The Waynesville Tigers hosted the Bolivar Liberators on Tuesday night and lost a close non conference game. The Tigers fell to 11-7 on the season.
The junior varsity boys had a great game in the upper gym. The Tigers won a comeback game.
Both Waynesville and Bolivar both tied each other with eight points each. The Liberators were able to gain an advantage in the second quarter as they outscore the Tigers 13-8. Bolivar led going into halftime 21-16.
The Tigers were able to come back in the third quarter and used a 14-5 run to give them the first lead of the game. Waynesville led 30-26 after three periods in the matchup. The Liberators were able to edge out the Tigers 16-15 in the four quarter but fell just short in the game. The Waynesville Tigers were able to hold on to a 45-42 win.
The varsity game was a close game from the beginning. The Tigers were edged at the end to give them their seventh loss of the season.
Waynesville began the game by taking a 17-11 lead. The Bolivar Liberators improved their shooting in the second period as they out scored Waynesville 18-10. The Liberators were able to gain the lead going into halftime 29-27.
Both Waynesville and Bolivar scored thirteen points in the third quarter. Bolivar was able to hold on to a 42-40 lead. The Liberators were able to to hang on and out score the Tigers in the period 20-12. Bolivar pulled off the upset over an Ozark Conference win over Waynesville 62-52.
Head Waynesville Tigers Boys Basketball Coach Chris Pilz said this after the game, “It was a tough night for us. We jumped ahead playing well early, but then lost momentum and couldn't get it back. Give Bolivar credit, they are coached well and are a good team. They hit their shots and we did not. No time to rest, we need to get back at it and work in practice. We must improve in all areas.”
The Waynesville Tigers were led in the game by Carson Cavalier with sixteen points in the game. Gunner Reese was not far behind with as he scored twelve points in the loss. David Adams scored nine points for Waynesville. Both Caleb Barnes and Tahje Stewart scored five points in the tough loss. Shaq Fregiste scored three points and Eric Morris added a basket in the non conference loss to Bolivar.
The Bolivar Liberators were led in scoring by C. Spindler with twenty two points in the game. Berry score twelve points and J. Spindler added nine of his own. I. Jones scored seven points and Murphy added six points in the win. J. Jones scored three points, Manning Scored two points, and Payne made a free throw for the Liberators.
The Waynesville Tigers host the Joplin Eagles tonight for the final Ozark Conference basketball game against them. The Eagles are joining the Central Ozark Conference next year. The Bolivar Liberators will travel to Springfield Catholic on February 6th in Springfield.