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Great Falls, Northwestern set up Moody Invitational title-game showdown

Great Falls had every opportunity to roll over and quit, but showed no signs of giving up Monday as it rallied past Olympic 49-47 in the semifinals of the Moody Invitational.

The Red Devils trailed by 10 points with 1:44 remaining in the third period when Leroy Roseboro hit a floater from the elbow. Great Falls still trailed by eight, but the bucket sparked a 15-3 run that gave the Red Devils the lead.

With all of the momentum and a fatigued Olympic defense, Great Falls appeared set to put the game away.

The Trojans had other ideas, and twice rallied from three-point deficits. Olympic retook the lead with 32.2 seconds remaining on a breakaway slam dunk by Darrius Carrier.

Once again, Roseboro put the Red Devils on his shoulder. His bucket with 10 seconds remaining gave Great Falls the lead for good and he added a free throw for the game's final point.

Olympic squandered its final shot at the win when Reggie Arceneaux was whistled for palming the ball, turning it over with 4.8 seconds remaining.

The win puts Great Falls, one of the smaller schools in the field, into the championship game of the tournament.

"This is the type of game that will be very beneficial for our program as we progress throughout the year," Great Falls coach John Smith said. "We kept our composure, especially when they retook the lead after we came all the way back.

"Roseboro and (Elistin) Buchannan played well for us. We'll celebrate this win for about 20 minutes then start thinking about the championship game.

• NORTHWESTERN 69, MIDLAND VALLEY 44 -- Unlike its opening-round matchup, Northwestern easily cruised past Midland Valley.

The Trojans finally found their offensive groove after struggling much of the season to put points on the board.

Northwestern had two major runs that put the game out of reach for the Mustangs. With 2:35 remaining in the first quarter, the Trojans held onto a slim three-point lead before scoring the next 10 points.

Defense led to the last seven when Northwestern scored seven points during the first minute of the second period and built a 12-point lead at the half.

The beginning of the third period saw the Trojans again reel off 10 points in a row.

Labris Adams and Chris Belton scored 33 combined points to lead the way for Northwestern. Adams scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Belton dominated the offensive boards, scoring eight second-chance points.

Marquette Carr was the only Mustang who scored in double figures, finishing with 15 points for Midland Valley.

"I really think that our defense, which has been effective all year, finally led to some points," Northwestern coach Mike Gossett said. "I kept telling our kids to keep plugging along and the points would take care of themselves. Hopefully we can build on this momentum and come away with the tournament title."

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