Boys basketball teams from Purdy and Verona were ousted in semifinal district basketball games last night, while the Miller and Marionville boys stayed alive.
Class 2A District 10
It was a heart-breaking end to a fine season for the Purdy boys as the Eagles lost to the Marionville Comets, 64-62.
Ryan Combs got a rebound in the waning seconds and put the ball back in the bucket for the winning goal at the buzzer for Marionville.
Purdy, seeded second, trailed 12-14 after the opening period but a strong second quarter enabled the Eagles to take a 31-26 lead by intermission.
The Comets, third seeded, came out hot in the third stanza to outpoint Purdy 21-14 for a two point lead, 47-45. The two teams battled back and forth in the final quarter. leading up to the winning shot by Combs.
Mason Roller powered Purdy's offensive effort with 26 points. Blake Williams added 18 points.
Brandon Verfurth and Pedro Figueroa each tallied 20 points for the Comets.
Marionville will now face Miller for the district championship tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.
Miller's Cardinals advanced to the title game by logging an easy 74-57 triumph over Jasper.
The top-seeded Cardinals forged a 33-23 lead by halftime and increased the margin to 55-35 after three quarters.
Justin Jack was again a scoring force for Marionville with 21 points. Also in double figures was Ryan Morris with 18 points.
Isaac Tidball tallied 27 points for Jasper.
Class 1A District 6
Verona got off to a slow start and could not recover in falling to second-seeded Everton, 43-56.
The Wildcats, seeded third, trailed 10-13 after the opening 8 minutes and went down by 12, 18-30, at intermission.
Charlie Withnell was Verona's leading scorer with 14 points.
Garrett Gladden led Everton to the victory with 26 points, and Chase Knackstedt added 13 points.
In the other semifinal contest, Chadwick, the district's top-ranked team, had no trouble beating Walnut Grove, 89-36.
Patrick Holt and Nathan Hale each had 21 points for Chadwick.
C. J. Hodson scored 17 points for Walnut Grove.
Chadwick will now take on Everton at 7:30 p.m. today for the tourney title.