MAGAZINE — St. Joseph's boys clinched a berth in next week's Class AA state tournament Thursday night with a 77-42 romp over Mountainburg in the opening round of the West Regional.

The Bulldogs (29-2) led 25-12 after the first quarter and 44-13 at the half.

Andrew Beck and Cole Schichtl each had 15 points for St. Joseph while Drew Bates added 13.

St. Joseph plays in the semifinals Saturday in the weather-delayed tournament.