(Photos by David Jenkins, Staff)
BLOOMFIELD -- The 47th Annual Bloomfield Christmas Tournament got underway on Friday at Bloomfield High School.
As usual, the top-seeded team rolled to easy wins. However, there was one major upset as 12th-seeded South Pemiscot took out No. 5 Kennett 53-50.
Other than that, every other game went as seeded.
Dexter 99, Richland 44
The Bearcats saw 12 players reach the scoring column, including four in double figures.
Chris Guethle led the way with 17 points followed by Derek Demaree with 15.
Anthony Elfrink chipped in with 13 while Kyle Espey added 12 points.
Richland was led by Corey Moore's nine points.
The East Carter County Redbirds had no trouble disposing of No. 15 seed Greenville as they led 47-14 at the half.
East Carter, seeded second, got 21 points out of all-state guard David Reynolds. Trevor Douglas and Allen Wilder each had 15 points while Tyler Stahl had 14.
Greenville was led by Donny Helm with 15 points.
Twin Rivers 68, Puxico 17
Third-seeded Twin Rivers put the defensive clamps on Puxico, limiting the Indians to just 17 points on the night.
The Royals led 34-9 at the half and 54-15 entering the fourth quarter.
Sophomore guard Michael Lance scored 22 points while John Thrasher and Jason Baucom each had 10 points.
Jesse Townsend led Puxico with nine points.
Doniphan 77, Bernie 48
Leading just 38-34 at the half, the fourth-seeded Dons out-scored No. 13 Bernie 25-4 in the third quarter to blow the game open.
All of a sudden, a close game at halftime turned into a 63-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Doniphan was led by 6-foot-7 sophomore Matt Rogers with 17 points. Stephan Reichers followed up with 16 points and Brett Reed added 14 points.
Bernie was led by Britt Arnold's 21 points. Zach Dill followed up with 14 points.
South Pemiscot 53, Kennett 50
In the only upset of the night, No. 12 South Pemiscot came from behind to defeat fifth-seeded Kennett.
The Bulldogs trailed 25-19 at the half and 38-36 entering the fourth quarter.
South Pemiscot was led by Percy Brock's 14 points and Alonzo Jones with 13 points.
Kennett got 12 points out of Dontavis Jones and 11 points out of Tyrone Duckworth.
Bloomfield 73, East Prairie 58
The 11th-seeded East Prairie Eagles gave host school Bloomfield all they wanted, but couldn't hold off a strong finish from the sixth-seeded Wildcats.
East Prairie tied the score at 58-58 on two Roger Swann free throws with 5:11 left in the game, but Bloomfield finished the game on a 15-0 run to win.
Bloomfield was led by Eric Jones with 21 points. Jordan Sandage followed up with 19 points. Grant Jones added 14 and Tim Perry had 11 points.
East Prairie was led by Jared Carden's 16 points and Aaron Harland with 15 points.
Portageville 67, Van Buren 55
Despite having one of the youngest and smallest teams he's ever had, head coach Jim Bidewell continued his Bloomfield tournament success by holding off 10th-seeded Van Buren.
Portageville, seeded seventh, led from the outset and never trailed.
The Bulldogs never could shake Van Buren, leading 49-41 heading into the fourth quarter, but they never were seriously threatened either.
Portageville was led by sharpshooting lefty Jimmy Larry with 19 points. Ultra-quick point guard Willie Hassell followed up with 14 points.
Senior Ramone Kershaw chipped in with 10 points.
Van Buren was led by Tyler Cleaver with 14 points.
Hayti 59, Malden 41
The eighth-seeded Hayti Indians used a big second quarter to build a lead on No. 9 Malden as they cruised to the win.
Hayti saw Dallas Winda scored 13 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter. William Moore, who has given Mizzou a verbal commitment in football, scored 11 points.
Malden was led by freshman Quintin Gorden with 11 points. Jordan Beaird followed up with 10 points.
The tournament continued on Saturday. Results from those games will be in Monday's edition.