(Photo by Lance Hanlin, Staff)
The junior varsity, competing in the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Tournament, defeated Cape Central JV 47-43 in Cape Girardeau.
The ninth grade, in the junior high home opener at the Field House, beat the freshman Tigers 42-39 on a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Trey Spence.
And the eighth grade rolled to a 44-26 victory over the Tigers at the Field House.
At Notre Dame High School, Sikeston trailed 14-11 after one quarter, but a 17-10 run in the second quarter gave the Bulldogs a 28-24 halftime lead.
Cape Central led briefly in the third quarter but the Bulldogs took control from there and held on for the win.
"We had a good effort tonight -- it's a good way to start the season," said Sikeston junior varsity coach Brian James. "We pressured the ball pretty well and we played with intensity. We just need to work on boxing out and we need some work on our ball-handling. But overall I was pleased with the effort."
Sikeston was led by Josh Alvarado's 14 points and 12 rebounds. Felante Larry followed up with 11 points, four rebounds and five steals.
Cape Central was led by Alex Ray's 20 points.
Sikeston's junior varsity will play at Blytheville (Ark.) tonight at 6 p.m. before the varsity season opener. They will resume action in the Notre Dame Tournament on Wednesday night against Farmington at 8:15.
The freshman Bulldogs led 18-15 at the half and extended the lead to 32-25 heading into the fourth quarter. The Tigers were able to tie the score in the final moments before Spence's game-winning 3-pointer swished through at the buzzer.
"It was an exciting game for the players and fans," said Sikeston ninth grade coach Chris Sarakas. "We had an excellent effort. It was a good test to see what we need to improve on. We've improved from last year and now we need to take it to the next level."
Spence led all scorers with 19 points. Kash Bratcher followed up with nine points.
Cape Central was led by Jared Thomas and Anthony Hempstead with 13 points apiece.
The Sikeston ninth grade team will host Jackson on Monday following the eighth grade game at 6 p.m.
The eighth grade Bulldogs clearly out-matched the Tigers from the start. The Bulldogs raced out to a 20-8 lead in the first quarter highlighted by Joe Lincoln's 12 points, including a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer.
The Bulldogs continued to pour it on in the second quarter to eventually stake a 30-10 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs coasted through the second half as the Tigers never threatened.
"We played really well," said Sikeston eighth grade coach Kevin Self. "We had good floor balance on offense, we rebounded well on both ends and we took good shots. Defensively we played well on the perimeter. Our post defense will need some work though. The entire team got to play so that's good for morale."
Lincoln and Julian Spencer tied for game-high honors with 14 points apiece. Blake Taylor followed up with eight points.
The Sikeston eighth grade will host Jackson on Monday at 6 p.m.