Notre Dame too much for Scott Central in anticipated match-up of touted teams
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The most anticipated game of the night at the seMissourian Christmas Tournament did not disappoint the big crowd Thursday. The last game of day two, featured the fifth-seed Notre Dame Bulldogs who pulled off a mild upset against the fourth-seed Scott County Central Braves in a close 68-60 decision.
With about two minutes to go, and the Braves only down 60-58, the Bulldogs were able to get to the free throw line and sink eight free throws, while Scott Central only managed a two-point basket to finish the game.
A winded Ronnie Cookson, had only this to say following the game.
"They got a good ball club and they're well coached."
Notre Dame was able to beat Scott Central's press for most of the night. Also, costly second half turnovers did not help the Braves cause as well.
"It was a good ballgame," Notre Dame head coach Paul Hale said. "Two teams played awful hard. We just made a few more free throws."
Scott Central was led by Caleb Johnson who had 20 points. D.D. Gillespie added 18.
Austin Greer led all scorers with 23, while Ryan Willen chipped in with 19.
The Braves (7-2) will now be playing in the fifth-place bracket, where they will take on the eighth-seed Oran Eagles Friday at 3 p.m.
This win by the Bulldogs means that they will square off against the number one-seed, Charleston Bluejays in the semifinal round.
"They're tough," Hale said. "We go from pressure, to more pressure. They're a little bit bigger than Scott Central. I don't know if they're quicker, but they are bigger. They present more problems on the boards."
The Charleston-Notre Dame match up is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start Friday night.
The top-seeded Charleston Bluejays scored the first eight points of their quarterfinal game with Oran and never stopped filling the basket in a 76-45 victory.
"In the end, we kind of got it together and played well enough to win," Bluejay head coach Danny Farmer said. "I think we can play better. When you got somebody down by a whole lot, its hard to get serious."
Charleston's Donald Dixon led the charge of nine different scorers for Charleston with 30 points. The junior put up 26 points in the first half alone. Also in double digits were Antonio Riggens and Brian Parham with 13 points each.
Kody Campbell of Oran scored 21 points in defeat.
The No. 7 seed, Cape Central, upset second-seeded and defending champion Bell City 58-54.
Bell City jumped out to a 21-11 lead in the first period, but the Tigers battled back and cut the lead to 32-29 at the half.
Cape Central's Anthony Watts hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to put the Tigers up 58-54 and seal the win.
Watts led the Tigers in scoring with 17 while Shane Nolen and Zach Boerboom scored 15 and 11 respectively.
Nick Niemczyk led Bell City with 29 points.
Jackson will get a third meeting this season with Cape Central as the Indians used their depth inside to dispatch Scott City 64-44.
Jake Leet scored 21 to lead the Indians while Hunter Grantham added 20. Spencer Goodman pitched in 14.
Scott City was led by Jay Simmons' 15 points. Caleb Estes and Alex King each scored 10.
Advance sophomore reserve Matt Ware grabbed an offensive rebound and banked it in with just seconds to go to give his Hornets a 59-58 victory over the Chaffee Red Devils.
Chaffee got a big game from senior Jerod Steger, whose 22 points was a game high, but was unable to convert at the free throw line, making just 12 of 22 attempts during the game.
Ware finished with 11 points for the game, all coming in the second half. David VanGennip also scored 13 points in the game.
Woodland's Caleb Lee hit a 3-point shot with 6 seconds remaining in the game to force overtime with Oak Ridge in a consolation bracket game at the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, but his team was unable use its momentum to win in overtime.
Freshman starter Brett Thomas scored 14 points for Oak Ridge, including six in overtime, as the Blue Jays won 70-65.
Woodland's Kyle Reynolds led all scorers with 23 points, while Lee ended up with 15.
The Kelly Hawks were able to make big runs early in both halves and record a 78-42 victory over Meadow Heights in the third consolation game Thursday.
Josh DeBrock for Kelly scored 33 points to tie him for the tournament single-
game high. Josh Rogers also registered double digits with 14 points.
Meadow Heights was led by Tyler Wagner with 10 points, Dustin Hubler with 8 points and Tyler Welker with 6 points.
The Delta Bobcats, who were seeded at the bottom of the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, defeated the Leopold Wildcats 61-48 for their first victory of the season on Thursday.
Seniors Chase Rhodes and Tyler Martin paced Delta (1-6) with 16 points, while sophomore Gage Bowers added 14.
The Wildcats got 17 points from Darren VanGennip and 14 points from Larry Nussbaum.