ELKHART – Goshen and Elkhart Central each used strong shooting performances Wednesday night to earn wins in the Class 4-A Elkhart Sectional.
Goshen downed Elkhart Memorial 62-43 in the opener, while Central knocked off Concord 51-34 in the nightcap at North Side Gym.
Goshen (10-13) will face Central (15-7) in the second semifinal Friday night. No. 5 Warsaw (21-1) will face Penn (11-12) in the opener Friday at 6 p.m. The championship game is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Elkhart Sectional champion advances to the Michigan City Regional on March 12 to face the Plymouth Sectional champion in a semifinal contest.
Goshen used a strong start to avenge a 51-45 regular-season loss to Memorial. Goshen led 12-6 after the opening period and built its lead to 25-14 by halftime.
Cam Kline popped in 19 points, including hitting all three of his 3-point tries, to lead the way for Goshen. CJ Detweiler had 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Brady Bechtel added 14 points.
Goshen shot 17-36 overall from the field, including 7-14 from distance. Goshen was also a stellar 21-25 from the free throw line.
Joe Smith led Memorial with 13 points. Hank Smith had 12 and Jon Bailey 10 for the Chargers, who finish their season at 5-18. Memorial shot 13-47 from the field, including 11-28 from distance. They were 6-8 from the line.
Clinton Parker was the main man for Central as the Blue Blazers claimed their first sectional win since 2011. Parker scored 19 points as the hosts posted the win. He was 6-8 overall from the field, including 4-5 from distance, and 3-3 from the line.
Central led just 14-12 after the opening period before opening the second quarter with an 8-0 run to take control.
Adam DeShone scored 11 points, Langston Johnson nine and Cornell Conner eight for Central. Johnson led the winners with six rebounds.
Central shot 18-28 overall from the field, including 9-12 from distance. The Blue Blazers were 6-6 from the line.
Cedrc Mitchell led Concord with 10 points. Denzel Halliburton had seven points for Concord, which finishes at 6-17 with a team with no seniors.
Central defeated Goshen 56-49 when the two met during the regular season back on Dec. 5. Warsaw did not play Penn during the regular season. The Tigers did defeat both Central (49-35) and Goshen (55-41) during the regular season.