In the second time in as many years, Camp Point Central upset a No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament.

In the second time in as many years, Camp Point Central upset a  No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals of the Macomb-Western Holiday Tournament.


Last year, it was No. 3 Monmouth-Roseville falling to the Panthers. Late Thursday night, Camp Point Central’s (9-3) victim was the  No. 3 seeded Farmington (11-2).


The Panthers scored only nine points in the first half of this contest, but stormed back to score 35 after halftime to win 44-36.


Taking a 16-9 lead into halftime, the Farmers knew that kind of scoring futility for both teams wouldn’t last. Little did they realize, they would get outscored in the second half 35-20 by a charging Camp Point Central Panthers squad that was gunning for back-to-back trips to the semifinals.


Farmington won the battle inside, outscoring the Panthers 28-22 in the paint.  However, Camp Point fared better the rebound battle (30-21) and would shoot better from the floor (43.8 percent to 38.5 percent), 3-point range (30 percent to 9.1 percent), and the free throw line (50 percent to 45.5 percent).


Farmington hit 7-of-16 from beyond the 3-point line in its opening round game against Liberty, but against Camp Point Central, they would only sink one 3-pointer out of 11 attempts.


Farmington did record eight fast break points.


Camp Point Central made it to the IHSA Class 1A state football title game, where it fell to Forreston. Since the football season ended, the Panthers have only lost one game, to Quincy Notre Dame back on December 14.


In that six-game stretch before this tournament, they defeated two other fellow semifinal teams: West Hancock and Monmouth-Roseville.That win against West Hancock was the Titans’ only loss of the year.


After their first two games in this tournament, Camp Point has handed just the second loss to both Lewistown (12-2) and Farmington (11-2).


The Panthers were led in scoring by Jalan Vance’s 13 points. Last year’s CPC All-Tournament selection Lane Ippensen pitched in 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds and two blocks.


Farmington’s lone double-digit scorer was Dalton Powell, who finished with 10 points and a game-high four assists. Coe Jansen added eight points.


Camp Point Central will advance to the semifinals, to be played on today at 2:30 p.m. against the Eureka Hornets. That winner will play for the title at 9:30 p.m. with the loser playing for third place at 8 p.m.


Farmington will now compete for fifth place, as it will play Illini Bluffs in the 10:30 a.m. game today at Western Hall. The victor will play for fifth place at 6:30 p.m. The loser will see it play in the tournament ended.


A year ago, Farmington entered M-WHT unbeaten and the No. 2 seed. However, the Farmers were upset by Abingdon-Avon in the quarterfinals before bouncing back to defeat Monmouth-Roseville and Macomb to capture fifth place.