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Notre Dame wins third, Cape Central is fifth

Sunday, December 10, 2006

SIKESTON -- The Notre Dame Bulldogs lived up to its seed by capturing third place in the inaugural SEMO Conference Tournament Friday night at the Sikeston Field House.

Third-seeded Notre Dame had too many offensive weapons for fourth-

seeded Jackson as the Bulldogs defeated the Indians 88-81.

Jackson led 17-15 after one, but Notre Dame managed to take a 44-39 lead into halftime and a 68-62 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Notre Dame (5-1) put four players into double figures led by junior guard Ty Williams with 24 points. Six-foot-7 junior Ryan Willen added 19 points and sophomore Austin Greer scored 19 points. Senior Abe Dirnberger scored 17 points.

Jackson (4-2) was led by Jake Leet's 21 points. Hunter Grantham, a 6-6 junior, had 18 points and 6-5, 230-pound junior Antonio Garritano had 16 points.

In the strangest game of the tournament, fourth-seeded Cape Central won the consolation title with a 29-23 overtime victory over fifth-seeded Poplar Bluff.

With the Mules (1-4) standing in a zone trailing 8-6, Cape Central held the ball at the top of the key for nearly the entire second quarter. The Tigers scored the only points of the quarter on two free throws by Kerry Walker with no time on the clock to lead 10-6 at the half.

The Tigers led 20-13 after three quarters and went back to the stall game in the fourth quarter as they took a 23-23 tie into overtime.

Cape Central (3-2) outscored the Mules 6-0 in the overtime period to pull out the victory.