ELKHART – Home Sweet Home.
That was the case Wednesday night for the pair of high school boys basketball teams that call North Side Gym home.
Elkhart Memorial and Elkhart Central both notched first-round sectional wins in action of the Class 4-A tournament.
Memorial downed Plymouth 66-52 and Central got past Concord 48-42. The Crimson Chargers will face the Blue Blazers in the second semifinal game Friday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. Central defeated Memorial 44-37 back on Dec. 1.
Goshen, which defeated Warsaw in the sectional opener Tuesday night, faces Northridge in the first semifinal Friday at 6 p.m. The championship game is Saturday at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Michigan City Regional on March 10.
Memorial used strong bench play and a big finish to down Plymouth for the second time this season. Memorial led just 43-41 at the end of the third period before outscoring the Pilgrims 23-11 in the final quarter.
Jose Soto led a balanced Memorial offense with 19 points. Hank Soto scored 15 points and Trey Gallope had 13 for the Chargers, who improve to 11-12.
Clay Hilliard led Plymouth with 15 points. Karin McCrammer had 14 points for the Pilgrims, who finish at 13-10.
Central hit its free throws late to hold off Concord. The Blazers hit 6-8 in the game’s final 53 seconds to secure the win. Central was just 12-25 overall from the line in the game.
Deveon Jackson led Central with 13 points and Richard Wayker added 11. Central improves to 10-12.
Michael Johnson led Concord with 20 points. The Minutemen, who were just 4-11 from the free throw line, finish at 7-15.
Central, which led just 29-28 at the end of the third period, outscored Concord 12-4 from the line.