Christopher falls to Webber in the NCOE Regional Championship game

By Steve Dunford 

NORRIS CITY –  Defense and free throw shooting wins championships. Webber Township executed at the stripe and getting in Christopher’s grill.  They earned the right to play Tuesday night in the Hardin County sectional by defeating Christopher 59-49,

Webber Township was was 14-20 from the line and 8-10 down the stretch.  Christopher was uncharacteristically awful, shooting 8-18 at the line.

Trojan coach Brad Beatty made a defensive adjustment in the second half, going from a box in one in the first half, switching off defenders on Jared Curry, to going man to man.

Curry was lighting it up in the first half with 14 points and several assists.  Coach Beatty put Dylan Stratton on Curry, and he shut him down.  Charles Neal turned in a great defensive performance on Bradley Young.  This resulted in the Bearcats losing their composure.

Neal owned the game on both ends of the floor as he had a game high 26.

Webber runs out to a 5-0 lead by Brody Mount and Charles Neal.  Curry was shooting the Bearcats back in it, with three trifectas in the quarter.  Both teams were knotted at 13 after one.

Bradley Young scores seven of his 14 points in a two minute stretch.  With a dunk, a three and and nearly picked up his second dunk, but was altered by the Webber defense.

The Bearcats were up 24-17 at that point.  The could have put Webber away, but their Achilles heel, free throws bit them.  Christopher had a 28-22 lead at halftime.

Webber came out chipping away in the second half.  The Trojans tie it up at 33 around the three minute mark as Neal converts on the “deuce and the abuse” to tie it up at 33.  That was the beginning of a 13-0 run by Webber as they had a 41-33 lead at the end of three quarters.

The Bearcats have their one last gasp as they cut the Webber lead to four from back to back buckets from Jared Curry and Bryce Pratt.  Webber goes on a 6-0 and extends the lead to 10. Pratt scores four straight points on a 15 footer and converts on two free throws to cut the Webber lead to 49-43 with a little over two minutes to go.

Stratton gets a run out to extend the Trojan lead to eight.  Someone on the Webber bench gets excited, throws a towel up in the air and it lands on the floor.  One of the officials gave a technical to the to their bench.

Starting this year, you can give the bench an official warning written in the score-book.  Should one been given there, yes.  But to “T” someone up for that in a close regional championship game, unreal.

Christopher could not convert on their good fortunes.  Pratt went to the line and missed both free throws, which he has been money all year.  The Bearcats cough it up on the next possession.

As said earlier, Webber made their free throws down the stretch, and coach Beatty had a do not foul philosophy the rest of the way, as there was celebrating in the streets in Bluford last night.

The Bearcats end their season at 20-9.   Along with Curry’s 21 and Young’s 14, Bryce Pratt had nine points.

Webber Township improves to 20-8 on the season.  They will face the Goreville Blackcats in the first round of the Hardin County Class 1A Regional, Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.

Along With Neal’s 26, Stratton added 15, and Brody Mount added nine.

Box Score

WEBBER TOWNSHIP (59) – Neal  7 1 9-11 26, Stratton  4 1 4-8 15,  Mount  4 0 1-1 9,  Hart 1 1 0-0 5,  Davis 1 0 0-0 2, Adcock 1 0 0-0 2 Taylor 0 0 0-0 0

CHRISTOPHER (49) –  Curry  3 4 4-6 21, Young 5 1 1-3 14, Pratt 3 0 3-5 9,  Hawkins 2 0 0-2 4,  Motsinger  0 0 1-2 1, Garver 0 0 0-0 0, Saeger 0 0 0-0 0

Score By Quarters

WEBBER TOWNSHIP (20-8)  13- 9 -15 – 22  –  59

CHRISTOPHER (20-9)  13 – 15 – 5 – 17  –  49

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