MOKANE — Senior guard Jalen Martin's game-high 26 points directed the No. 4 seed Wildcats to the win over the No. 8 Lions in the consolation semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament on Thursday.
New Bloomfield (7-7) — ending a three-game losing streak — owned a 25-17 advantage after one quarter and was in front 42-31 at halftime. The Wildcats took a 52-45 lead into the fourth quarter.
Senior guard Bailey Crane provided 14 points for New Bloomfield and sophomore forward Tanner Payne added 10.
"I really liked how we started the game with both our execution offensively and our effort defensively," Wildcats head coach Tim Gilmore said. "The biggest thing we have to work on is consistency for four quarters.
"We let them come back in the second half and we have to learn how to finish games. I will give the boys credit, because when it got tight they stepped up and executed down the stretch."
New Bloomfield will now face No. 7 seed South Callaway for fifth place, but a time and date has not been decided yet. With games postponed Friday and Saturday because of the snowstorm, tournament officials will explore makeup options.
The Bulldogs advanced with a 58-51 victory over No. 3 seed Montgomery County in Thursday night's other consolation semifinal. New Bloomfield edged South Callaway in a 65-64 Show-Me Conference win at home Dec. 7.