Central And Hillsboro Boys To Meet In Championship Game Of Central Christmas Tournament

(Park Hills) The boys championship is set at the Central Christmas Tournament. The top seed Central Rebels defeated the four seed Steelville Cardinals 66-41 and the six seed Hillsboro Hawks beat seven seed Potosi 64-31.

Central opened their game with a 10-0 run but Steelville kept the game within reach in the first half. The Rebels led at half 32-22. An 11-2 run for the Rebels to start the second half gave them separation that led to a 25 point victory.

Caden Casey led the Rebels with 20 points and seven rebounds. Jobe Bryant supplied 17 with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Triston Stewart and Zack Boyd gave 10 points each. Kendall Horton had eight rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots and two steals. Coach Brad Gross credits the defense with the hot start…

Landon Mabe scored 15 for Steelville.
Central improves to 9-1. Steelville moves to 8-2 and will face Potosi in the third place game.

Full interview with Brad Gross:


In the second semi the Hillsboro boys stopped Potosi 64-31 to advance to the championship game. A superb defensive effort was bolstered by lights out shooting by Dom Sutton…

Sutton led Hillsboro with 17 points.

Payton Brown, Kieren Jones, and Noah Holland all flirted with double doubles. Brown had 11 points and 8 rebounds, Jones with 9 points and 11 rebounds, and Holland notched 10 points and seven assists. Coach Brian Sucharski says their defense didn’t allow Potosi to make easy plays…

Carter Whitley scored 17 for Potosi.

Hillsboro moves into the title game at 8-2 against Central. The Rebels beat the Hawks by 22 in the Gene Stieghorst tournament semis earlier this year. Potosi goes into the third place game at 9-2 against Steelville, the only other team to beat them.

Full interview with Brian Sucharski:

Full interview with Potosi’s Jackson Conaway:


Full Game Audio:

(1) CENTRAL 66 – (4) Steelville 41


(6) HILLSBORO 64 – (7) Potosi 31


Boys Consolation Side:

(12) FARMINGTON 59 – (8) Herculaneum 58

(10) FRDERICKTOWN 54 – (14) Crystal City 36


5th Place Bracket:

(9) NORTH COUNTY 71 – (5) Ste. Genevieve 58

(2) SOUTH IRON 52 – (3) Festus 51