LEROY -- On LeRoy's home floor in the regional, things looked bleak for the Lions down 19 points in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, it didn't look much better down 14.
But after LSA responded with some 3-pointers of its own and turning plenty turnovers, the Lions rallied to win 63-61 and beat LeRoy in the Class 1A regional semifinal.
"We just kept our composure in the second half and the defense got turnovers," LSA coach Dave Kreps said. "We got some huge 3-point baskets out of Grant Karsten, Mike Fiala and Tanner Heick, and Ezra Schaal just had a monster game."
Schaal came away with 15 points and 16 rebounds, and Karsten matched his points thanks in part to his three 3-pointers. The Lions shot 15 of 20 from the line to help close out the win as well.
LSA weathered LeRoy's hot start as it jumped out to a 34-20 lead at halftime. Brett Egan finished with 24 points and Nick Perry had 25 as LeRoy's offense was a two-man show.
"I gotta give the kids lots of credit," Kreps said. "They fought hard, it was a big win beating the Class 1A state champs from last year."
Now for the regional final Friday, LSA plays a team in Heyworth that they've seen at the St. Teresa Christmas Tournament, but haven't played against yet.
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"Awfully good, well-coached, and a very scrappy team, so hopefully we can come in and play better than we did tonight," Kreps said.
Argenta-Oreana 49, Tuscola 41
TOLONO -- The Bombers needed a big fourth quarter, and Pierce Bradford came through.
Bradford scored nine of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Bombers outscored Tuscola 21-9 in the fourth.
"Tuscola is a tough, physical, steady team and to outscore them by 10 points in the fourth quarter, we had to buckle down and play the same way," Argenta coach Tom Saunches said.
JaColby Boston was back after Saunches said he missed time due to sickness. Boston scored 13 points, and Derek Jones added six points.
Saunches said it helped the fourth quarter comeback having so much upperclassmen out on the floor.
"It was a good team effort," he said. "We had seven seniors on the floor and you could tell they had experience."
Tuscola was led offensively by Kaleb Williams' 12 points.