Wednesday's higlights: Pointer's halfcourt shot lifts Bunnies
In boys’ basketball
Class 1A REGIONALS
At Farmer City
■ LeRoy 43, Ridgeview 34. The fourth-seeded Panthers stunned the top-seeded Mustangs in a regional semifinal, with Nick Aupperle scoring a game-high 18 points on the strength of four three-pointers for LeRoy, which plays Heyworth on Friday night with the regional title at stake. Trey McCormick and Luke Ward each finished with 10 points for Ridgeview.
■ Heyworth 81, Blue Ridge 79. The second-seeded Knights fell late when Heyworth’s Dallas Lee made a layup with three seconds left to break a 79-79 tie. Michael Plunk scored 23 points to lead Blue Ridge, which also received 20 points from Chase Zimmerman and 19 from Will Duggins.
■ St. Thomas More 66, Judah Christian 47. Doug Wallen scored 17 points, Kyler Jones tallied 14 and Clavin Davis contributed 11 for the top-seeded Sabers. Ethan Chitty finished with a game-high 19 points for the Tribe.
■ Fisher 56, Tri-Point 55. In a back-and-forth regional semifinal, Grant Pointer nailed a shot near midcourt at the buzzer to give the third-seeded Bunnies a pulsating win on their home court. Pointer finished with a team-high 22 points and Nick Griffith added 14 points for Fisher, which plays STM on Friday in the regional championship.
Class 2A REGIONALS
■ Sullivan 56, Monticello 51. The top-seeded Redskins held area scoring leader Nick Stokowski, who came in averaging close to 23 points, to eight points, the first time he didn’t reach double figures all season, to advance to Friday night’s championship game against Paris. Nick Frerichs paced Sullivan with a game-high 21 points.
■ Paris 62, Tuscola 57. The third-seeded Warriors hung with the hosts but could not prevail. Nick Bates had a game-high 20 points for the Warriors.
■ Warrensburg-Latham 70, Cerro Gordo/Bement 66. The third-seeded Broncos relied on 25 points and 14 rebounds from Nathan Lovekamp and 24 points from Connor Gross, who made six three-pointers, but CG/B not recover from a 10-point halftime deficit of the regional semifinal loss.