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NMCC finishes second in Bass Pro tournament

Monday, January 21, 2002

SPRINGFIELD - The New Madrid County Central Eagles had a fine showing at the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions over the weekend finishing in second place.

The Eagles fell to the Vashon Wolverines on Sunday night 67-54 in the championship game.

Vashon is ranked No. 1 in Missouri Class 4A while the Eagles are ranked first in Class 3A.

Vashon led 21-14 after one quarter and 40-30 at halftime. The Wolverines led by as much as 20 in the third quarter and led 54-38 entering the fourth quarter.

Vashon (16-1), which entered the game ranked in most national polls, was led by Nicholas Kern's 25 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots. He's headed to St. Louis University.

All-American guard Jimmy McKinney, who's headed to the University of Missouri, finished with 16 points and five rebounds. Donnie Jackson added 10 points for the Wolverines.

NMCC (14-2) was led by all-state guard Dereke Tipler with 20 points.

Brian Murph followed up with 15 points and seven rebounds. Desmond Sims pulled down nine rebounds, eight on the offensive end to go with his six points.

The Eagles out-rebounded Vashon 30-20 in the game but couldn't overcome their 14 turnovers or the 42 percent shooting from the field.

Both Vashon and NMCC have won back-to-back state championships in their respective classes. NMCC last appeared in the Tournament of Champions in 1996 when they went 0-3.

This is Vashon's first ever Tournament of Champions first place finish.

NMCC reached the championship game by defeating Christ the King, N.Y., on Saturday 63-62. In that game, Tipler pumped in 23 points with eight assists to lead the Eagles.

Christ the King was led by Japhet McNeil's 21 points.

The Eagles will host Kennett on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

In other tournament games, Glendale beat Christ the King 56-45 in the third place game, Ozark beat Heritage Christian, Texas 81-72 in the fifth place game, and Centralia, Ill., defeated Oviedo, Fla., 80-63 in the seventh place game.