When it comes to post-season basketball, anything can happen. Seeding and regular-season records are not important anymore. Every game must be played like it's the very last. In the regional semi-finals, 11th-seeded Macomb pulled off an upset against the second-seeded Farmington Farmers, 49-43 on Tuesday night.
During the first couple of moments of the game, Farmington appeared to be unstoppable. They would open up the game with a 10-0 run. However, Macomb stayed persistent and locked in on defense. The Bombers led by one point heading into halftime with a score of 21-20.
During the third quarter, the game was back and forth. Both teams were forced to shoot and make tough shots. After three quarters, the game was tied at 31.
Free throws, for the second night in a row, came in clutch for the Bombers tremendously. Macomb shot 14-17 from the charity stripe, the majority of those which came in the fourth quarter.
The Farmers and the Bombers shot the same percentage from two (61%), however, Farmington was 3-17 from three, while Macomb was 3-10. Neither team had a record-breaking shooting night, but that can be credited to the tough defense of both squads.
The Bombers had faced Farmington twice earlier in the season and lost both games. It’s hard to beat a team three times in a season, and the Macomb players could not be more excited for the opportunity to play in a regional championship.
For Macomb, Senior Sam Allen had a team-high with 14 points, Adam Farr and Leighton Holthaus each had nine points. Tyler Bickers added seven points. All contributed to the Bomber's win. Now the Bombers will play Friday at 7 pm at Rushville-Industry High School against the winner of Petersburg-PORTA and Quincy Notre Dame.