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BLOOMFIELD -- Able to hold a double-digit lead the entire second half over Twin Rivers Wednesday night, the Dexter Bearcats took down the Royals 63-44 to secure a spot against Kennett in the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament championship game.
"We played well tonight," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said. "At times I wish we would have played smarter. Twin Rivers is a good basketball team and they play good defense.
"I thought they had a good game plan and they made us grind it. It was a tough basketball game to win."
Building an eight-point lead by the end of the first, the Bearcats were able to push their advantage to 13 points entering halftime thanks to a strong run to end the second by Tyler Miller.
With his team up by seven with just over a minute to go in the half, Miller hit a pair of 3-pointers before he added one last-second basket at the buzzer to lead the Bearcats on a late 8-2 run that put Dexter up 33-20 entering the break.
"That's what we've been waiting on out of him," Nichols said. "We thought coming in to the season he was going to be a scorer for us and I think he will work in to it eventually."
Though the Royals were able to keep with the Bearcats' offense for most of the second quarter, Dexter was able keep them from getting any closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
After Twin Rivers had pushed to within 49-38 early in the fourth, Dexter was able to go on a 12-4 run that pushed their lead to 19 with just under two minutes to play.
With the win, the Bearcats will now face the Kennett Indians tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the finals.
DEXTER (63) -- Jake Cox 4, Jordan Fitts 9, Alan Flannigan 25, Logan Robey 7, Jake Lee 4, Tyler Miller 8, Taylor Jarrell 4. FG 23, FT 13-17, F 18. (3-pointers: Fitts 1, Robey 1, Miller 2. Fouled out: none).
TWIN RIVERS (44) -- Garret Stockton 2, Jacob Whitlock 2, Michel Snider 11, Eric Ray 7, Dustin Teague 17, Mason Oberkramer 2, Cole McBroom 3. FG 17, FT 9-17, F 14. (3-pointers: Snider 1. Fouled out: none).
BLOOMFIELD -- Unable to keep Kennett's offense at bay, the Portageville Bulldogs saw the Indians build a 13-point halftime lead before going on to a 60-47 win in the Bloomfield Christmas tournament semifinals.
"Our game plan was to slow (Kennett) down and run our offense," Portageville head coach Jason Irby said. "We just didn't do that. We had too many turnovers and empty possessions.
"Some of that credit obviously goes to Kennett, but our kids have to get better at being calm and controlling their emotions and run the offense."
Led by Randrick Caruthers' 21 points on the night, Kennett was able to outscore the Bulldogs in the first three quarters of play, building up a 17-point advantage entering the final frame up 54-37.
Though Portageville was able to cut their deficit to 11 after an eight-point run ending with two minutes remaining, the Indians hit one final shot before playing ball control to run out the clock and secure the win.
Portageville will now play Twin Rivers tonight at 6 p.m, for third-place in the tournament.
KENNETT (60) -- Jay Shavers 7, Randrick Caruthers 21, Cameron Wallace 4, Fred Garmon 11, Jack Walls 11, Andy Lack 4, Jajuan Wallace 2. FG 24, FT 10-20, F 19. (3-pointers: Caruthers 2. Fouled out: none).
PORTAGEVILLE (47) -- Tevin Walker 14, Denzell Simmons 1, Dominique Walker 7, Fred Treadwell 9, Rondraus Booker 8, Steve Buchanan 2, Jake Young 6. FG 15, FT 16-22, F 18. (3-pointers: Fred Treadwell 1. Fouled out: none).
BLOOMFIELD -- Led by Jamie Massey's 22 points, the Holcomb Hornets defeated the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders 68-61 to advance to the fifth-place game in the tournament.
Holding a four-point lead going into the fourth quarter, Holcomb hit 8-of-14 free throws in the final frame in holding off the Crusaders.
The Hornets will now play Bernie this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
HOLCOMB (68) -- Patrick Skelton 9, Aaron Reeves 14, Tyler Crawford 10, Trent Patterson 3, Ryan Reeves 3, Jamie Massey 22, Michael Glover 7. FG 25, FT 12-23, F 16. (3-pointers: Aaron Reeves 1, Crawford 1, Patterson 1, Ryan Reeves 1, Glover 1. Fouled out: none).
SAXONY (61) -- Brayton Klaus 11, Kris Cook 11, Clayton Carver 14, Clay Roth 6, Matt Wills 7, Gabe Bohnert 11. FG 19, FT 14-20, F 21. (3-pointers: Klaus 1, Cook 3, Carver 3, Wills 1. Fouled out: none).
BLOOMFIELD -- Outscoring the Doniphan Dons in all four quarters of play, the Bernie Mules advance to play Holcomb in the fifth-place game with a 79-49 win.
Leading the way was Cameron Shipman and Jordan McGowan, who contributed 21 points each. Both had a big day behind the arc as Shipman and McGowan hit 6 and 5 3-pointers respectively.
Taylor Smith was the Dons leading scorer with 20 points.
BERNIE (79) -- Cameron Shipman 21, Matt Eaves 4, Jesse Shelton 13, Sam Turner 2, Sammy Walker 17, Jordan McGowan 21. FG 31, FT 5-15, F 16. (3-pointers: Shipman 6, McGowan 5. Fouled out: none).
DONIPHAN (49) -- Taylor Holland 4, Hunter Dilbeck 4, Hunter Smith 2, Nick Bradford 1, Taylor Smith 20, Brian Patterson 7, Derek Hutchins 11. FG 20, FT 6-11, F 15. (3-pointers: Taylor Smith 2, Hutchins 1. Fouled out: none).
BLOOMFIELD -- Despite Ryan Kleffer's 30 points, the Richland Rebels were unable to get past the Hayti Indians, falling 82-54 in the consolation bracket semifinals.
Hatyi had five players score in the double-digits with Jerome Thomas leading the way with 21.
Hayti will now play the host Bloomfield Wildcats today at 3 p.m. in the consolation bracket finals.
HAYTI (82) -- Jermel Covington 10, A.D. Hamilton 13, Keydric Dillard 13, Hunter Turner 8, Marion Newell 2, Jerome Thomas 21, Karnard Humes 2, Darnell Clay 11, Austin Watkins 2. FG 35, FT 6-17, F 17. (3-pointers: Covington 2, Hamilton 1, Dillard 1, Turner 2. Fouled out: none).
RICHLAND (54) -- Parker Evans 2, Jacob Hyten 6, Aaron Gilbert 4, Ryan Kleffer 30, Adam Lane 2, Richard Forshee 10. FG 18, FT 13-24, F 16. (3-pointers: Kleffer 3. Fouled out: none).
BLOOMFIELD -- Moving on to the consolation bracket championship game, the Bloomfield Wildcats edged out the Van Buren Bulldogs 58-54.
Coming into the third quarter tied at 41-41, the Wildcats were able to hit 9-of-14 free throws in the final frame compared to the Bulldogs making 6-of-12.
Bloomfield was led by Seth Hill who had 24 points on the game, scoring 14 of the Wildcats 16 first quarter points alone.
For Van Buren, Cody Rector led the way with 23 points.
BLOOMFIELD (58) -- Logan Cowart 1, Seth Hill 24, Aron Henson 10, Dylan Bader 11, Adam Vandiver 5, Mitchell Skaggs 7. FG 21, FT 14-24, F 23. (3-pointers: Hill 2. Fouled out: none).
VAN BUREN (54) -- Michael Duncan 4, Dusty Parsons 1, Zane Betz 18, Dalton Hinton 8, Cody Rector 23. FG 18, FT 17-27, F 21. (3-pointers: Betz 1. Fouled out: Betz, Dylan Napier).