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March 11, 2014

CJ boys take on 23-4 Tigers

Bulldogs, Republic meet in sectional on Wednesday

Republic, senior-dominated and aiming for a second straight Class 4 state championship, is the hurdle for the Carl Junction boys on Wednesday in the sectional round of the MSHSAA playoffs.

Carl Junction (19-8) and Republic (23-4) are scheduled to clash at 7:45 p.m. at Nixa High School.

The girls Class 4 sectional game at 6 will be between the 2012-13 runner-up Webb City (23-4) and Republic (24-5).

Wednesday’s winners will find themselves in a coveted position — just one victory away from the semifinals in Columbia at Mizzou Arena.

The Carl Junction boys don’t need a scouting report after falling to the Tigers twice last season, including the first round of state, and 77-50 on Jan. 20 of this year at Republic.

Bulldog  coach Kyle Williams indicated on Monday there was no obvious weakness for coach Trevyor Fisher’s Tigers, who’ve lost two games to both Class 5 teams Nixa and Waynesville.

“They don’t beat themselves,” Williams said of the Tigers. “They just don’t make many mistakes. They average single-digit turnovers. They’re efficient. You have to counter against short runs of 7-0, 8-0 and 9-0. They really can hit the 3.

“All-state seniors Cody Geiger (6-foot-4), who could be their best athlete,  and point guard Dylan Bekemeier (5-11) perhaps are their leaders,” Williams said. “But Canyon Smith (a 6-0 senior) is shooting 57 percent from 3. He’s gone 4-for-4 in one of the games against us.”

Probable starters for Carl Junction, Williams said, are 6-1 senior Matt Magee, 6-1 senior Dustin Satterlee, 6-4 senior Gaige Crockett, 6-6 sophomore Braydon Allen and 6-6 junior Aaron Nelson.

Leaders off the bench recently, Williams said, have been 6-1 junior Cody Vogt and 6-1 sophomore Ryan Devore.

Williams, who’s assisted by Paden Bennett and Steven Tackett, also calls on 6-4 junior Chase Johnston, 6-1 junior Logan Jolly and 6-1 sophomore Devin Dixon.

Scoring averages include 18 for Magee, 13.5 for Satterlee, 12.5 for Vogt, 11 for Nelson and 10 for Crockett. Nelson is averaging nine rebounds. Magee is the leader in assists and steals with some four apiece.

The Carl Junction-Republic winner faces Marshfield or Washington in the 1:45 p.m. Saturday quarterfinal at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

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