PEORIA — GCMS High School senior Mitch McNutt led the way while Heyworth junior Colin McCubbins also advanced through the Class 2A COUNTRY Financial Three-Point Showdown preliminary round Thursday at Carver Arena.
McNutt sank 11 shots and McCubbins made 10 along with Demarcus Williams of Chicago Collins and Billy Samano of Niles Northridge Prep. They will square off at 7 p.m. Friday in the finals.
Senior Dylan Smith of El Paso-Gridley just missed the final round with nine.
Two area competitors — junior Tyler Grimsley of Lexington (6) and senior Matthew Nunamker of Ridgeview (5) — failed to advance in the Class 1A preliminaries.
Bradon Annegers of West Central was the Class 1A leader with 11 while Clinton Richardson of Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, Justin Hart of Amboy and Steven Price of Gardner all made 10. They will compete in Friday's 12:45 p.m. finals.
The Class 1A and 2A champions will move on to the King of the Hill competition on March 17 at 12:45 p.m.