(Photo by David Jenkins, Staff)
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs used a big second quarter run to get ahead and eventually hold off a tough Farmington Knights squad on Tuesday at the Field House, winning 67-54.
It's Sikeston's 10th straight win over Farmington, last losing to the Knights in 2005.
The Bulldogs outscored Farmington 23-10 in the second quarter, withstood a Knights rally in the third quarter and led by as much as 18 in the fourth quarter.
Despite the victory, Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield was hoping for a more polished performance.
"I thought we had moments where we played well," Holifield said. "We did some good things, but we struggled in some areas too where we will have to make adjustments and do a better job. We didn't have the pressure we needed on the basketball. They beat us a couple times and they got open looks and knocked them down. We've got to be able to take that away and we've got to be able to rebound better than we did tonight. That's been one of our strengths the last few years and I thought tonight we struggled at times rebounding."
The Bulldogs (14-3) led early at 8-1 to start the game, but the Knights went on a 12-2 run to lead 13-10. The Bulldogs quickly regrouped with an offensive putback by Keldon Warfield and a jump hook in the paint by Warfield to reclaim the lead at 14-13 by quarter's end.
Sikeston would not trail the rest of the night.
The Bulldogs exploded in the second quarter to open up a double-digit lead. Holding on to a 25-21 advantage, Sikeston went on a 10-0 run to lead 35-21 and eventually holding a 37-23 halftime edge.
"That last four minutes in the second quarter we got tired and lackadaisical with the ball," Farmington coach Brett Hale said. "We just stopped competing and you just can't do that against a good team like that. Credit to them, they took advantage of it."
The Knights (8-7), however, got things rolling in the third quarter.
Trailing by as much as 16 early in the period, the Knights went on a 14-2 run to trim the Sikeston lead to 45-41 with 1:19 left in the third quarter.
The run was stopped, though, on driving layups by Terry Jamison and Caleb McGee, and a 3-pointer by Jamison to quickly build the lead back to 52-41 at the end of the third quarter.
"Too bad in the last minute there in the third quarter, it was four and then it was 11 before we knew it," Hale said. "They're a very good team and teams like that can really get on you in a hurry and you've got to compete the whole time. Any time you let up, they take advantage of it. They made some big plays. They finished that quarter really strong."
The Bulldogs ended any possible dramatics with an 8-1 run to start the fourth quarter to lead 60-42. The Knights never got any closer than the final score the rest of the game.
While Sikeston won the game handily in the end, the bigger and stronger Knights squad controlled the rebounds throughout much of the game. The Bulldogs out-rebounded the Knights 31-29 after a strong fourth quarter, but Farmington pulled down 14 offensive rebounds, scoring 13 second-chance points.
"We're giving up size and we've got to do a better job with positioning, we've got to do a better job of getting tougher down there and when we get our hands on it we've got to be stronger to be able to hold onto the basketball," Holifield said.
Jamison led the Bulldogs with 22 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Warfield followed up with 11 points and eight rebounds. McGee added 10 points.
"Terry did a great job and I thought he really led us, especially offensively," Holifield said of Jamison. "He got some big buckets when we needed it. I thought our seniors were good tonight and had good leadership."
Farmington was led by 6-foot-5 senior Doug Warren with 22 points. Roper Garrett, a 6-3 senior, followed up with 13 points.
"I thought we played pretty well in the second half and battled," Hale said. "That game could've gotten out of hand and we didn't let it."
FARMINGTON (54) -- Doug Warren 22, Roper Garrett 13, Monis Zereik 7, Alec Sebastian 6, Connor Davault 6. FG 16, FT 10-20, F 14. (3-pointers: Sebastian 2, Warren 2. Fouled out: none).
SIKESTON (64) -- Terry Jamison 22, Keldon Warfield 11, Caleb McGee 10, Kil'Ron Coleman 8, Vashawn Ruffin 6, J.T. Jones 6, Markeith Bratcher 4. FG 24, FT 7-8, F 15. (3-pointers: Jamison 3, McGee 1. Fouled out: none).
The Sikeston J.V. team improved to 11-2 on the season with a 57-43 victory over Farmington.
The Bulldogs led 31-12 at the half and cruised to the victory.
Sikeston was led by Jairius Ray with 15 points. Reese Porter led the team with nine rebounds.
FARMINGTON (43) -- D.J. Hardy 14, Justin Boehm 9, Garrett Callahan 8, Jordan Ankrom 6, Eli Pratte 3, Jonah Barnes 3. FG 13, FT 7-12, F 11. (3-pointers: Callahan 2, Pratte 1, Barnes 1. Fouled out: none).
SIKESTON (57) -- Jairius Ray 15, Jeterrence Harris 8, Peyton Boyd 8, Marquese Parks 8, Reese Porter 5, Zach Jackson 4, Corbyn Blissett 4, Dantrell Brown 3, Steven Baker 2. FG 19, FT 4-10, F 11. (3-pointers: Ray 3, Parks 2. Fouled out: none).