At the Class 3A Waterloo Regional, Columbia topped Civic Memorial 55-39 on Wednesday to advance to the championship game.
Senior Jordan Holmes and junior Jon Peterson led the way for the Eagles, scoring 20 and 15 points, respectively.
It was the third time this season that the two teams met. The first game resulted in a loss for Columbia, but it got a narrow 37-36 win in the second meeting.
Columbia (19-11) will face tough competition against undefeated Alton Marquette in the regional championship game Friday.
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Jordan Holmes 20, Jon Peterson 15, Riley Hubler 8, Jacob O’Connor 5, Brennen van Breusegen 5, Cole Khoury 2,
FG-21 (5 3-point FG) FT-8/15 PF-15.
Civic Memorial (39):
JaQuan Adams 14,Caden Clark 13,Bryce Zupan 10,Geoffrey Withers 2,
FG-17 (3 3-point FG) FT-2/6 PF-17.
Okawville knocks out Winchester
Okawville narrowly beat Winchester 45-41 on Wednesday to advance to the Class 1A North Greene Sectional championship.
Okawville trailed by 3 going into the fourth quarter but surged slightly ahead in the last five minutes to seal the win.
Payten Harre scored 18 points, and Luke Hensler pitched in 11 points to help boost the Rockets to the win.
Okawville (23-8) will take on Madison for the sectional championship Friday.
Pinckneyville easily advances to sectional championship game
In a Class 2A Wesclin Sectional semifinal Wednesday, Pinckneyville easily moved past Nashville 55-33 to secure a spot in the sectional title game.
Although the score was tied at 12 at the end of the first quarter, the Panthers picked up momentum to lead by 11 going into halftime. Pickneyville continued to surge ahead as the game continued, not allowing Nashville a chance to regain its footing.
Pinckneyville will play host Wesclin for the sectional championship Friday.
Alton heads to regional championship
Alton topped Chatham Glenwood 62-45 on Wednesday to move on to the regional title game.
The Redbirds led from the start and had a 32-21 lead at the half, and a 49-36 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Alton (16-11) will play Quincy for the Class 4A Quincy Regional championship Friday.