(Photos by Chris Pobst, Staff)
PERRYVILLE -- In the final game of the 2007 Heartland Hoopfest in Perryville Saturday night, The Charleston Bluejays made the snowy trip home with their second loss of the season, losing to the St. Francis Borgia Knights, 65-63.
After leading 38-31 at the half, The Bluejays were outscored 18-8, in the third quarter. Despite the difference, Charleston found themselves down only by three points, after Borgia's Sam Cassmeyer, hit his only field goal of the game, a 3-pointer, to put the Knights up 49-46 at the start of the fourth quarter.
With the score 64-61 in the Knights favor, Charleston's Jerquawn Sherrell pulled up for a 3-point attempt with 11 seconds left in the game, but was off the mark. After a rebound by St. Francis Borgia and a quick foul by the Bluejays, Tyler Ressel stepped up to the line and made one to put the Knights ahead by four.
The inbound pass went to Donald Dixon, who then scurried up the floor and sank a jump-shot from around the free throw line to pull the Jays to within two, with 1.8 seconds left in the game.
"I think they wanted the game a lot more," Bluejays head coach Danny Farmer said. "They're accustomed to winning the same as we are and I think we got outplayed."
Farmer went on to say that although his team came up short, he felt a game like this will help out down the road.
"These types of games build character," Farmer said. "All its going to do is help us to get better. We played a very good team, a very smart team and a team that I have a lot of respect for and I expected it to be a good game.
"I'm disappointed in the loss, but it was a good game to play."
Eric Kimminaw and Nathan Scheer both had 19 points, respectively. Most of Kimminaw's points came from behind the 3-point line where he set a new Hoopfest record with five 3-pointers. Ressel had 17 points.
The next game for the Bluejays (7-2) will be at the seMissourian Christmas Tournament. The top-seeded Charleston Bluejays will take on the Delta Bobcats, Dec. 26 at 9 a.m.
The Scott County Central Braves came away with a win Saturday night at the Hoopfest, defeating the Arlington Golden Knights, 91-74.
A competitive first half saw SCC go into half time with a 38-34 lead. But, the Braves were able to capitalize on some turnovers by Arlington and began to slowly pull away during the third quarter, going up 66-52.
Down by 14 points, the Golden Knights only managed to trade baskets with the Braves until the end of regulation.
"I really thought the kids played well," Scott County head coach Ronnie Cookson said. "Arlington has a really fine program. Their coach told me they're a little bit down this year, but they still have a fine bunch of kids."
D.D. Gillespie led all scorers with 23 points. Caleb Johnson and Drew Thomas both recorded double-doubles, with 21 points and 13 rebounds for Johnson. While Thomas recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Arlington was led by Aaron Weeden and Phillip Freeman who each had 14 points a piece.
The Braves next game will be at the seMissourian Christmas Tournament. Where the number four seed Scott Central Braves (6-1) will face the Chaffee Red Devils Dec. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
Chester, Ill. 70, East Prairie 62
The East Prairie Eagles were unable to pull out a victory at the Hoopfest Saturday afternoon, going down to the Chester, Ill. Yellow Jackets, 70-62.
The Eagles led the game at half time, 30-28, and were down by just one point at the end of the third quarter. But, the Eagles were outscored 24-17 during the fourth.
M.C. Williams led all scorers with 22 points. Tony Jones scored 13, while Ryan Jones added 10.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Chris Kern's 21 points. Clint Bert also added 20.
The next game for the Eagles will be at Bloomfield, Tuesday. Tip-off is scheduled to be at 6 p.m.
In the fifth game at the Hoopfest, the Bell City Cubs (8-0) went on to defeat the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders, 81-66.
After a tie game, 14-14, after the first quarter, the Cubs were able to pull away and take the lead until the final buzzer sounded.
Bell City's Nick Niemczyk led the Cubs with 27. Phillip Gross added 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Ethan Watkins chipped in with 17.
The Crusaders Bret Steffens, who led all scorers, broke the tournament record for most points in a game with 33, with most of those points coming from free throws. Steffens went 19-24 from the line. There were a combined 42 fouls committed throughout the game.