(BUNKER) The Black River League semifinals went all chalk, as the top two seeds will face off in Saturday’s tournament finals. The evening started with a matchup between the top-seed South Iron Panthers taking on the Clearwater Tigers. South Iron led big after the first quarter, but Clearwater clawed back with 20 second quarter points.
Charles Robbins was automatic beyond the arc for the Tigers. He finished with 24 points and knocked down four triples in the second quarter. A late technical foul from Clearwater’s bench allowed South Iron to take a four point lead into halftime. The rest of the game was all Panthers.
Burse led South Iron with 22 points. The Panthers would go on to win 71-46, but head coach Dusty Dinkins says his team was a tad rusty.
The 3-seed Ellington Whippets faced 2-seed Bunker next to determine South Iron’s championship opponent. The Whippets only had six players available, and the Eagles started off hot.
The Eagles never trailed, and took a double digit lead into the half. The second half would mirror the first.
Ashton Soard’s three pointer was one of six he had for the night. He would be named Applebee’s of Farmington Player of the Game, finishing with a game high 22 points. Bunker would roll to a 66-46 win, and Eagles head coach Rod Gorman was asked about some of the biggest keys to the victory.
The 2-seed Bunker Eagles look to win the Black River League Tournament championship Saturday night as they will face the top seed South Iron Panthers on their home court. We’ll broadcast that game along with the girls bracket championship between East Carter and Bunker Saturday afternoon on J-98 the Boot. Coverage begins around 4:15 with the tip-off scheduled for 4:30.
Full interview with South Iron Head Coach Dusty Dinkins
Full interview with Bunker Head Coach Rod Gorman
Full Game Audio: South Iron vs Clearwater
Full Game Audio: Bunker vs Ellington