There was no quit in the Bulldogs Wednesday night, but Centreville simply couldn’t make up for a rough first half offensively in a 58-42 loss to Schoolcraft in a Class C district semifinal game at Constantine.
Down 30-9 after the first two quarters, Centreville got things going in the third, but still lost ground. A 19-13 effort in the fourth quarter wasn’t nearly enough to close the gap.
“Mentally, we came ready to play, but not physically,” Bulldogs coach Corey Smith said. “We failed to box out, which hurt us bad. [In the] first half we couldn’t make any shots. Schoolcraft is a good team that was well prepared.”
Centreville turned the ball over 26 times to add to its offensive struggles.
A total of 11 players scored for the Eagles, which will take on Lawton Friday in the championship. Caleb Proksch and Trevor Stoddard each scored 12 points and Kyle Santman added 10.
Chase Alexander and Matt Clementz led Centreville with nine points each, Jon Peckinpaugh added eight and Eli Schwartz had five. Demarco Taylor chipped in four, Jordan Gest had three and Kalvin Ludwig and Chase LeBarre both finished with two.
LeBarre grabbed a team-best five rebounds and Peckinpaugh swiped eight steals.