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Sikeston JV's 52-game winning streak snapped

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

sports@standard-democrat.com

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Junior Varsity basketball saw their 52-game win streak snapped on Saturday, falling to Notre Dame 64-57 in overtime in the championship game of the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Tournament.

"In Saturday's championship game, we didn't do the things we needed to do to win the game," Sikeston coach Brian James said. "We didn't shoot free throws very well, didn't finish our layups, didn't contest their 3-point shooters and didn't rebound very well."

Sikeston led by 12 with 20 seconds to play in the third quarter when Notre Dame scored five quick points to finish the frame, setting the tone for the fourth quarter and overtime.

Jairius Ray led Sikeston (2-1) with 12 points while Peyton Boyd, Corbyn Blissett and Reese Porter all added nine points.

"We'll get better," James said. "We have good kids that like to play, so they'll bounce back."

Sikeston had a close contest in the semifinals on Friday, but slipped by Cape Central 51-48.

The Bulldogs lost a sizable first half lead and trailed by seven entering the fourth quarter before turning up their play in the final stanza.

"We bucked up and played pretty hard in the fourth quarter and were fortunate to win the game," James said.

Ray led Sikeston with 17 points while Blissett finished with nine as eight Bulldogs scored in the contest.

Jackson finished third in the tournament while Cape Central was fourth, Charleston fifth, Farmington sixth, Poplar Bluff seventh and Dexter eighth.

Sikeston is back in action tonight when they host Blytheville, Ark., at 6 p.m.