(HILLSBORO) The 2-seed Central Rebels and 3-seed Eureka Wildcats picked up wins over Seckman and DeSoto on Day 2 of the Gene Steighorst Tournament on KJFF.

The Rebels beat the 7th-seeded Jaguars in the first game of the night 69-36 behind 19 points from Breven McMullen and 16 from Jake Casey. The highlight of the night though belonged to Central senior forward Jeremy Jones who was tough on the glass all night.

Jones finished the game with 8 points, all of them coming in the 3rd quarter. At the half, Central head coach Adam Barton turned to Jeremy and asked him to step up his game a little bit more, and he did.

Central improves to 2-1 and will face Eureka in the semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m.

Speaking of the Wildcats, they beat 6-seed DeSoto 65-42 in the 2nd game of the night behind 22 points from Avery Taggart and 15 from Antonio Sanders. The Gilster Mary Lee Play of the Game though belonged to DeSoto’s Nick Krodinger.

DeSoto head coach Zeb Hammond praised Krodinger for the four-point play but says he needs more plays just like that on a consistent basis.

Krodinger finished with 15 points and Clayton Snudden led the Dragons with 16. The loss puts DeSoto into the Consolation Semis and they will play Seckman Wednesday night at 7. Again, for a spot in the Gene Steighorst championship game, Central and Eureka will face off Friday night at 7 on AM 800 KREI.

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