Nov 27, 2019 4:38 AM

Central basketball teams open season with sweep at Benton

Posted Nov 27, 2019 4:38 AM

The St. Joseph Central girls and boys basketball teams swept their doubleheader at Benton High School Tuesday night as it was the season opener for all four teams.


The Central girls led wire-to-wire as they beat the Cardinals 47-27, while the Indians won the boys game 53-28.


In the girls game, Central used an 8-0 run in the first quarter to take a 13-4 lead and eventually led 27-14 at halftime. The Indians went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter to extend their leads and cruised to the 20-point win. Lauren Eiman and Gracie Moodie had eight points each to led CHS, while Olivia Walters scored nine points to lead Benton.


In the boys game, the Cardinals led Central after the first quarter 8-3 but the Indians then outscored Benton 25-4 in the second quarter and rolled to an easy win. A.J. Redmon led Central with 17 points and LaVar Felder added 11. Kason Mauzey had eight to lead Benton.


OTHER CITY SCORES FROM TUESDAY NIGHT


BOYS

Center 68

Lafayette 54


St. Joseph Christian 59

DeKalb 30

Continue Reading St Joseph Post
Nov 27, 2019 4:38 AM
Tigers lose to Oklahoma 77-66 in Hall of Fame consolation game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brady Manek made sure Tuesday night was nothing like Monday night for Oklahoma.


With Manek, who scored 17 points, hitting four 3-pointers, Oklahoma scored 23 points in the first six minutes and beat Missouri 77-66 in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Classic.


The Sooners hit their first eight shots, including five 3-pointers. It was a stark contrast to their loss to Stanford a night earlier, when it took the Sooners six minutes to score a single point.


"We got off to a horrible start last night so this jumpstarted us tonight," head coach Lon Kruger said.


Austin Reaves scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Sooners (6-1). Kristian Doolittle added 14 and Alondes Williams 12.


Mark Smith scored 18 and grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers (4-3). Jeremiah Tilmon finished with 13 points and Torrence Watson had 11.


For the second straight game, Missouri was down 15-3 after four minutes of play.


"We really have to come out in the first five to seven minutes and play better," Smith said. "This loss will motivate us and we have to come back locked in for practice on Friday."


Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin blamed stagnant offense and defensive breakdowns as the main culprits for the slow starts.


"I think we dig ourselves these holes and then we say let's play defense," Martin said. "That's too hard to do against teams that score the ball."


Tilmon had a tip-slam to cut the deficit to 49-46 and get a Missouri heavy crowd back on their feet midway through the second half, but the Sooners used a 6-0 run late in the game to close the door on Missouri.


"Usually it comes down to making a shot or two," Kruger said. "Made some buckets and widen that margin out a bit."


It was a rough first three halves of the classic for Tilmon, who scored his first basket of the tournament with two minutes left in the first half. The junior averages the third most points this season for Missouri at 10 per game.


"He's a talented player and a physical guy," Martin said. "You take what they give you and I think it's simply that for him."


Missouri had 15 turnovers which turned into 15 points for Oklahoma.


"To bounce back from last night to battle a good Missouri team today and I thought our guys played well," Kruger said. "They came out and battled in the first half, but our guys hung tough."


BIG PICTURE


Oklahoma: After a sluggish start on Monday night, the Sooners started strong and held off a stingy Missouri team. They are in the midst of five straight games away from home.


Missouri: The Tigers didn't start the game well for the second straight game and it cost them. After the game, Martin said Xavier Pinson suffered a knee injury.


WE MEET AGAIN


This was the first time the two teams have met since Missouri left the Big 12 in 2012.


UP NEXT


Oklahoma goes to North Texas on Dec. 5.


Missouri has a week off before they host Charleston Southern Next Tuesday.


--- Associated Press ---