PORTAGEVILLE -- C.J. Hadley scored 22 points and Eric Henry followed with 16 as Bell City pulled out an impressive win over Advance Tuesday night, 69-68.
It was Advance's first loss of the season.
"I've got to give most of the credit tonight to the kids on our bench," said Bell City coach David Heeb. "They kept us in the ballgame until the starters could get back in there and close it out. We had some kids foul out, and they had some kids foul out. It just came down to our bench played better than their bench did."
Bell City was called for 25 fouls in the game and had two players foul out. Advance was whistled for 30 overall, and saw four foul out.
Brent Thompson, Ty Brown and Kenyen Wright all came off the bench and produced for the Cubs, combining for 12 points.
Bell City jumped out to a 23-11 lead in the game, but foul trouble allowed Advance to pull within six at halftime. The Hornets took the lead in the second half, but the Cubs rallied in the final period to pull out the win.
"At the end of the game, we kind of just asked Eric to take over," said Heeb. "He wanted the ball, and when he was finally allowed to play, (Advance) couldn't do anything with him."
Jared Ritter led all Advance scorers with 20 points, followed by Chris Walker with 15 and Cain Kelly with 12.
Bell City (2-2) will travel to Delta on Friday night. Advance (3-1) will host Puxico on Friday.
ZALMA -- Scott Central improved to 3-1 Tuesday, beating Zalma 85-57. The Braves held just an eight point lead in the third quarter, but pulled away late for the win.
"It was a real struggle," said Scott Central coach Steve Wells. "We kind of slept walked through the first two and a half quarters. We finally woke up toward the end of the third quarter and got things going. We played very well in the last quarter and a half."
Terrance Williams led the scoring charge for Scott Central with 32 points, followed by Chris Johnson with 27.
"Terrance only had seven in the first half, but he had a nice second half," said Wells. "Chris Johnson did the work for us in the first half."
Reinhardt paced Zalma with 15 points.
Scott Central will host Oak Ridge on Friday.
PORTAGEVILLE -- Portageville rebounded from Friday's heartbreaking loss to beat Kelly on Monday, 54-32.
Eric Booker and Danny Scherer each scored 12 points, while Aaron Bidewell contributed 11.
"This gets us in the 'W' column," said Portageville coach Jim Bidewell. "At least we're going to win one game this year. I'm really proud of how hard we have played the last two games."
Portageville held a commanding 40-16 lead at halftime, but pulled back in the second half, coasting to the 22-point victory.
"We got after them early, and were able to control the tempo for the most part," explained Bidewell. "But Kelly fought and didn't give up. Coach (Nick) Lanpher always has his kids playing hard. I think we just took advantage of our quickness, and our depth played a part there in the end."
Tyler Schloser led all Kelly scorers with seven points.
Portageville (1-1) will host Hayti on Friday. Kelly (1-3) will travel to Bloomfield on Tuesday.
CHAFFEE -- In a wild season opener, Chaffee outscored East Prairie 11-0 in the fourth quarter to force overtime before eventually falling 68-56 in double overtime Tuesday night.
"It was pretty wild way to start," said Chaffee boys basketball coach David Mirly, who made his Red Devil debut. "It seemed like we were always digging out of a hole."
East Prairie led throughout the game, holding a 21-12 lead after one quarter, a 29-24 advantage at halftime and a 48-37 lead entering the final eight minutes.
East Prairie then went scoreless in the final period as Chaffee (0-1) managed to tie the score on a pair of Sam Burnett free throws with 30 seconds left in regulation. After East Prairie missed a wild shot at the buzzer, the teams played to a 4-4 stalemate in the first overtime. East Prairie then scored the first five points of the second overtime as it pulled away.
East Prairie's Aaron Gifford scored half of his 16 points on the night in the second overtime on 8 of 9 free-throw shooting. Matt Boyer led the Eagles with 23 points.
Chase Eskew scored 21 points for Chaffee while Burnett added 17.
DEXTER -- The Bobcats rode a decided edge at the charity stripe to victory over the Bulldogs.
Dexter was 16-of-17 from the free-throw line -- 8-of-8 in the fourth quarter -- while Notre Dame (2-2) got to the line only four times, converting three.
The game was closely contested throughout as Notre Dame trailed by only two at the half and only four at the end of the third period. Scott Wittenborn led the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Cory Buessink and Travis Siebert contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Matt Christian paced Dexter with 19 points, including five three-pointers, followed by Chad Gill with 17 and Chris Carr with 15.
PERRYVILLE -- The Indians finally opened their season Tuesday and quickly pounced on Scott City, jumping out to an 18-4 lead en route to victory. Cousins Tyler Wengert and Matt Wengert led the way for St. Vincent (1-0) with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Tyler Ward scored 14 points for Scott City while David Dees added 10. The Indians led 18-7 after the first quarter and 36-28 at halftime. St. Vincent took a 49-36 lead into the fourth quarter.
"For being the first game, overall I thought we played real good," said St. Vincent coach Bruce Valleroy.
PERRYVILLE -- Perryville point guard Jon Miesner scored a game-high 23 points as the Pirates soundly defeated Farmington.
Miesner scored 12 of his team's first 14 points in the game as Perryville (2-1) broke out to a 16-11 lead.
"He came out and was on fire," said Perryville coach Jeff Steffens. Miesner connected for five of his team's eight 3-pointers and was the only Pirate to finish in double-figure scoring.
The Pirates extended the advantage to 33-21 by halftime and 46-29 by the start of the fourth quarter.
MARBLE HILL -- In a game with several momentum swings, Woodland barely won a rivalry game over its county rival Leopold. Luke Johnson scored a game-high 24 points for the Cardinals (3-1) while his teammate Michael Owens poured in 22.
Kevin Holzum led Leopold with 16 points, followed by Scott VanGennip with 13. Woodland led 31-30 at halftime and 45-43 going into the fourth quarter.
"It's a close rivalry," Woodland coach Jennings Wilkinson said. "We always have good games. Tonight's game was no different."
OAK RIDGE -- Oak Ridge (2-3) avenged a 14-point loss suffered last week in the Woodland Tournament as it won its home opener.
Jeff Cowan led four Oak Ridge players in double figures with 21 points. Adam Hahs had 19, Alex Fadler scored 17 and Clayton Ruesler added 13. Craig Bock and Lance Kinder provided a big one-two punch for Delta, scoring 27 and 25 points, respectively.
Some information provided by Southeast Missouri News Service.