Sikeston's freshman squad rolled to a 51-22 victory against the Mules while the Bulldog 8th graders fell in overtime, 40-36.
In the freshman game, Sikeston (2-0) was never threatened as they led 14-4 after one quarter and 25-11 at the half. Sikeston extended the lead to 42-18 heading into the final frame.
Overall, 12 players reached the scoring column for Sikeston led by Juqualin Wiggins' 13 points and Eli Jackson's 11 points.
"I was pleased with our effort and intensity," said Sikeston freshman coach Chris Sarakas. "Everybody got to play a lot of minutes and a lot of different people scored. I like to see that. We still need work on our free throws. With more time I think we'll get better."
Marler had 10 points to lead Poplar Bluff.
In the 8th grade contest, Sikeston led for most of the night but couldn't pull off the victory in overtime.
Sikeston led 8-4 after one but settled for an 18-18 tie at halftime. The Bulldogs pushed ahead once again in the third quarter 28-23, but turnovers and missed opportunities on offense proved costly. Poplar Bluff managed to tie the game at 34-34 heading into overtime.
Sikeston (1-1) was led by Will Holifield and Corey Porter with eight points apiece. Deaires Tate and Darryl Howard each chipped in with six points.
"We just had too many turnovers and missed too many easy shots," said Sikeston coach Kevin Self. "We had a chance to win it there at the end, but we didn't take care of the basketball."
McCain had 15 and Bryant had 12 to lead Poplar Bluff.
Sikeston's 8th grade team will play at New Madrid County Central on Thursday for an A and B game at 6 p.m. The Bulldog freshman team won't play again until Dec. 11 when they take on Poplar Bluff on the road.