Central Boys Blast Lafayette, Will Play for 1st State Title

(Springfield) The 4th ranked Central Rebels boys will play for the first boys basketball championship in school history. Central took down Lafayette of St. Joseph 82-57 in the Class 4 semifinal Thursday afternoon in Springfield on J-98. Central blew it open early. They raced to a 14-4 lead after just a few minutes, and then pushed the lead to 14 a few minutes later….

The Rebels led 29-12 after one. They pushed the lead all the way out to 27 in the first half and led 47-23 at the break.
By the end of the third Central had the mercy clocking moving with a 30 point lead…

Jobe Bryant stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six steals. Mason Williams scored 16 and Caden Casey added 15.
Central coach Brad Gross says everything about his team told him that they were ready…

Defense has led the way for the Rebels this year. The semifinal was no exception…

The Rebels dominated every category. They shot 60% and held the Fighting Irish to 38%. The Rebels outrebounded them 38 to 17.
Camden Bennett scored 20 for Lafayette.

The 28-3 Rebels will play for the Class 4 state title Friday at 2:00 against #1 Vashon or #6 Father Tolton. In their only other final four appearance Central finished 3rd in 1976. We’ll be on the air with the championship Fliegs Equipment Pregame Show at 1:45 on J-98.

Full interview with Brad Gross

Postgame Media Session with Central

Full game audio