METROPOLIS, Ill. -- The Sikeston Bulldogs defeated Hopkinsville (Ky.) 69-44 on Saturday afternoon to capture the consolation championship in the Superman Classic at Massac County High School.
It's the first time Sikeston has won two games in the tournament since winning the consolation in 1998.
"These last two games against Paducah Tilghman and today against Hopkinsville are big wins for us," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. "They are both strong programs and we're pleased to get two wins in this tournament. It's always a very difficult tournament."
The Bulldogs controlled the game from the start as they raced out to a 10-2 lead and never trailed.
Sikeston led 16-11 after one quarter and 31-22 at the half highlighted by Julian Beard's steal and one-handed slam in the second quarter. The Bulldogs turned the game into a rout in the third and fourth quarters as they out-scored the Tigers 38-22 in the second half.
Sikeston (7-7) led 54-37 after the third quarter.
They led by as much as 69-39 which kept the clock running due to the mercy rule in the final two minutes.
Sikeston got a game-high 15 points out of Kash Bratcher to go with his seven assists and four rebounds.
Beard added 14 points and three steals.
Bratcher and Beard both made the all-tournament team.
"Both Kash and Julian had outstanding tournaments," said Holifield. "Kash can really shoot and that gets most of the attention but he also gets us in our offense and he plays good defense. Julian has improved every game this year and I think he'll continue to get better with each game."
Tyler Woodson scored a career-high 13 points with 11 coming in the third quarter. He also hit a career-high three 3-pointers to go with his five rebounds.
"Tyler is playing with a lot of confidence right now," said Holifield. "He really stepped up and knocked down some big shots. If he shoots it with confidence I know he can hit those shots."
Joel Nabors also scored a career high with 13 points and six rebounds.
The Bulldogs needed the added production as they had to play without leading scorer and rebounder Rod Moore, who suffered a concussion in Thursday's win against Paducah Tilghman. Moore's status for Tuesday's home game against Jackson was uncertain at press time.
Matt Limbaugh started in Moore's place and overcame two early fouls to lead the team with eight rebounds.
Senior Josh Alvarado came off the bench to score eight points with five rebounds.
Sikeston's game with Jackson will start with junior varsity action at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will then take to the road to play Kelly and will return home on Saturday to play Portageville.
Murphysboro captured the championship with a 77-51 win against Massac County. Wheaton Academy defeated Caruthersville in the third place game. Notre Dame defeated Paducah Tilghman for seventh place.
SIKESTON (69) -- Kash Bratcher 15, Julian Beard 14, Tyler Woodson 13, Joel Nabors 13, Josh Alvarado 8, Robbie Howard 4, Matt Limbaugh 2.
FG 22, FT 4-6, F 16. (3-pointers: Woodson 3, Beard 2, Bratcher 2. Fouled out: none).
HOPKINSVILLE (44) -- Chad Brown 12, Cody Adams 11, Greg White 9, Jeremy Wardell 6, Zach Hayes 3, Derwin Breed 2, Brandon Etheridge 1.
FG 16, FT 6-14, F 7. (3-pointers: White 1, Hayes 1. Fouled out: none).