PRINCETON - No. 3 was greater than No. 2 at the Princeton 2A regional Wednesday.
Bureau Valley, seeded No. 3 in the regional, knocked out No. 2 Hall 68-60 to move on to Friday's finals at Prouty Gym. The Storm (20-11) will play face top-seeded Seneca, a 60-34 winner over No. 4 Prophetstown in Wednesday's first semifinal.
"It doesn't matter what the seeds are," BV senior guard Ryan Young said.
The Storm were in need of someone to step up for injured junior forward Tommy Johnston (ankle), and Young was that man Wednesday. Top gun Parker Neuhalfen got his 23 points, but it was Young who provided the spark.
Young scored 19 points, pumping in three of his four three-pointers in the third quarter to help the Storm take a 52-46 lead after trailing 34-33 at the half."
"We knew Neuhalfen was going to get his. We didn't know the other guy was going to go off," Hall coach Mike Filippini said. "He was making wide open threes and we were missing wide open threes."
Senior Austin Schmit led Hall (17-12) with 17 points with Miguel Villareal adding 13 and A.J. Gaeta 11.
Josh Mead had 13 points for the Storm.
Improving to 20-11, the Storm reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in eight years. As for the Storm's matchup with the Irish (23-5), Marquis said it will come down to executes better. ... We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Johnston did not dress Wednesday, still favoring the ankle that he sprained on Feb. 18 vs. Newman. he remains doubtful for Friday.
The Three-Point Showdown will take place prior to Friday's championship game at Prouty Gym.
* In other 2A regional play Wednesday, Rockridge beat Mercer County 62-26 while Kewanee downed host Sherrard 79-54. Rockridge (25-0) and Kewanee will meet for the third time with the No. 1 ranked Rockets taking the lasst meeting 102-48.
* In 1A regonal play, No. 1 seed Putnam County tripped No. 3 St. Bede 54-44 and No. 2 Henry-Senachine topped host Marquette 68-59. The Panthers and Mallard will meet for the third time this season in Friday's finals at Marseilles Grade School. Each has won once in their season series.