MACON — St. Malachy’s eighth-grade boys basketball team advanced to the elite eight of the 8-1A state playoffs last week before falling to Ashland A-C 48-22 Saturday.
Alex Warner led St. Malachy with six points on a pair of three-point shots.
Caleb Neitzel and Jacksen Adkins put in four points apiece, while Eli Wilhelm, Cabott Craft, Ross Gawenda and Michael Palmer had two apiece.
"The boys have had a great season," St. Malachy Athletic Director Rachel Warner said. "You can’t complain going to the final eight two out of three years."
Ashland A-C went on to knock off Ottawa Marquette to advance to the 8-1A title game against Peoria Hollis, which will be played Thursday.
Advanced against Chrisman Scottland
St Malachy advanced to the elite eight round by dominating Chrisman Scottland 48-36 in the sectional championship game last Wednesday at St. Mal.
The Tigers improved to 25-1.
Warner canned four three-pointers — all in the first half — to tie for top scoring honors with Neitzel, each with 12 points, versus Chrisman Scottland.
Teammates Adkins and Wilhelm hooped 8 apiece.
Craft (6 points) and Adam Price (2 points) rounded out the scoring for the Tigers.
After a tight first quarter, St. Malachy pulled away to a 29-16 halftime lead in front of a packed house. The Tigers were never threatened in the second half.
St. Mal was coached by Steve Neitzel. Steve Bermingham and Shannon Duran serve as assistant coaches.
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