(Photos by Chris Pobst, Staff)
CAPE GIRARDEAU - The Jackson Indians have made it to the final round of the seMissourian Christmas Tournament seven out of the last eight years. On Saturday, the Indians took home their third championship since 2003 defeating the Notre Dame Bulldogs, 61-53.
Jake Leet poured in 31 points and was deadly from 3-point range with four. While Hunter Grantham scored 13 points towards the Indians win.
Ryan Willen scored 27 with three 3-pointers and sophomore Nick Koeppel added 10.
"I thought that after the loss last night (Dec. 28) we come back and played hard," Bluejays head coach Danny Farmer said. "We wanted to end the year with a win and leave this tournament 3-1 instead of 2-2."
It looked like it was going to be close the entire game, with Charleston leading 21-17 just after one quarter. But, the pressure that the Tigers saw from the Bluejays for the remaining three quarters became insurmountable, and Charleston began to pull away.
"It's important after a loss to come back and get back to yourself and get it behind you and keep playing, because our schedule is too tough to linger on a loss."
Antonio Riggens led all scorers with 21 points and also hit five 3-pointers. The Jays big-man Brian Parham chipped in with 15 and Deonte Jones added 10 points.
Cape Central's Shane Nolan led his team with 12, while Chase Johnson scored 11 points.
The Scott County Central Braves rolled over the Scott City Rams, 82-48, in rout to a fifth place finish.
This game was played without two of the Braves prominent starters in Caleb Johnson and Drew Thomas. Johnson was out due to a sprained ankle, while Thomas missed the team bus.
D.D. Gillespie was still present though, he led all scorers with 21 points, while freshman Otto Porter filled in for the absent with 16. Randy Timmons and Toby Heeb also added 13, respectively, and Bobby Hatchett chipped in with 12.
Scott City was led by Alex King, who scored 14, and Jay Simmons scored 13 points.
In the consolation game, the Kelly Hawks managed to take the sting out of the Advance Hornets to win ninth place, 58-53.
Kelly took a commanding 17-8 lead after one quarter of play, but the Hornets outscored the Hawks 15-10 during the second to cut the lead down to four points going into half time with a 27-23 deficit.
Advance would eventually take control of the lead, 37-36 after the third quarter, but during the fourth, Kelly regained the lead by outscoring the Hornets 22-16 and went on to take home the consolation plaque.
The Hawks were led by a strong showing by Josh DeBrock who scored 26 points. Levi Felter scored 11 in the winning effort.
Jacob Bond led Advance with 16, while Matt Ware added 15.