaked
behind the defense for a wide open lay up for one last
back-breaking basket for Central.
The Panthers will face off with Abingdon-Avon Saturday at 1:00
pm, while Monmouth-Roseville will play Farmington at 9:00 am in
the fifth place bracket.
December 29, 2017