CHAFFEE -- Sam Burnett sank 20-of-21 free throws and scored a game-high 27 points, leading Chaffee to a 74-58 win over Delta on Tuesday night.
The win marks Chaffee's fourth in five games, putting new light on a season that was down in the dumps just a couple of weeks ago.
"We're really starting to play good basketball when it matters the most," said Chaffee head coach David Mirly. "Like I told the guys tonight, it's fun just to sit back and watch them play. Everything we work on in practice, they're out there doing it. They're enjoying themselves, playing hard and getting after it."
Burnett led the way from the foul line, and his teammates followed suit. As a team, the Red Devils hit 33-of-38 free throws in the 16-point victory.
"Free throws were the key to this game," said Mirly. "Sam Burnett really stepped up. It seemed like every time we were up at the free throw line, we got two points."
Chaffee jumped out to a 18-14 lead and never looked back, outscoring Delta 21-12 in the second quarter and 16-13 in the third. Both teams scored 19 in the final stage, giving the Red Devils a 74-58 victory.
Behind Burnett, James Reischman scored 20 points. Tyler Graham and Brent Thomason each contributed eight.
For Delta, Derek Helderman scored 18 points, Brent Menz added 14 and Joey Keys finished with 10.
"We were able to slow down their two big guys on offense," said Mirly. "We really frustrated Brent Menz and Joey Keys all night long. They scored most of their points in the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. Our guys did a great job on defense there."
Chaffee (5-14) will host Oran on Friday night.
ORAN -- Ryne Wood hit six 3-pointers, leading Oran to a 65-58 win over Advance on Tuesday night.
The senior guard hit three treys in the third quarter as the Eagles outscored Advance 28-18 to pull away. Behind Wood, Patrick Friga scored 17 points and Nathan Seyer added 10.
For Advance, Jared Ritter led the way with 22 points, followed by Jason Bahr with 13 and Zach Hudson with nine. Oran (17-5) will travel to Sikeston tonight.
CARUTHERSVILLE - The Bell City Cubs lost a shootout on the road with the red-hot Caruthersville Tigers on Tuesday night, 90-87.
Caruthersville got 25 points from Southeast Missouri State signee Chris Springer.
"From a talent standpoint, I thought they were the best team we've played all year," said Bell City head coach David Heeb. "They got out in the open floor in the second half, they got some dunks and got the crowd in the game. They got the momentum and got a lead on us."
The Cubs (19-5) were led by Dominitrix Johnson and Eric Henry, who each had 27 points.
"We turned the ball over a lot," said Heeb. "We came out in the first quarter and turned the ball over eight times. We shot ourselves in the foot. We made too many mistakes to beat a good team."
SIKESTON -- Kelly Essner scored 19 points and Dana Essner added 18 as the Kelly Lady Hawks defeated Scott Central on Tuesday night, 62-49.
The Lady Hawks fell behind early, but came back to outscore Scott Central 19-17 in the second quarter, 17-8 in the third, then 16-14 in the fourth.
"I was very proud of the intensity and effort the girls gave tonight against a good ballclub that plays well at home," said Kelly coach Rod McQuerter. "We're excited about how the girls are playing at this time of the year."
Behind the Essners, Cara Scherer scored 10 points for the Lady Hawks. For Scott Central, Jennifer Hoots scored 17, Kristin Valenzeula added 15 and Janet Penrod finished with 10.
Kelly (17-4) will host Notre Dame on Thursday.