The Eminence Redwings punched their ticket to the Final Four Saturday at the Van Buren High School gym with a 78-62 over Advance in a Class 1 quarterfinal.
The win was extra sweet for Eminence. Advance defeated the Redwings in last year’s quarterfinal and then again to open this season.
Eminence did not play a pretty game. They had 22 turnovers. However, the Redwings dominated the paint and controlled the rebounds.
Advance kept in the game early through three quarters with an outside game. Heading into the fourth quarter, the score knotted at 49. In the fourth quarter, Advance’s threes quit falling.
Eminence controlled the fourth quarter. The Redwings opened the fourth with an 8-2 run. Eminence outscored Advance 29-13 in the final eight minutes.
Eminence dominated the boards throughout the game, limiting Advance to just one look at the basket. Eminence pulled down 44 rebounds compared to Advance’s 17.
Advance shot well from 3-point range in the third quarter, going 4 of 9 from long range in the third quarter.
“I think we handled the ball better in the fourth quarter,” Eminence coach Pete McBride said. “Part of that was we kept them out of the press because we played good defense and rebounded. … Then I felt like we attacked at the right times and got some easy baskets. Then we got some stops and started stretching the lead a little bit. That was big. Just getting stops.”
Advance was 23 of 59 (39 percent) from the field and 10 of 35 (28.6 percent) from 3-point range.
Three Redwings finished with double-doubles: Trent McBride (25 points,10 rebounds), Ethan Drake (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Grant Dyer (18 points, 11 rebounds).
Eminence shot 31 of 53 (58.5 percent) from the floor.