By RICHARD MARKEY
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Douglas Weese found himself in the right place at the right time.
Actually, he found himself in the right place three times.
Weese buried last-second shots at the end of the first, second and third quarters to help the Central boys basketball team hit its stride during a 47-41 semifinal victory over Southeastern at the Class 1A Central Regional.
Weese's pull-up jumper in the middle of the lane at the buzzer deadlocked the first quarter at 11. His pull-up at the free-throw line with 2 seconds remaining ended the half with the game tied at 19. The third quarter ended with Weese burying a 3-pointer that stretched the Panthers' lead to 31-25.
The Panthers trailed by as many as five in the first quarter and six in the second.
"It seemed like Southeastern controlled the entire first half and after each one, the first quarter and the second quarter, you look up and we're tied," Central coach Todd Plattner saud. "We felt good about it at the half."
Central started the game 4 of 12 from the field and trailed 17-11 before closing the first half on an 8-2 run.
"It's big for us because we knew we weren't playing as well as we know we should have," said Weese, who finished with 22 points. "To know we weren't playing that well and were still tied was a big deal because we knew we could play better."
The second half was better as the Panthers started the half on an 8-0 run while holding the Suns scoreless for the first 3:56.
"We talked about at halftime, what happens this next three or four minutes is going to be huge for the game," Southeastern coach Todd Fox said. "I don't think that we did things poorly. They hit shots, and we didn't hit shots."
The Suns were 5 of 18 in the second half before hitting three 3-pointers to make a late run in the final two minutes. The Panthers, however, were solid at the line, hitting 9 of 11 in the final 4:26.
"Any time you get down to a Todd Plattner team, it's going to be a hard way to fight back, and I thought we did," Fox said. We fought all the way to the end."
Cole Phillips joined Weese in double figures with 10 for Central. Matthew Ramsey led the Suns with 15 points, followed by Shea Flesner with 10.
The Panthers advance to face Unity in the regional championship Friday night.
"They like to get up and down the floor, so we'll have to keep them from doing that," Weese said. "We have to keep them from getting offensive rebounds, because they'll shoot, shoot, shoot until they make it if we don't rebound."