Many thought the Waynesville Tigers would get well this past weekend at the 26th annual US Bank/Rolla High Holiday Invitational.
ROLLA - Many thought the Waynesville Tigers would get well this past weekend at the 26th annual US Bank/Rolla High Holiday Invitational.
Those people were correct.
The Waynesville High School boys' basketball team continued its dominance of the event, capturing its third consecutive US Bank Holiday Invitational title Saturday night at the RHS gym.
Waynesville used an explosive offense to put away Warrensburg 57-42 in the championship game.
Also in the boys' bracket on Saturday:
In the third-place game Rogers, Ark. clipped Francis Howell Central 72-71, in the fifth-place game host Rolla got a last-second three-pointer to clip Festus 42-39 and in the seventh-place game St. Joseph Benton salvaged a 55-49 win over Fulton.
Waynesville 57, Warrensburg 42
It was the fourth overall US Bank Holiday Invitational championship for the Waynesville Tigers in the last seven years. During that span Waynesville has been to the tournament title game all but one season.
On Saturday the title tilt was a see-saw affair throughout the first half, with the lead changing hands seven times and two ties. Waynesville 6-6 sophomore forward Juwan Morgan scored on a put-back at the buzzer to close out the first half and give Waynesville a 26-24 halftime edge.
Waynesville would not trail after intermission, going on a 13-3 run to open the second half. A slam dunk by Morgan off a feed by senior guard D.J. Hargrow at the 2:59 mark of the third period gave Waynesville a 39-27 lead. Warrensburg trailed 41-30 entering the fourth quarter.
The Waynesville advantage would stay in double digits the entire fourth period, as the quicksilver Hargrow controlled the tempo and contributed six points in the quarter.
Morgan paced Waynesville, now 8-5, with 17 points while freshman guard Joe Johnson added 13 and Hargrow 11.
Senior guard Dakota Jones fired in 24 points for Warrensburg, now 6-4.
Rogers 72, F.H. Central 71
In a tight, up-tempo game throughout, the Rogers Mounties and Howell Central Spartans swapped the lead many times. Central took a 60-59 advantage into the fourth quarter. However, Rogers outscored the Spartans 13-11 in the final period to pull out the victory. A turnover by Howell Central off an inbounds play in the final seconds proved to be key.
Junior guard Hunter Hill had 16 points to lead Rogers, now 6-7. Four players scored in double figures for Central, now 3-8, led by senior guard Ryan Howard.
Rolla 42, Festus 39
Junior guard Hunter Short drained a three-pointer from the top of the key with :02 remaining, giving the home Bulldogs the victory.
The Festus Tigers were playing a tight zone defense to end the game, and with the score tied 39-39 Rolla threw the ball around the perimeter for 2:30 to work for the final shot. With the game clock down to :15 Rolla called timeout, then came out and found Short open for the game-winning shot - his only points of the night.
Rolla trailed throughout the first quarter until a 6-0 run to close. And a layup by sophomore guard Landon Maynard off junior Tyler Kean's assist with :02 left gave RHS a 13-12 edge heading into the second period.
The third quarter was much like the first, with Rolla falling behind until the final seconds. A three-pointer by freshman guard Kobe Wands and a five-foot hook by junior forward Parker Nesbitt allowed RHS to go into the fourth quarter up 32-29. The lead would change hands seven times in the final period.
Wands finished with 12 points and six rebounds for Rolla, now 6-5, while junior forward Aaron Froehlich had 10 points and eight rebounds and senior forward Michael Janke had eight boards. Rolla hit seven 3-pointers but made just 5-of-11 free throws.
Freshman guard Kamau Kinder had 14 points to led Festus, 6-5.
The Benton Cardinals won for only the second time this season, outscoring the Fulton Hornets 32-27 over the second half. Fulton led 10-7 after the first period and Benton went into halftime up 23-22. The Cardinals pulled out to a 42-32 edge going into the final quarter.
Sophomore forward Zach Alder had 17 points for Benton, 2-9. Sophomore guard Ricky Dawson netted 17 for Fulton, 3-7.
Warrensburg's Jones was selected the tournament's most valuable player for the second straight season. Also named to the all-tournament team were Kye Denker of Warrensburg; Hargrow and Kellieon Williams of Waynesville; Keifer Holt and Hunter Hill of Rogers; Caleb Copeland of Rolla, and Derrick Puni of Howell Central.
Waynesville 57, Warrensburg 42
Waynesville (8-5): Hargrow 3-5-11, Newcomb 3-0-6, Williams 2-1-6, Armstrong 1-2-4, Johnson 3-4-13, Morgan 7-5-17, Totals 19-17-57.
Warrensburg (6-4): Denker 1-1-3, Collier 1-1-3, Thompson 1-2-4, Jones 10-2-24, Rupp 3-2-8, Totals 16-8-42.
Rogers 72, Central 71
Rogers (6-7): H. Hill 3-7-16, Galyean 2-0-6, Holt 2-0-4, Quillen 1-0-3, Jones 3-2-8, Killingsworth 4-1-9, Gentz 1-0-2, Street 4-0-10, Adams 5-2-12, Martinez 1-0-2, Totals 26-12-72.
F.H. Central (3-8): Hayden 2-8-12, Howard 7-0-19, Curry 5-4-14, Tipton 4-1-9, Desir 1-0-2, Puni -3-15, Totals 25-16-71.
Rolla 42, Festus 39
Rolla (6-5): Kean 1-0-3, Wands 4-0-12, Froehlich 4-2-10, Maynard 1-0-2, Short 1-0-3, Copeland 2-3-8, Janke 1-0-2, Nesbitt 1-0-2, Totals 15-5-42.
Festus (6-5): Spraul 3-2-11, Hayden 0-3-3, Abbas 2-0-4, Kinder 6-1-14, Brewer 3-0-7, Totals 14-6-39.
Benton 55, Fulton 49
Benton (2-9): Drier 3-0-9, Alder 6-5-17, Bowen 5-2-14, Hayes 1-0-2, Smith 0-1-1, Harris 4-4-12, Totals 19-12-55.
Fulton (3-7): Dawson 5-6-17, Tilson 2-0-5, Gibson 1-1-3, Horstmeier 3-3-10, Mandley 2-1-5, Christensen 1-0-2, Schlemeier 2-2-6, Clincy 0-1-1, Totals 16-14-49.