Toast of the town: Chamois celebrates first trip to Final Four

Chamois will play Eminence in a Class 1 semifinal game Friday in Springfield. (Rod Smith/KRCG13)

CHAMOIS --- It was one of those unexpected moments that make March so wonderful.

Pure madness at its best.

When a guy averaging eight points a game goes out and scores nine points --- in the final three minutes of the biggest game of the year. And, of course, he did it with an exclamation point, a 3-pointer with 1 second left to vault Chamois into the Final Four.

"I had faith," 6-2 senior hero Charles Roberts said. "I let her fly, it just felt so good."

Whatever happens next doesn't matter that much, because Roberts has forever etched his name in Pirates basketball lore.

Charles in Charge.

"He definitely took over when (leading scorer and rebounder) Aaron Brandt fouled out with three minutes left," Chamois coach Kyle Burkett said. "I couldn't be more proud of him."

Has Burkett pinched himself awake yet, after the fantastic finish that sent Chamois to the Final Four for the first time in school history?

"I'm starting to get there," said Burkett, as his unranked Pirates (21-9) get set for a Class 1 semifinal clash with second-ranked Eminence (30-1) at 6:20 p.m. Friday in Springfield. "Words can't describe what this week's been like, it's been amazing.

"We've just gotten all kinds of support from the community."

As in Wednesday night, when Chamois held a gathering at a local restaurant to honor the Pirates. How crowded was it?

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