RUSSELL — Trey and Ty Sides fired the Phillipsburg boys into the Amos Morris Basketball Tournament finals, combining for 39 points in a 66-56 victory over Smith Center on Friday night at Russell High School.
Senior Trey Sides hit six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points, including 11 in the first quarter, while sophomore Ty Sides added 17 points.
The Panthers, last year’s runner-up in 3A, will face defending 2A state champion Central Plains at 7:45 p.m. in Saturday’s final.
“Trey and Ty are going to have to do a lot of scoring for us this year,” Phillipsburg coach Keith Sides said. “We’re not as deep, not as blessed with as many scorers as last year. They got the green light whenever.
“With our inside game, (Austin) Miller and Parker (Dibble) and Jon Hunnacutt, they’re going to have to do a lot of work and be garbagemen for us to be a successful team.”
Phillipsburg led 38-21 at halftime and stayed in control the rest of the way, though Smith Center made a couple runs against the Panthers’ reserves that forced the starters back into the game late.
Miller, a 6-foot-5 junior, added 12 points for the Panthers.
“Austin’s got to be big for us with the lack of size we have inside,” Keith Sides said. “He’s a good athlete. He just needs to use his body a little better and improve every night he gets on the court.”
Kyle Sasse led Smith Center with 18 while Austin Hobelmann chipped in 11.
In Friday’s other boys semifinal, Central Plains cruised to a 64-31 victory over Plainville.
The Oilers hit 14 of their first 16 shots on their way to a 46-18 halftime lead.
“They didn’t do anything we knew they couldn’t do tonight,” Plainville coach Chris Drees said. “I was hoping early in the season they maybe wouldn’t be as sharp as they’d be later on. They return four or five starters off a state championship team from a year ago, so I knew they would be tough.”
Jared Casey led Plainville with 19 while Myles Menges scored a game-high 20 points for the Oilers.
On the girls side, Central Plains will meet Phillipsburg in the final at 6 p.m.