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Top seeds roll to second round at Oran

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

ORAN -- There were no surprises in the opening round of the Class 1, District 1 Tournament on Monday.

All of the top four seeds advanced with blowout victories.

The No. 1-seed Scott County Central Braves ripped the No. 8-seed Southland Rebels 92-50 in the opening game of the tournament.

Scott Central's high-scoring triad of Caleb Johnson (26), Drew Thomas (22) and D.D. Gillespie (19) combined for 67 points in three quarters of action to pace the Braves.

While the uptempo Braves rang up 58 first-half points, their relentless full-

court pressure and half-court zone defense stymied the Rebels, holding them to 25 first-half points.

Thomas scored 10 in the first quarter to lead the Braves to 27-15 advantage. Johnson came on in the second period with 13 points including a buzzer-

beating trey from deep downtown and Gillespie poured in 12 in the quarter.

The Braves extended the margin to 83-41 after the third quarter, triggering a running clock and emptying the Scott Central bench.

Michael George topped the Rebels with 20 points and Justin Kersey added 15. On the night, Scott Central scored 45 points off Southland turnovers (32) and outrebounded the Rebels 31-16.

Scott Central faces Cooter, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinal tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The No. 2-seed Clarkton Reindeer rolled past the No. 7-seed Risco Tigers 85-57.

Clarkton, behind Tyler Criglar's nine points and six from Justin Brown, opened a 25-14 first-quarter lead, then led 46-23 at halftime with Dustin Ferguson leading the way with 10 second-quarter points.

The score stood at 72-41 going into the final period.

Ferguson led the Reindeer with 21 points followed by Criglar's 17 and Devaris Parker's 10.

Clarkton converted 21-of-29 free-throw attempts.

Kyle White provided steady offense for Risco with 22 points, including five 3-

pointers. Ricky Davis and Brandon Bennett had 10 apiece.

Clarkton meets No. 3 Oran in the other semifinal tonight at 8 p.m.

The host Oran Eagles, seeded No. 3, started slow offensively but used a strong rebounding and defensive effort to keep the No. 6 Gideon Bulldogs at bay in a 70-44 win.

Oran held a whopping 50-17 rebounding edge for the game.

Tenacious offensive board work helped the Eagles to a 15-9 first-quarter lead.

Robert Lange, the Eagles' 6-3-post, made his presence felt with four points, six rebounds and two blocks in the opening quarter.

With the offense still sluggish in the second quarter, Oran's defense held the Bulldogs to five points on the way to a 28-14 halftime lead.

The Eagles' offense picked up in the second half as they outscored Gideon 19-15 in the third quarter and 23-15 in the fourth.

Oran enjoyed a stellar performance at the charity stripe, going 26-for-30. Junior guard Kody Campbell, a perfect 11-for-11 from the line, led the Eagles' scoring with 17 points and Chase Seyer had 15. Steven Mock chipped in with 11 including the Eagles only two makes from beyond the arc.

Jordan Boone topped Gideon with 17 points and Dustin Horad added 10.

The No. 4-5 matchup looked even at the outset, but the Cooter Wildcats, the fourth seed, turned it up against the fifth-seeded North Pemiscot Mustangs in the second half to win going away 88-60.

In a nip-and-tuck first and second quarter, North Pemiscot led 18-16 after one, then 31-30 at the half.

Following the halftime intermission, Cooter busted open the close contest. The Wildcats, led by Aaron McCaig's 10 points, outscored the Mustangs 36-10 in the third quarter.

McCaig and Devon Barger led a quintet of double-digit scorers for the Wildcats with 19 points each.

Nathan Poe scored 14 and Michael Evans and Nick Rinks chipped in with 12 apiece.

Michael Gilboe paced the Mustangs with 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Todd Hoggard had 12 and Parker Watkins 11.