Pats face Harrisburg in Eldorado semis
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Andy Walquist lays in two of his five points Saturday against Union County, Ky. The Patriots advanced to the quarterfinals against Harrisburg with the 46-44 win.                                 — Planet photo by Beth Shelton
Andy Walquist lays in two of his five points Saturday against Union County, Ky. The Patriots advanced to the quarterfinals against Harrisburg with the 46-44 win. — Planet photo by Beth Shelton
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The 48th annual Eldorado Holiday Tournament wasn’t all that hard to handicap this year, and the pundits that assigned seeds to the teams pretty much got it right.

With the overall talent level of the tournament down a tick or two from previous years, Harrisburg was the obvious choice as the number one seed, and from there you could really just mix and match the next three to come up with the semi finals matchup.

Gallatin County with big Andrew Drone was given the number two seed.

Meridian, who is in rebuilding mode was given the number three seed.

Union County, Ky., was assigned the number four seed over Massac County, who came in fifth in the pre-tourney determinations.

Well, four of those five have made the semis with Massac County dispatching of the Braves from Union County with a 46-44 win Saturday afternoon.

As of this writing, Monday’s semi-final games look like this. At noon Harrisburg and Massac County will tangle, followed by the match-up of number two seed Gallatin County and number three Meridian at 1:30 p.m.

The two winners will be back on the floor at 9 p.m. to decide the championship of the tournament.

With the talent level of the tournament down a tad and well over a foot of snow on the ground in Saline County, the crowds this year are off a bit, but there have been a couple of good games to go with a slew of blowouts.

Massac County’s two contests were one of each.

In their opening game against Hamilton County, the Patriots looked like they had a case of “morning sickness” as they fiddled around in the first half of their 10 a.m. game and gave the Foxes reason to think they could win as they trailed by just 8 points at 28-20 at the intermission.

Not sure that the Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William would go for his methodology, but if Kate’s severe morning sickness persists maybe she should give “ole Doc Joe” Hosman a call.

Whatever was said at halftime woke up the Pats and they opened the third quarter by forcing three turnovers to expand the eight point margin quickly to 15 and ended the decisive frame with a 43-28 lead.

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