Despite a frantic finish in regulation by the Warrensburg-Latham Cardinals, the Monticello Sages held on in double-overtime for a 57-51 win in boys basketball regional semifinal action Wednesday night from Monticello Middle School.
The Sages will advance for a rematch of last year’s regional final at Hoopston with GCMS Friday in Monticello.
Garrett Kepley made two free throws with 2:49 left in regulation to give the Sages a 40-33 lead, but the Cardinals finished on an 11-4 run after Will Kent made one of two free throws with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 44 and send it to overtime.
In the first overtime, the Sages fell behind 47-44 but Kepley hit a big three-pointer with 51 seconds left to tie the game and neither team could score, sending them to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, Ethan Miller and Tanner Dawson traded threes in the first minute but the Sages finished the overtime on a 7-1 run that sealed the win.
Jarius Ingrum led all scorers with 23 points.
Miller scored all 15 of his points in the second half to lead Monticello, including 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Kepley added 12 points and Ryan Reeder added 11 points.
Devin Graham pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds and scored nine points and dished out six assists.
The Cardinals end their season 18-14.
Monticello improves to 21-7 and will take on GCMS Friday night at 7 pm for a Regional title. Hear all the action on 95.9 FM WEZC and online at dewittdailynews.com.