POPLRA BLUFF -- The Sikeston freshman basketball team won in the first round of the Poplar Bluff Tournament on Monday, defeating Twin Rivers 51-41.
Sikeston (8-0) won the game despite and slow start and a poor effort from the free throw line, making just 6-of-27.
"We came out very sluggish and very lazy," said Sikeston coach Chris Sarakas. "We gave them some open looks and they made them. We dug ourselves a hole by not hitting our free throws. We're going to have to learn to get better at free throws or we're going to lose close games."
Sikeston trailed 13-10 after one quarter, but started to take control from that point. Sikeston led 24-23 at halftime and extended the lead to 37-28 heading into the final frame.
Sikeston was led by Dario Lewis with 15 points. C.J. Council scored 10 points. Niquavious Dixon added nine points and Jarian Wims scored eight points.
Alan-Michael Shearer led Twin Rivers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
CHARLESTON -- The Sikeston 8th grade team improved to 5-3 on the season with a 46-44 win against Charleston.
Sikeston led 26-17 at the half and withstood a furious Charleston rally in the second half to hold on for the victory.
Sikeston was led by Deaires Tate with 18 points and Corey Porter with 14 points.