(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
SIKESTON -- After an extra day off, the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament got back on track Wednesday with the seedings holding true through the opening round.
Kicking off Wednesday's varsity action, fourth-seeded Chaffee picked up their second 30-plus point win over fifth-seeded Kelly in under a week, 74-41.
"I was nervous playing a team that we've already played earlier in the year," Red Devils' head coach Josh Govreau said. "Especially just playing them on Friday and beating them. We came out with a good effort and a lot of intensity starting the game and went on a big run to start."
Chaffee dominated the better part of the first quarter, scoring the first 21 points of the game while holding the Hawks scoreless. Kelly was able to rebound with a strong finish to the frame, but still trailed 23-13 entering the second quarter.
After a close first six minutes of the second quarter where the Hawks stayed within 10 points, Chaffee rode a strong finish to the half to a 41-24 lead going into the break.
Any chance of a Kelly comeback was squashed when Chaffee came out to start the third and went on a 19-6 run in the first six minutes.
Kelly entered the final frame down 28 points and was able to stave off the turboclock until back-to-back baskets from Charlie Montgomery gave Chaffee a 32-point advantage with four minutes to play.
"We got down 21-0 before we even scored and then we kind of got our composure together and played decent for awhile," Kelly head coach Josh Eftink said. "Chaffee's pressure just got to us after awhile and started making some poor decisions and that blew the game open in the second half."
Added Govreau, "We controlled the first three or four minutes (of the third) and from there we cruised. It was nice to see them come out with some intensity."
The win was the Red Devil's third over the Hawks this season, beating them 68-59 in the Oran Invitational Tournament and 76-45 this past Friday.
In Kelly's defense, the Hawk's are without the services of their big man, Gabe Felter, who is lost for the season before last Friday's matchup. Also out of duty Tuesday was Trey Walker, another Kelly starter.
"We had a couple more injuries (than last time we played them)," Hawks' head coach Josh Eftink said. "One of our ball handlers was hurt in Walker. We're minus another guy as well, but we still have players capable of making plays out there. We just didn't have guys step up the whole game like we needed to."
Leading the Hawks' effort was Josh Roberts, who finished with 19 points while hitting four of the team's nine 3-pointers in the contest.
On the other side of the ball, Peyton Montgomery was a big reason for the Red Devils early success against the Hawks. He scored 13 points in the first quarter alone and finished the half with 22 of his game-high 25 points. He was 7 of 9 from the free throw line.
Charlie Montgomery was second on the team with 13 points with Lance Tenkhoff contributing 12 to Chaffee's cause.
Govreau pointed out Tenkhoff's play on both ends of the court as a big help in the Red Devils' third quarter push, during which Tenkhoff scored a team-high eight points.
"He gets rolling whenever he's guarding and gets steals and tips," Govreau said of Tenkhoff. "That's when he's at his best and his confidence grows from there on offense and he got a lot of hands on passes and steals.
"When he does that he's playing his best and I thought tonight was probably his best game of the year."
With the win Chaffee moves on the play a well-rested Oran Eagles squad, who set out the first round with a bye as the tournament's top seed. They'll face off tonight at 7 p.m. at Scott Central High School.
KELLY (41) -- Gaven Ray 8, Jerrod Lynn 1, Brent Forck 8, Josh Roberts 19, Clay Williams 5. FG 14, FT 4-9, F 17. (3-pointers: Ray 2, Forck 2, Roberts 4, Williams 1. Fouled out: Forck.)
CHAFFEE (74) -- Peyton Montgomery 25, Cody Tenkhoff 4, Layton Tenkhoff 12, Storm Estes 3, Jared Walker 4, Jimmy Golden 4, Charlie Montgomery 13, Christian Isi 2, Trevor Morehead 7. FG 30, FT 13-22, F 12. (3-pointers: Estes 1. Fouled out: none.)