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SAC HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT: Boys semifinals roundup

North Side's Brandon Johnson looks to pass as Bishop Luers senior JJ Foster defends during SAC Holiday Tournament action at Wayne on Wednesday. (By Justin Kenny of The News-Sentinel)
North Side's Brandon Johnson looks to pass as Bishop Luers senior JJ Foster defends during SAC Holiday Tournament action at Wayne on Wednesday. (By Justin Kenny of The News-Sentinel)
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016 11:57 PM
It was a tale of two halves Wednesday for Jaylen Butz.

Bishop Luers was able to hold the North Side standout to just five points through the first two quarters. Following some halftime adjustments, the DePaul commit was nearly unstoppable.

Butz and teammate Keion Brooks Jr. keyed a 24-point third quarter for the Legends as they dispatched of Bishop Luers 70-54 in the first boys SAC Holiday Tournament semifinal on Wednesday.

Butz finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the win.

"We tried to get Jaylen on the move more in the second half as opposed to just standing," North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. "He was on the low block way too much (in the first half) so we started setting screens for him and got him on the move."

Brooks Jr. connected on 5-of-7 from three-point range to score a game-high 27 points. The sophomore added eight rebounds and five assists.

Bishop Luers (5-3) was led by Anton Berry's 16 points and Tre Underwood's 10.

The top-seeded Legends will carry an 11-game SAC Holiday Tournament winning streak into Thursday's showdown with Homestead.

Homestead 64, Snider 59: The Spartans advanced to their first-ever SAC Holiday Tournament championship game by holding off the Panthers.

Senior Jack Ferguson hit all five of his three-point attempts on his way to 29 points to lead Homestead, which stayed undefeated on the season at 8-0.

A three-pointer by Snider's Mike Barnfield gave the Panthers a 47-46 lead early in the fourth, but Ferguson answered right back with a three of his own.

The Panthers would tie the game at 57 later in the quarter, but a Parker Manges bucket and a Ferguson free throw put Homestead back in front.

Manges would hit two free throws with seven seconds left to make it 62-59 Homestead. Following a Malik Williams miss on the front end of a one-and-one with 4.8 seconds remaining, the Spartans would hit two more free throws to ice it.

Manges finished with 19 points in the victory.

Snider (4-3) was led by Williams' 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks.

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