"We just acted absolutely shell-shocked," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said about the first quarter. "We're doing things that aren't characteristic of us. We were taking bad shots and never really settled into a half court offense."
With Notre Dame standout Jacob Tolbert's nine points leading the way, the Bulldogs raced out to an 11-0 lead to start the last game of the night and then eventually a 16-4 first quarter.
Dexter, the No. 6 seed, scored their first field goal six minutes into the contest with 1:32 still showing on the clock. The Bearcats' Jake Lee put in both of Dexter's buckets within 17 seconds of each other.
"(Tolbert) made a couple of good moves to the basket and finished strong," Nichols said. "We let him get away from us early. He's a good player. He's going to get his and you have to do the best you can to contain him."
Dexter (0-3) lost the second quarter by just six points but was faced with a 36-18 deficit going into halftime.
A turnaround by the Bearcats in the second half slowly closed the gap which included 15 points from Dexter's Alan Flannigan in the fourth quarter alone.
The Bearcats came within six points of Notre Dame with just over a minute left but a bucket by Tolbert and two made free throws by Derek Landewee iced the game in favor of the Bulldogs.
"They played hard the second half but, it's a four quarter game," Nichols said. "We're just not satisfied with playing good teams close anymore."
Flannigan had a game-high 26 points while Lee added 18. The next highest for Dexter was Tyler Miller who had three points.
Tolbert led Notre Dame with 23 points. Alex Beussink scored 10 points including two, 3-pointers. Six other Bulldogs contributed at least two points.
Dexter moves to the consolation semifinals against Poplar Bluff on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Notre Dame will face the Cape Central Tigers on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the winner's bracket semifinals.
DEXTER (50) -- Chase Young 1, Jake Cox 2, Alan Flannigan 26, Jake Lee 18, Tyler Miller 3. FG 17, FT 14-18, F 17. (3-pointers: Flannigan 2. Fouled out: none.)
NOTRE DAME (57) -- Derek Landewee 6, Jonathan Lynch 3, Jordan Reddin 2, Nathan Metstedt 5, Joseph Siebert 5, Alex Beussink 10, Jacob Tolbert 23, Cody Heisserer 3. FG 20, FT 11-18, F 17. (3-pointers: Lynch 1, Siebert 1, Beussink 2, Tolbert 2. Fouled out: Andrew Lange.)
Charleston 65, NMCC 41
SIKESTON -- It didn't take long for the Charleston Bluejays to shake off a slow start as they went on to roll the New Madrid County Central Eagles 65-41 in the consolation semifinals of the SEMO Conference Tournament on Tuesday night at the Sikeston Field House.
"We started out slow and I was kind of concerned about that," Charleston head coach Danny Farmer said. "We finally came out of the gates and played a little bit better."
Trailing by five points in the early stages of the first quarter, the Bluejays broke out into a 25-4 run to end the quarter.
Krushon Scott proved to be pivotal down low as one of the biggest bodies on the floor. His strength inside led to nine, first quarter points.
Pressure applied by the Bluejays somewhat rattled NMCC leading to transition buckets on the other end.
"Charleston's going to be Charleston," NMCC head coach Travis Day said. "They're going to get after it and you just have to match their intensity and match their toughness."
The Eagles, who Day said, has taken a step back from their performance at the Riverbend Classic where they obtained their one and only win so far this season, came up empty when it came down to offensive rhythm.
"We're just not putting the ball in the basket," said Day. "We're missing too many wide open, good looks. I think we've took a step back from the Riverbend and we're not getting that effort like we need to."
Charleston was led by Jerry Carter's 14 points while Scott added 10. Eight other players scored for the Bluejays including nine from Ryan Parham.
Keith Holmes' 10 points was a team best for the Eagles, who fell to 1-3 on the season and also out of the SEMO Conference tournament with two losses.
"We've got guys that have normally been role players and now they have to step up," said Day. "We're too inconsistent right now where we shouldn't be."
Charleston (3-2) moves to the consolation finals on Friday night at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the Poplar Bluff-Dexter game which will be played on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
"It's very important to come out of here with a win Friday night," said Farmer. "That's our goal right now."
NMCC (41) -- Lamonte Nelson 4, Keith Holmes 10, Jamariea Jones 4, G'Darius Stevenson 6, Earl Grissom 4, CJ Chism 7, Reese Porter 6. FG 18, FT 5-11, F 21. (3-pointers: none. Fouled out: none.)
CHARLESTON (65) -- Avery Williams 5, Aaron Cassell 3, Ryan Parham 9, Michael Hull 6, Trey Watkins 4, Gregory Tucker 8, Jamaul Gray 2, Claude Armstrong 4, Jerry Carter 14, Krushon Scott 10. FG 24, FT 13-21, F 16. (3-pointers: Williams 1, Cassell 1, Hull 1, Carter 1. Fouled out: none.)