2017 Game 14 Recap:  Central vs. Monmouth-Roseville

Box Score

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 points.

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 offensively.

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 play.

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.

Brian Sullivan
December 29, 2017
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