POPLAR BLUFF - The Sikeston ninth grade basketball teams slipped to 3-7 on the season with a 58-48 loss to Poplar Bluff in the Poplar Bluff Junior High Tournament on Wednesday.
Sikeston saw Dominique McCray, Sherwin Jones and Tommie Strong all score nine points but the team's 12-of-29 free throw shooting was too big an obstacle to overcome.
Sikeston will play Dexter at 6 p.m. tonight in the tournament.
Dexter 6 p.m.
"We lost by 10 but it was a much closer game -- we had to foul at the end and they hit their free throws," said Sikeston coach Chris Sarakas. "We played really hard. We battled hard and I think they realize now what it takes to compete with good teams."