MINONK -- Tim Meiss and the Eureka High School boys basketball team finally found a way to slow Central Catholic down.
It still didn't matter.
With numerous scoring options, Central managed to fight through the Hornets' slow-tempo style of play to secure a 46-32 victory Friday night and the Class 2A Fieldcrest Regional title.
The Saints travel to the Olympia Sectional on Tuesday to face Tremont at 7 p.m.
Central (22-6) held Eureka to two points on 1-of-11 shooting in the first quarter, but the Hornets used Meiss' patented strategy to climb within 18-14 at the half.
Saints' senior star Nick Norton went 0 for 5 from the floor in the first half, but was picked up by teammates Elliot Hoerdemann and Austin Holman, who scored seven and six points, respectively.
"Anyone can go off on any night," said Hoerdemann, who finished the game with 10 points. "So when one of us is off, we can rally around him a bit and get something going."
Eureka (15-13) watched Central do just that as the Saints reeled off a 8-0 run to start the second half. Hoerdemann got things going with a 3-pointer before Holman (nine points) sank a layup followed by Norton's 3-pointer, his first basket of the game.
That made it 26-14 with 5:38 to go in the third quarter and Central held on for its third win over Eureka this season.
Jake Reinhart led all scorers with 11 points. Norton scored all 10 of his points after the break.
"I didn't have the best first half, but my teammates helped me out," Norton said. "We have options on this team and that helps us get through games like this."
The Saints' defense limited Eureka to six points in the third period. Central led 32-20 heading into the final quarter and built the margin to 39-24 midway through the period.
Kyle Hardy paced Eureka with eight points.
"This was a tough game and we knew it would be," Central coach Jason Welch said. "Every game you're going to play in the regional and beyond is going to be tough, and you really have to be at the top of your game."
Meiss believed his team played well after keeping the game competitive compared to a 64-45 home loss to Central a week ago.
"I thought we battled very well and did some nice things. I'm proud of our team for that," he said. "But Central's a very great team and you have to applaud them for what they were able to do tonight."