The Oran Eagles, the ninth seed, pulled a mild upset with a 77-71 overtime win over the No. 8-seed Cape Central Tigers on Tuesday at the Show-Me Center.
"I'm proud of the kids coming up here, being a Class 1 school, and beating a Class 5 school," said Oran coach Denver Stuckey. "This is a big win for this school. Upset or whatever, it's a quality win."
In earlier action, the top six seeds, as expected, dominated the lower seeds with each game decided by 30 or more points with a fourth-quarter running clock in effect.
Charleston, the top seed and No. 1-ranked Class 3 team in the state, opened the tournament with a 69-12 romp over No. 16 Oak Ridge, then No. 2-seed Notre Dame, ranked second in the state in Class 4 and the defending tournament champion swamped No. 15 Delta 89-28. No. 3-seed Jackson ran away from No. 14 Woodland 90-32, No. 4 Scott County Central defeated No. 13 Chaffee 69-32 and No. 5 Bell City topped No. 12 Meadow Heights 80-36.
The No. 7-10 matchup between Scott City and Kelly was the first competitive game of the day but the Rams kept the seedings intact with a 59-48 win over the Hawks.
Oran 77, Cape Central 71, OT
The Oran Eagles stared defeat in the face but, when given a reprieve, took charge of their destiny.
The Eagles (7-2) saw an 11-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate on Cape Central's Jajuan Bell's steal and over-the-shoulder blind pass to George Hamilton for the game-tying basket at 62-all with about two seconds remaining. Fouled on the play, Hamilton had a chance to give the Tigers a one-point lead, but missed the free-throw attempt for the potential win with less than one second remaining, sending the contest into overtime.
Breathing new life, Oran sank 7-of-9 free throws in overtime and outscored Central 15-9 to clinch the 77-71 victory.
"They showed a lot of character to come back in overtime after blowing a double-digit lead," said Stuckey.
With the score knotted at 66 in overtime, the Eagles got six points from Kody Campbell, five from Chase Seyer and four from Hunter Glastetter to put the Tigers away.
"We've got a pretty good group of boys," said Seyer. "We don't lose our heads in a tight spot like that."
The Eagles, trailing 14-8 after the first quarter, took control with a 23-8 second-quarter advantage to take a 31-22 lead in at halftime.
They maintained the nine-point edge throughout the third quarter, taking a 50-41 lead into the final quarter, but couldn't hold off the Tigers.
Seyer led Oran with a game-high 24 points, Campbell had 17 and Glastetter added 12.
Bell topped the Tigers with 23, Kerry Walker had 21 and Hamilton 14.
Oran advances to the second round against Charleston at 4:30 p.m. today.
On the task of facing the top seed, Stuckey said, "You can't do something great unless you give yourself the opportunity to do something great. We're going to come out, give it our best effort and what happens will happen."
In the first contested game of this year's Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament, it was seventh seed Scott City that came out on top of Kelly 59-48.
Scott City held a one-point advantage after one quarter and established a steady single digit lead that lasted throughout most of the second, third and fourth quarters.
A fourth quarter run by Kelly brought them within a missed three-point attempt of tying the game. However, Scott City big man Alex King hit a shot with just over three and a half minutes left to go in the game to extend the Rams' lead back to five and the Hawks would never challenge for the lead again.
King finished with 14 points in the game, but it was teammate Jay Simmons who led all scorers with 20 points, including six three-point makes.
Kelly received nine points from Spencer Ayers and eight from both Tyler Thurman and James Miller.
In the match-up between the sixth seed Advance Hornets and the 11-seed Leopold Wildcats it was again the higher seeded team that took control early and never looked back as the Hornets downed the Wildcats 94-46.
Alex Steil paced the Hornets with 21 points. Cody Mitchell contributed 17 points and Rusty Hendricks added 14.
The fifth-seeded Bell City Cubs made the first game of the Day 1 evening session look a lot like an early morning mismatch as they defeated the Meadow Heights Panthers 80-36.
Will Bogan and Phillip Gross led Bell City's well-balanced scoring attack with 13 points each. Nick Niemczyk and Marty Dames had a dozen points apiece for the Cubs.
Tyler Wagner led Meadow Heights with 10 points while Ethan Mitchell added six.
The third seed Jackson Indians outscored the 14-seed Woodland Cardinals 30-3 in the second quarter of their first round match-up and never relented as they cruised to a 90-32 victory.
Jake Leet finished with 22 to lead the Indians and found help via 13 points from Antonio Garritano and 11 points from Steven Spradlin.
In the final game of the morning session the fourth-seeded Scott County Central Braves beat the 13-seed Chaffee Red Devils 69-32.
The Braves, led by D.D. Gillespie's 14 first quarter points, jumped out to an early lead and maintained it throughout the game. Despite looking sluggish at times, the Braves' full court pressure kept Chaffee off balance and prevented them from scoring.
Gillespie led all scorers with 21 points. Caleb Johnson had 14 and Richard Brownlee had 13 for the Braves.
Second-seeded Notre Dame placed immediate pressure on number 15-seed Delta both on defense and on the scoreboard on their way to a 89-28 victory.
Ten players scored for Notre Dame as they continued to increase their lead in the second half. Unterreinner paced the team with 19 points. Ty Williams scored 13 and Austin Greer added 13.
In the battle of the Blue Jays, it was the number-one seed Charleston that predictably dominated bottom-seed Oak Ridge 69-12.
Charleston started the game with 11 straight points before Oak Ridge's Dustin Meyr put his team on the board with a 3-point shot. The top seed led 24-4 after one one quarter and 42-7 at the half.
Justin Clark led Charleston with 12 points through two quarters on six of 17 shooting.
A flurry of offensive rebounds over the undersized Oak Ridge team helped both he and his teammates overcome a poor shooting start.
Clark finished with a game high 16 points and Jamarcus Williams added 14. Oak Ridge was led by Meyr who ended with 6 points.