Centralia Orphans Make Semi-Finals Of Holiday Tournament; Salem Drops Second GameThe Centralia Orphans have advanced to the championship semi-finals of the 71st Annual Centralia Holiday Tournament. They will meet Champaign Central at two Saturday afternoon to determine who advances to the championship game Saturday night. The other semifinal at 12:30 Saturday afternoon will feature O'Fallon against Alton.
Centralia advanced with a 61 to 33 win over Belleville West. Centralia jumped to an early 12-point lead in the first half, but saw it fall to just three points early in the third quarter (23-20) before going on a 13-0 run to pull away for good. Chase Alcorn, Jake Wood and Tyriq Billberry hit three point shots in a row during the run. Centralia hit 8 of 17 three-point shots during the game. Ryan Obermeier led the Orphans in the game with 12 points. Jerod Simmons-Young and Wood had 11 apiece and Alcorn had ten.
Champaign advanced to the semi-finals by handing Madison Prep its first loss of the year, 47 to 46. Champaign's Wesley Dee hit a three pointer from 22 feet out as the horn sounded to end the game to take the victory away from Madison Prep.
In the other championship semi-final games, O'Fallon beat Cahokia 57 to 50 and Alton took Raleigh Egypt, Tennessee 66 to 62.
The Salem Wildcats dropped their second game of the 71st annual Centralia Holiday Tournament 62-45. The Wildcats were plagued by the turnover bug as they had 28 in 32 minutes. Chase Mercer led Salem in scoring with 18 and Nick Conklin had 14. Salem drops to 3-7 overall but the worse news may be the loss of Senior Joey Tolliver after what appeared to be a significant shoulder injury. Tolliver collided with one of the players from Jacksonville and immediately grabbed his shoulder. No official word yet on the injury.
Salem will play Memphis, Tennessee Kirby at 1 Saturday afternoon in the Centralia High School Annex. Memphis Kirby fell in their consolation bracket game on Friday to Burbank St. Laurence 51 to 40.
In other Holiday Tournament consolation bracket action, Blue Island Eisenhower beat Christian County, Kentucky 78 to 67 and Chicago Marist beat Addison Trail 60 to 38.
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