(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
BLOOMFIELD -- The Portageville Bulldogs could not figure out the hounding defense of the Kennett Indians in Tuesday's second semifinal game at the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament as they failed to advance to their second consecutive tournament final with a 58-36 loss.
Portageville flew out to a 15-14 lead after the first quarter but the Indians defense began to cause numerous turnovers that led to transition buckets for Kennett. The Bulldogs were allowed just two points in the entire second quarter as the Indians pulled away with a 29-17 lead at the half.
Fred Treadwell led the Bulldogs with 12 points which included two 3-pointers. Cameron Wallace led all scorers with 15 points while Fred Garmon and Andy Lack each scored 14 and 10 respectively.
Portageville will be in the third place game along with the Dexter Bearcats tonight at 6 p.m. while Kennett moves on to the championship game against the Bernie Mules at 7:30 p.m.
KENNETT (58) -- Andy Lack 10, Cameron Wallace 15, Jack Wells 2, Fred Garmon 14, Randrick Caruthers 6, Dwight Usry 4, Jimmy Gooden 7. FG 19 FT 16-22 F 16. (3-pointers: Lack 2, Wallace 2. Fouled out: none.)
PORTAGEVILLE (36) -- Isaac Ray 2, Jansen Darst 2, Denzell Simmons 1, Dominique Walker 2, Fred Treadwell 12, Fernando Minnis 6, Rondraus Booker 5, Jake Young 6. FG 16 FT 2-9 F 15. (3-pointers: Treadwell 2. Fouled out: none.)
A 14-point third quarter from senior Mikey Latham helped propel the Richland Rebels into the fifth place game of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament on Tuesday night as they went on to defeat the Twin Rivers Royals 78-67.
"Mikey had a breakout performance tonight," Richland head coach John Walker said. "It's about time he showed up and played and I'm very proud of him."
Latham, who scored all of his game-high 23 points in the second half and also added 10 rebounds, helped counteract a five 3-pointer third quarter by the Royals. Richland extended their halftime lead to five, 57-52, by the end of the period.
"It was scary," Walker said about Twin Rivers' 3-point run. "We sat back in our zone a little bit and told them to make sure and get out to the corners. We were a little late. We would man-up and they would back door us. They're a well coached team. There's not much you can throw at them that they haven't seen."
Drew Thornton led the Rebels with 17 rebounds, 13 points and 10 assists to accomplish his first triple-double of the season.
"Drew Thornton was big again," Walker said.
Ryan Kleffer kept up Richland's pace with 19 points. Mac Thornton was also big with 18.
Richland will now face the Bloomfield in the fifth place game today at 4:30 p.m.
TWIN RIVERS (67) -- Garret Stockton 6, Randy Moore 7, Alan Michael Shearer 14, Josh Bland 5, Matt Boyles 13, Dustin Teague 6, Mason Oberkramer 4, Cole McBroom 12. FG 24 FT 10-19 F 16. (3-pointers: Stockton, Moore 2, Shearer 2, Bland, Boyles 2, McBroom. Fouled out: none.)
RICHLAND (78) -- Mikey Latham 23, Jesse Brown 3, Drew Thornton 13, Ryan Kleffer 19, Mac Thornton 18, Richard Forshee 2. FG 31 FT 15-20 F 13. (3-pointers: Brown. Fouled out: Brown.)
The South Pemiscot Bulldogs moved on to the consolation finals with a 96-86 win over the Puxico Indians on Tuesday night.
Tyler Thompson led all scorers with 37 points which included seven 3-pointers. Preston Wilbourn added a hefty 28 as well for the Bulldogs.
Puxico's John Smith led his squad with 34 points while Corey Davis had 21.
PUXICO (86) -- Skyler Moore 5, Derrick Durall 4, John Smith 34, Tyler Woolard 12, Nathan Martin 8, Corey Davis 21. FG 34 FT 14-21 F 14. (3-pointers: Moore, Smith 3. Fouled out: Durall.)
SOUTH PEMISCOT (96) -- Kevin Crouch 3, Jordan Johnson 5, Preston Wilbourn 28, Jordan Carter 11, Tyler Thompson 37, James Hollywood 4, Cameron Lincks 6. FG 38 FT 9-16 F 19. (3-pointers: Johnson, Wilbourn, Thompson 7. Fouled out: Carter, Hollywood.)
The Doniphan Dons will meet with the Bulldogs from South Pemiscot in the consolation finals after their 58-50 win over Van Buren on Tuesday night as well.
Doniphan was led by Greg Davis' 19 points. Gavin Wilfong chipped in with 15.
Mike Duncan led Van Buren with 18 while Cody Rector added 13 points and Zane Betz had 10.
VAN BUREN (50) -- Mike Duncan 18, Daniel Newberry 7, Zane Betz 10, Sledge Crawley 2, Cody Rector 13. FG 19 FT 9-21 F 17. (3-pointers: Duncan 3. Fouled out: none.)
DONIPHAN (58) -- Taylor Smith 4, Dillon Dusza 4, Hunter Smith 2, James Moore 2, Brain Patterson 4, Derek Hutchins 8, Gavin Wilfong 15, Greg Davis 19. FG 22 FT 12-16 F 18. (3-pointers: Davis 2. Fouled out: Smith.)