The top two seeds prevailed Thursday night in the semifinals of the boys' bracket in the 2012-13 Greene County Elementary Basketball Tournament at North Greene High School.
No. 1 Baileyton got 38 combined points from its back-court combo of Cody Compton and Cameron Freshour to roll to a 53-17 win over No. 4 McDonald.
In the final game of the night, Todd Brown fired in 26 points to help No. 2 Glenwood top No. 3 DeBusk 38-30.
McDonald and DeBusk will play in a consolation game tonight at 5:15 p.m. Baileyton and Glenwood will meet for the tournament championship at 7:45 p.m.
BAILEYTON 53, MCDONALD 17
The Baileyton boys were too much for McDonald to handle as they cruised to a 53-17 victory Thursday night.
"I feel like we played real well. We had a good defensive effort from everybody. It was a good offensive effort too, we took good shots and we hit our shots. It was just a good effort out of everybody," Baileyton coach Arnold Loftis said.
Baileyton's backcourt combo of Cody Compton and Cameron Freshour frustrated the Hornets all night. Compton slashed his way to 17 points while Freshour showed off his shooting stroke to the tune of 11 points.
Loftis said, "Cody's always all over the court, that's just the way he plays he gets hustle plays. He gets a lot of his points by taking it from other people when they're not expecting it. He did a god job of penetrating and slashing, he played very well today."
The defensive pressure of the Compton, Freshour and Matthew Page completely stalled McDonald's offense. The Hornets struggled to even cross the mid court stripe and were able to make only one field goal in the second quarter. It came when Kyler Clowers knocked down a three-pointer with .7 seconds remaining in the half to send McDonald into halftime down 21-8.
Clowers led McDonald with eight points for the game.
Compton led a third-quarter surge for Baileyton in which he scored nine points as the Dragons stretched their lead to 26 points.
Evan Pierce came off the bench and scored seven points in the fourth quarter for Baileyton, as the lead increased to 36 points by the game's end.
GLENWOOD 38, DEBUSK 30
Todd Brown put on a show Friday night in a 38-30 Glenwood win over DeBusk.
Brown rattled the Braves backcourt, continually swiping the ball from them and taking it to the rack on his way 26 points for Glenwood.
Glenwood coach Brandi Verran said, "We try to take their vision away and put pressure on the ball and let them make mistakes. God blessed us with some quickness, and we got into some areas where we could get some steals and take them the other way for points."
Brown scored 13 of his points in the second quarter, increasing the Chiefs lead from two to 11. On three straight possessions he picked the Braves' pockets and took it the other way for points.
In the opening quarter Ayclen Shaw showed his range, connecting on two treys for Glenwood that allowed them to finish the opening period up 8-6.
Glenwood found its groove in the second frame and increased the margin to 24-12 at intermission. The cushion stayed at double digits throughout the third.
DeBusk picked up the offensive pace in the fourth quarter. Dakota Malone knocked down a jumper from the left elbow to cut the lead to five at one point, but that was as close as DeBusk would come to a comeback.
Zack Licker hit a layup and Brown followed with a pair of free throws that allowed Glenwood to finish strong.
Verran said,"At the end we took care of the ball and adjusted our offense to their defense to come away with the win. Zack came off the bench and came up with a really big shot."
DeBusk relied on a balanced attack with on the offensive end, led by Nathan Hall and Mason Brown each with nine points. Malone had eight points for the Braves.