Halstead and Minneapolis were evenly matched entering the night, both carrying 7-3 records. So the first half following suit only felt right.
They were tied at the end of one. The tie held at halftime, knotted at 20 apiece. Then for much of the third quarter, it felt like the third seeded Lions were starting to pull away. But, as you might expect, Halstead got right back in it.
With the game tied at 29 and the third quarter clock winding down, the momentum shifted on a four point play from Braden Gerber. RIght in front of his bench, Gerber was knocked to the ground and still sunk the three pointer. The foul shot gave Halstead a four point lead heading into the fourth.
In the final frame, the Lions wouldn't fall back, keeping it a one possession game late but a string of Halstead free throws were too much to overcome in the 49-42 loss.
Gerber lead the Dragons with 17, while Andrew O'Brien scored Halstead's first 10 points of the game, finishing with 13. Minneapolis' Kaden McCullick lead all scorers with 21.
Halstead will don their road uniforms in their home gym once again, facing two seed Cheney in Friday's semifinal matchup of the Adolph Rupp Tournament. Minneapolis will meet up with Winfield on Thursday.