By THE HERALD-WHIG
Douglas Weese proved he could deliver a finishing blow on the football field.
He can do it on the hardwood, too.
Weese scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night, leading the Central boys basketball team to a 43-34 victory over Southeastern. The teams were tied at 26 after three quarters.
The Panthers (6-10) went 7 of 9 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter with Cole Phillips making 3 of 4. He finished with 10 points.
Matthew Ramsey led the Suns (8-7) with nine points.
Clopton Tournament: Dalton Powell did all he could to push second-seeded Hannibal into the championship game, but it wasn't enough.
The Pirates lost 65-58 to third-seeded Silex despite Powell's 26 points.
Eric Hugenberg added 13 points for the Pirates (2-10).
In the consolation bracket, Kyle Fulton scored 16 points for sixth-seeded Monroe City as the Panthers beat seventh-seeded Barat Academy 61-45.
Scott Hoover added 11 points as Monroe City went 13 of 15 from the free-throw line.
The Panthers used a 17-5 run in the second quarter to take control.
In the other consolation semifinal, fifth-seeded Louisiana knocked off Wright City 61-51 as Greg Pitzer scored a game-high 16 points.
Brendan Ross added 14 points for the Bulldogs.
North Shelby 72, Atlanta 64: Lucas Daniel went 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, including going 5 of 6 in the fourth quarter, as the Raiders held on for the victory.
Daniel finished with 22 points, scoring 11 in the second quarter as North Shelby built an eight-point halftime.
The Raiders extended the lead to 14 points going into the fourth quarter and withstood the Hornets scoring 23 points in the final period.
Jacob Rich added 13 points and Kendle Smith chipped in 12 for North Shelby.
Illini West 49, Orion 30: Gracie Bastert scored 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half as the Chargers picked up a West Central Conference North Division road victory.
Leading by four points after the first quarter, Bastert and Elyce Trout sparked a 20-7 run. Trout scored six of her 10 points in the first half.
"We were able to pressure them and get out and get some easy offense," Illini West coach Grant Surprenant said.
West Hancock 71, Griggsville-Perry 29: Alexis Dooley scored 16 points to lead the Titans to the road victory.
West Hancock limited Griggsville-Perry to just two points in the first half.
Shelby Koehler added 14 points and Allyson Buckert scored 10 points for the Titans.
Mikayla Smith led the Lady Tornadoes with 12 points, while Frankee Craven added 10 points.
Brown County 36, Central-Southeastern 32: With the Hornets trailing by three points after three quarters, Brown County's Vanessa Markert scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the final quarter.
Torie Conover led C-SE with 13 points.
West Central 55, Liberty-Payson 52: Trailing by six points at halftime, the Eagles tied the game by the end of the third quarter but couldn't maintain the momentum.
Ashlyn May and Madelyn Hyer led Liberty with 13 points apiece, while Lanessa Graham added 12 points.
North Shelby 43, Atlanta 29: Up by six points at halftime, the Lady Raiders limited the Hornets to two points in the third quarter to earn the road victory.
Elizabeth Linberger led North Shelby with 14 points.
Fulton 35, Hannibal 30: Despite winning three of the top four weight classes, the Pirates were unable to win the North Central Missouri Conference dual.
The Pirates' Brant Dooley started a strong stretch with a pin at 189 pounds as he stuck the Hornets' Kobe Kaminski in 4:32. Hannibal's Kyle Muehring defeated Fulton's Clayton Bristol 3-1 at 220, before the Pirates' Jake Borgmeyer pinned Cole Kettle in 1:57 at 285.
Austin Janes won a 4-1 decision for Hannibal at 106, while Tyler Janes earned a 3-2 decision at 132. Colby Collings also picked up a 5-2 victory at 145.