The Lions defeated Marshall County, Ky. 66-55 in game one of the Marlin Christmas Classic on Monday to put Cannon County in the semifinals.
The trio of Josh Ruehlen, Jacob Nave and Austin Martin accounted for 54 of the Lions' 66 points. Nave led the Lions with 24. Ruehlen added 18 and Martin finished a dozen.
The Lions (12-4, 3-1) took an early lead after scoring 21 in the opening frame, and extended their lead to 29-20 heading into halftime.
On 23-of-42 shooting from the field, Cannon County finished the game on 54 percent shooting.