Friday night frenzy in Owensville Tournament leads to mid-season conference showdown

Hermann's Craig Winkelmann had flames shooting out of his hand in Friday night's semifinal game against Pacific, scoring all of his team's first half 16 points, finishing with a game high 24 points.

Owensville, Mo. – In Friday night’s semifinal games, Hermann’s Craig Winkelmann was blazing hot against Pacific, scoring a game high 24 points, draining four 3’s with defenders hanging all over him.  Despite Winkelmann’s shooting clinic Pacific was too much, sending Hermann into the third place game, picking up their eighth win, 58-41.

In Friday’s second semifinal game between Cuba and Sullivan, it was Sullivan’s forward Seth Mesey who put on the show, scoring a game high 30 points and sending his team past Cuba 77-68.

Cuba’s unconventional style of offense, catch and shoot as fast as possible and full-court, run all over the place defense, had Sullivan down 31-29 at halftime.  Cuba jumped on Sullivan in the third quarter, building a 12-point lead by out scoring the Eagles 16-6 in the first four minutes.

Down 12, Sullivan’s Adam Weiland led the Eagles comeback by scoring 12 of his 17 points in the third quarter as Sullivan forced Cuba into several turnovers off their full-court trap.  Sullivan rallied to tie it up after scoring with seven seconds left to end the third quarter 53-53.

Cuba's Cameron Williams shows off his aerobatics, keeping the ball in play.

Sullivan began pulling away from Cuba by slowing down the tempo and running their half court offense.  Sullivan also was able to get to the free throw line 14 times in the fourth quarter to finish off Cuba, advancing to clash with Pacific on Saturday.

Cuba was perfect from the free throw line, but only made it to the stripe eight times compared to Sullivan hitting 14-19 free throws.

With Friday’s win Sullivan improves to 9-3 while Pacific improves to 8-4.  Over the past two seasons Sullivan has beaten Pacific three out of the four times they have met.

It will be hopping at Owensville High School Saturday night with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.

Hermann will take on Cuba for third place, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

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