CRYSTAL LAKE – Jacobs junior guard Cory Boeckh basically has one job on offense – spot up near the 3-point line and let it fly.
Boeckh performed his task well in the first half, nailing three 3-pointers as the Golden Eagles defeated Crystal Lake Central, 46-25, in their Class 4A Central Regional boys basketball tournament play-in game at Central's Fieldhouse.
No. 3-seeded Jacobs (16-13) faces No. 2 Prairie Ridge (17-10) at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the second semifinal. No. 6 Dundee-Crown (9-17) meets No. 1 Cary-Grove (15-12) in the first semifinal at 6 p.m.
“All the credit goes to [guard] Kenton [Mack],” Boeckh said. “He was getting into the paint and getting me the ball. He got me open looks and I knocked them down.”
Mack scored 11 points to lead the Eagles and Mike Canady came off the bench to add nine points, all in the fourth quarter.
Jason Price scored eight points to lead No. 6-seeded Central (3-25).
“Cory’s doing what we need him to do,” Jacobs coach Jimmy Roberts said. “That’s a nice job, when you’re open, shoot. We saw their 1-2-2 [zone] and said, ‘It’s time to get Cory in.’ He’s a weapon when he makes shots, and he’s a weapon when he’s just in the game because he draws a lot of attention.”
Jacobs and Prairie Ridge split during the regular season, each winning on the other's home floor.
"Both teams are playing well now," Roberts said. "It should be a tough, competitive environment."