Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City 8th grade basketball team went up against St. Anthony in the St. Elmo 8-2A Regional semi on Tuesday. CHBC bowed out of the season, 44-26.

The game was set from the beginning as St. Anthony went on a 10-1 run. Clayton Wojcik had the only Bobcat point, the second of two free throws. They missed six shots

St. Anthony wasn't much better from the floor, making just one of 8 field goals, but they made 8-of-10 free throws. Adams had the bucket, while Koenig and Bernhard were both 2-of-2 at the line and Roepke was 4-of-6 for the 9-point lead.

After that foul line boost, the two teams played even in the 2nd frame, 9-9. Gage Lorton scored from the floor and then completed a 3-point play at the line. Lorton was fouled and made both free throws. Carson Evans added a two.

St. Anthony scattered their 9 points among four players. Bernhard scored twice. Koenig and Dietzen scored and Ludwig split two free throws to maintain the 9-point lead at the half, 19-10.

CHBC tipped the scales their way in the 3rd with an 11-9 run. Evans scored twice, Wojcik stroked a 3, while Zander Merrifield and Lorton had solo twos. St. Anthony got two buckets from Koenig, a trey from Adams and a two from Brandenburger.

CHBC was down by 7 to start the 4th, 28-21. They were in the ball game, but St. Anthony caught fire in crunch time and launched a 16-5 run to send CHBC home.

Roepke split a pair at the line. Dietzen scored. Koenig scored and Adams scored. Evans dialed in from long distance for CHBC and Wojcik had a deuce.

Down the stretch, after Roepke hit a 3, St. A made 6 foul shots, Roepke was 4-of-4 and Koenig 2-of-2.  

Lorton and Evans led CHBC in the season finale with 9 points, each. Lorton scored a triply of twos and 3-of-3 at the line. Evans scored a trio of twos and a solo triple. Wojcik had a deuce and a trey towards 6 points. 

Koenig and Roepke led St. Anthony with 12 points, each.  Koenig scored 4 twos and 4-of-4 at the line. Roepke made 9-of-12 free throws and a trey. 

The 8th Grade CHBC Bobcats finished the season, 12-11 (7-3 NTC).


St. Elmo 8-2A Semi

St. Anthony 44, CHBC 26

CHBC   1-9-11-5--26

St. A  19-9-9-16--44

CHBC stats: Lorton 9 (3 FGs, 3/3 FTs), Evans 9 (3-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Wojcik 6 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 1/2 FTs), Merrifield 2 (FG). Team FGs 10. 3-Pointers: 2 (Wojcik, Evans). Team FTs 4-of-5. 

St A stats: Koenig 12 (4 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Roepke 12 (1-3 pt FGs, 9/12 FTs), Adams 7 (2-2s, 1-3 pt FGs), Bernhard 6 (2 FGs, 2/2 FTs), Dietzen 4 (2 FGs), Brandenburger 2 (FG, 0/4 FTs), Ludwig 1 (1/2 FTs). Team FGs 13. 3-Pointers: 2 (Roepke, Adams). Team FTs 16-of-24.

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