By THE HERALD-WHIG
The Highland boys basketball team will get to see if the third time's a charm.
The fourth-seeded Cougars will play top-seeded Canton for the third time in 11 days when the teams meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the semifinals of the Tony Lenzini Tournament at Palmyra, Mo.
Highland advanced by hanging on for a 62-58 first-round victory Monday over No. 5 Van-Far.
The Cougars trailed 35-25 at halftime and 47-43 after the third quarter. Austin Richmiller led Highland's comeback by scoring 10 of his game-high 24 points during the fourth quarter.
Chris Sparks finished with 16 points and Brandon Davie added 11 for the Cougars, who are 0-2 against Canton this season.
Canton used a strong third quarter to beat No. 8 Monroe City 63-49.
The Tigers led 29-21 at halftime before outscoring the Panthers 15-6 in the third quarter to take a 44-27 lead.
David McReynolds led Canton (14-0) with 21 points, while Brandon Berhorst added 11.
Terron Ritter led Monroe City (3-12) with 19 points, 11 of those in the fourth quarter.
North Shelby Tournament: Royce Poore had a game-high 25 points and six steals to lead second-seeded Knox County to a 68-13 first-round victory over No. 7 Brashear.
The Eagles (7-7) will meet third-seeded LaPlata -- a 44-43 winner over No. 6 Schuyler County -- in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Lee Tague finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for Knox County, which shot 66 percent from the field (25 of 38). Donovan Edwards added four assists and four steals.
Jerseyville Tournament: Pittsfield dropped its second game of the tournament with 53-40 loss to Alton Marquette at Jerseyville, Ill.
The Saukees fell behind 14-9 after the first quarter and trailed 26-15 at halftime. Wayde Smith was the only player scoring double figures for Pittsfield (10-8), finishing with 19 points.
Pittsfield's next game in the tournament is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, when it plays Alton.