Columbia sophomores top Freeburg

News-DemocratMarch 4, 2014 

Here is a look at some of the other regional games played in Class 3A and 4A in the metro-east:

Class 3A Althoff Regional

Columbia 65, Freeburg 56

Before Tuesday, Columbia was 7-20 and had lost eight straight games. None of that matters as the Eagles (8-20) upset Freeburg to advance to the regional semifinals, despite losing to Freeburg in three of the previous four meetings.

Using five sophomore starters for the first time all season, the Eagles posted their first Class 3A regional win in Columbia history. They will face top-seeded Cahokia in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Sophomore Ryan Gudeman led the way for Columbia with 25 points, five rebounds, five steals and five assists. He hit a big 3-pointer with 1:33 remaining to break a 55-55 tie.

Columbia also got 10 points from Cole Foster.

Freeburg senior Justin Diecker scored a game-high 26 points before fouling out 5:12 remaining with his team trailing by six. The Midgets (16-11) also got 11 points from Jack Kemper.

After taking a 55-53 lead with 3:53 remaining, but had only two points the rest of the way while Columbia took control.

Class 3A Triad Regional

Marquette 49, Highland 47

Deion Lavender nailed a 17-foot jumper at the buzzer as the top-seeded Explorers moved into the title game with a win over Highland.

Lavender led all scorers with 30 points as Marquette movevics into the title game where it will play Jerseyville.

The Panthers nipped Civic Memorial 51-46 in the other semifinal.

Class 3A Salem Regional

Centralia 64, Mascoutah 25

Jake Wood led a balanced Orphans attack with 15 points as they rolled past the Indians. Brian Pettiford paced Mascoutah with 10 points.

Class 4A Quincy Regional

Edwardsville 51, Granite City 26

The Southwestern Conference champion Tigers got 15 points from Armon Fletcher and 13 from Shawn Roundtree as they rolled past the Warriora.

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