BLOOMFIELD -- The Dexter Bearcats matched up against the Bloomfield Wildcats . . . again.
It was the teams' third meeting this season as Dexter had won the previous games against the Bloomfield team.
The saying, "Third time's a charm!" would not hold true for the Bloomfield Wildcats on Tuesday night in the Stoddard County Tournament.
Dexter would win easily in this mismatched contest. Chris Hyten of the Bearcats would not start the game because of sickness, but it would not matter in the long run.
The Bearcats would come out strong in the first quarter and would never look back. Dexter led early in the first period 14-4, and they would lead at the end of the first quarter by the score of 25-13. The Bearcats outscored the Wildcats 24-10 in the second, and led at halftime 49-23. At the end of the third, Dexter led 77-38.
Could Bloomfield come back in the fourth quarter and make a game of it?
Would the Wildcats bridge the gap between this 49-point deficit?
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the answer to both questions is no. Dexter would hit the century mark and go on to win the game 101-44.
Kyle Christian led all Dexter scorers with 15 points, followed by Chad Gill with 13 and Matt Burnett with 12. Chris Car and Aaron Guethle each contributed 11. Dustin Massey paced Bloomfield with nine.
Richland faced off against the Bernie Mules in which proved to be a fairly even matchup. Sixth-seeded Richland upset the third-seeded Mules in a game that was decided by tempo and clutch-shooting.
Richland's Tyson Finnell hit one of two free throws in overtime to put the Rebels up 51-50.
Bernie inbounded the ball with only 5.3 seconds left in the extra period. As Waylon Owens pulled up for the shot in the key, the Rebels' Travis Nelson partially palmed the ball.
Sherome Cole led the offensive charge for Richland, scoring a game-high 20 points. Chad Wooldridge led Bernie with 19 points.
BENTON -- Kewain Gant scored 14 points to lead a balanced Charleston scoring attack.
The Bluejays (10-5) also got 11 points from both Dontay Clark and Lezcano Dean. Kelly (3-12) was paced by Chris Glastetter with 13 points.
OAK RIDGE -- Oran, leading by just three points at halftime, pulled away in the second half.
The Eagles (12-4) got 14 points from Patrick Friga and 13 from Nathan Seyer. The Blue Jays (6-9) were paced by Clayton Ruesler with 14 points.
POPLAR BLUFF -- The seventh-ranked Mules used an 8-3 run at the start of the second half to extend a seven-point halftime lead on Tuesday.
Tony Webb scored six of his game-high 17 points in the third frame while freshman Tyler Hansbrough added five of his 16 points.
Joey Evans led East Carter (12-4) with 12 points. Poplar Bluff, 16-2 overall and 3-0 in SEMO play, hosts Cape Central on Friday and New Madrid on Tuesday.
NEELYVILLE -- Hayti ran its record to 10-6 Tuesday with an 88-43 win over Neelyville.
The Indians hit seven 3-pointers in the game. Hershel Grant accounted for four of them, finishing with 18 points overall. Peterson led all scorers with 21 points, followed by Llewellyn Borders with 15 and Derek Moore with 14.
Neelyville drops to 6-11 with the loss.
PARK HILLS -- An extremely strong Park Hills boys basketball team handed Notre Dame a decisive loss for the second time this season as the host Rebels romped 70-53 Tuesday night.
The Rebels (16-2), whose two losses have been to Poplar Bluff, got a game-high 27 points from Brad Gross.
The Bulldogs (12-6) were led by Doug Schaefer with 14 points and Travis Siebert with 10.
Park Hills jumped ahead 16-10 after one quarter and led 39-22 at halftime.
"They're a good team," said Notre Dame coach Darrin Scott. "It was a combination of them playing well and us not playing very well."
DELTA -- Craig Bock pumped in 23 points, Joey Keys had 23 and Lance Kinder added 15 to lead Delta (7-11). Heath Stephens scored 21 points for Marquand (6-9), which also got 14 points from Jason Thomas, 12 from Ryan Stephens, 11 from Nick Kunz and 10 from Jared Kunz.