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The Tri County Trojans knocked off top-seeded Freeman to advance to the MUDECAS A Division Championship.

The fourth-seeded Trojans won 41-39 Thursday night at the Beatrice City Auditorium. 

Tri County will play in the championship game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday's late game between top-seeded Johnson-Brock and second-seeded Falls City Sacred Heart. That game wasn't over by press time Thursday night.

Tri County grabbed a 30-29 lead entering the fourth quarter after trailing by as many as seven early in the third quarter.

Creighton Niemeyer gave the Trojans the lead with a basket, but Freeman's Tyler Adams hit a three pointer to tie the game.

Cole Siems respond with another three pointer to make it 35-32.

A putback basket by Freeman's Brady Ideus made it a one point game, but Siems connected from long range again to extend the Trojan lead to 38-34.

Freeman's Trey Yates came back with a three pointer to make it a one point game. Siems' two free throws made it 40-37.

With 18 seconds left in the game, Brady Ideus scored on a put back basket to make it 40-39. The Falcons then fouled immedately.

Siems hit one of two free throws to make it 41-39 with 12 seconds left. The Falcons got a three point shot up before time expired, but it missed its mark, sparking a celebration on the Tri County bench.

Prior to the fourth quarter, the game was back and forth throughout. Freeman's Trey Yates opened the game's scoring with a basket, but three straight baskets by Tri County's Lucas Weise made it 6-2.

A jumper by Brady Ideus and a three pointer by Yates gave Freeman a 7-6 lead, but Cole Siems finished the first quarter scoring with a three pointer to give Tri County a 9-7 lead.

Freeman would dominate the second quarter, outscoring the Trojans 13-2.

Gabe Eisenbarth got the quarter started with a three pointer and Tyler Adams followed it up with a jumper to make it 12-9.

Evan Larson then scored Tri County's only basket of the game on a fast break lay up.

A steal and a layup by Kaleb Unvert and two baskets in the post by Adams made it 18-11. Ideus capped the first half scoring with a buzzer beating put back basket, making it 20-11.

Tri County started the second half with seven straight points to get back into the game. WEise got it started with a three point play and Siems followed it up with a three pointer. A free throw by Weise made it 20-18.

Freeman's Yates then scored on a special play and Logan Anderson knocked down a free throw to extend the Freeman lead to 23-18.

Siems then knocked down another three pointer to make it a two point game. Brady Ideus' basket extended the lead to 25-21, but a three pointer by Siems and two free throws by Creighton Niemeyer gave Tri County a 26-25 lead.

Yates then hit two free throws to get Freeman the lead back, but a put back basket by Weise and a basket by Siems made it 30-27. Adams finished the third quarter scoring with a basket to make it 30-29 in favor of the Trojans.

Siems led the way for Tri County with 23 points while Weise had 12 and Creighton Niemeyer, Chad Niemeier and Evan Larson had two points each.

Freeman was led by Yates' 12 points and Adams' 11 points while Ideus had 10, Eisenbarth had three, Unvert had two and Anderson had one.

Freeman will now play in a third place game at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday against the loser of Thursday's late game between Johnson-Brock and Sacred Heart.

B Division

The B Division semifinals took place at the Truman Center on the campus of Southeast Community College.

On the girls side, top-seeded Diller-Odell advances to the B Division championship with a 57-47 win over fifth-seeded Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer.

On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Tri County defeated sixth-seeded Palmyra 27-21 to advance to the championshipo.

Tri County will play Diller-Odell in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the Beatrice City Auditorium. 

Palmyra and HTRS will play in a third place game at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Beatrice City Auditorium. 

In the boys semifinals, top-seeded HTRS defeated fourth-seeded Diller-Odell 51-42. They advance to the B Division Championship game at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday against the winner of Thursday's late game between Palmyra and Southern. That game wasn't over by press time.

Diller-Odell will play in a third place game at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday against the loser of Palmyra/Southern.

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