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Posted On: 03/18/21 9:00 AM

Prep Hoops Missouri takes a look at the matchups for the Final Four of the Class 5 state tournament, which begins today at the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. And of course, we have our fearless predictions. 

Thursday, March 18

Lutheran South vs. Bolivar, 1 p.m. - Lutheran South has made a surprise run to the Final Four with some impressive road wins in the postseason. The Lancers are built around its dynamic pair of 6’7" 2021 Jack Lawson Jack Lawson 6'6" | SF Lutheran South | 2021 State MO and 6’3" 2021 Jonathan Prange Jonathan Prange 6'3" | SG Lutheran South | 2021 State MO , who can both score and rebound and make plays for others. Bolivar has one of the most talented young players in the state in 6’7" 2023 forward Kyle Pock Kyle Pock 6'7" | SF Bolivar | 2023 State MO . The Liberators have size, which includes 6’6" 2022 forward Josh Bowes, who has enjoyed a big postseason. (Prediction: Bolivar)

Cardinal Ritter vs. Van Horn, 3 p.m. - Cardinal Ritter has moved up to the Class 5 ranks after winning the Class 3 state title last season. The Lions survived tough postseason games with University City and DeSmet to return to the Final Four. They are led by 6’3" 2021 Mario Fleming Mario Fleming 6'3" | SG Cardinal Ritter | 2021 State MO and the

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