Three regional championships were up for grabs Thursday night, but unfortunately none of Crawford County's teams were able come away with a title.
It was a heart-stopper and a heart-breaker in Robinson, as Nuttall Middle School's eighth grade squad fell just short against top-seeded Marshall, losing the title game of the Class 3A Robinson Regional 36-34.
Robinson fell behind early, digging themselves a 13-4 hole after one quarter, then they were outscored 8-3 in the second quarter for a 21-7 halftime deficit.
The Raiders responded in the second half, as they outscored Marshall 11-6 in the third quarter to close the gap to 27-18, then outscored them 16-9 in the fourth quarter, only to fall a basket short.
Robinson had a shot in the final seconds to tie, but it was off the mark.
Ethan White led NMS with 12 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot, while Jake Powell posted eight points, six rebounds and one blocked shot. Parrish Hutchens netted six points and one rebound, Dylan Dirks totaled four points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal, Gordon Pinkston contributed three points, two rebounds and two assists, Palmer Hutchens chipped in with one point and one assist, Wade Lassen grabbed two rebounds and Dalton Albright added one steal.
Robinson ended the season with a 15-9 record.
At Effingham, Oblong came up empty in their bid for a regional championship, as they were beaten by Arcola, 46-29, in the Class 2A Effingham St. Anthony Regional.
Dawson Maus led OGS with 12 points, while Mark Newell also reached double digits with 10 points. Ryan Gill tossed in five points and Zach Hawkins added three to round out the scoring.
At Palestine, the host Pioneers also lost their title bout, falling to Tri-County 38-17.
Palestine had a good start to the game, holding a 7-6 lead after one quarter, but the Pioneers were then outscored 11-4 in the second quarter for a 17-11 halftime deficit. Palestine was outscored 9-6 in the third quarter to make the score 26-17, then was blanked 12-0 in the fourth quarter, allowing Tri-County to pull away for the win.
Jacob Fritchie led PGS with five points, while Riley Ogle scored four. Chase Crampton, Dawson Ferguson, Nathan Kiger and Jayden Woodward netted two points apiece for the Pioneers.