CLARKTON -- The Risco Tigers fell to the Gideon Bulldogs in a consolation semifinal on Tuesday night at the Reindeer Holiday Tournament in Clarkton, 76-62.
The Tigers fell behind 23-9 after one quarter and could not overcome the early deficit.
"The guys didn't come out in the first quarter like they had a game tonight," said Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship. "Gideon was more aggressive and got up and down the floor against us. We made too many silly turnovers and we got into a deep hole that we couldn't get out of."
Risco played the Bulldogs even through the rest of the game and rallied to trail only by seven points late in the contest, until the Bulldogs hit some free throws late to seal the game. Despite the loss, Blankenship saw some positives from his squad.
"The guys recovered from the disappointing first quarter and played with Gideon the rest of the game," said Blankenship. "We competed and were in the game until the end. I inserted Ricky McCord into the starting lineup for the first time and he played a very good game for us."
Dustin Horad led Gideon with 20 points. Travis Miller pumped in 18 points, Max Johnson had 16 points and Jordan Boone chipped in 11 for the Bulldogs.
Ricky Davis was the leading scorer for Risco with 14 points. Kyle White was close behind with 13 points and McCord finished with 11 points.
Risco (0-6) will face Southland in the seventh place game at Clarkton on Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Notre Dame boys basketball team had an easy time on the road Tuesday night as the Bulldogs routed New Madrid County Central 76-39.
Abe Dirnberger had 19 points to lead the Bulldogs (6-1).
Also scoring in double figures for Notre Dame were Ryan Willen with 14 points, John Unterreiner with 14, Ty Williams with 12 and Austin Greer with 10.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 19-4 first-quarter lead and rolled the rest of the way.