(PARK HILLS, Mo.) – The boys semifinals of the MAAA Conference Tournament at Mineral Area College will feature of a pair of rematches between large-school division foes. The evening begins with a renewing of the rivarly between number-four seed Central and top-seeded Farmington. The Knights are currently ranked fifth in the state in Class 4 and are 18-2, but head coach Terry Noble is well aware the Rebels nearly pulled off an upset in the first meeting of the season.
Despite that 49-45 loss, Central has been in a groove with three straight wins, including a 59-42 victory over Ste. Genevieve in the quarterfinals Monday night. Rebels head man Adam Barton said the streak that snapped a six-game losing skid has been about going back to basics.
The second semifinal of the night features the second-seeded Potosi Trojans facing the third-seeded North County Raiders. These two teams met just 10 days ago, with Potosi earning a 61-54 win. Despite the 9-10 overall record, Trojans head coach Brett Hale said some improved post scoring has led to a nice run in conference play.
North County had to come from behind against Fredericktown in the quarterfinals Tuesday, but came away with a 54-53 win. Now at 12-9, Raiders head coach Jimmy Palmer said they hope to keep up with Potosi’s offense.
The boys semifinals in the MAAA Conference Tournament will tip off at 7 p.m. Friday. The Flieg’s Equipment Pregame Show will begin at 6:45 p.m. on J-98.