Top-seeded Thomas Jefferson beat Wheaton 74-40 to win the championship of the boys Pierce City Tournament. East Newton trimmed Pierce City 53-46 for third place, and Sarcoxie upended Verona 54-46 for fifth place.
Thomas Jefferson doubled its lead over Wheaton after the opening stanza 22-11 and continued to pull away to win the tourney title. Thomas Jefferson outscored Wheaton 15-2 in the last period.
Jordan Stauffer had 22 points, and Alex Oserowsky added 21 points for Thomas Jefferson.
Blake Dilbeck led Wheaton in scoring with 15 points. Also scoring for Wheaton were Jakob Beck with 9 points, Donovan Bartkoski with 8 points, Jesse Mitchell with 4 points and Bubba Galvan and James Musick with 2 points each.
Clinton Broyles, of the East New Patriots, was too much for the Pierce City Eagles to handle in the third place contest.
Broyles tallied 24 points for the Patriots, scoring with regularity from inside and out. The 6'5" power forward had four treys in the game.
East Newton jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before Pierce City got on the scoreboard with a lay-in by Wayne Joe Sooter with 4:36 left in the first quarter. The Patriots led 14-9 at quarter's end.
|Pierce City managed to get to within 3 points as the second period got underway on a basket by Cedric O'Hara, but Broyles answered with a trey to make the score 17-11.||The Eagles continued to come back, however, and a basket by Sooter with 2:10 left enabled Pierce City to get as close as it would get in the game at 20-18. Pierce City had a chance to tie or take the lead near the end of the half but a turnover led to a tip-in at the buzzer by East Newton's Tucker Anderson for a 22-18 advantage.|
The two teams remained close in the third period with the Patriots staying in control. With 1:59 to go in the third period, Broyles managed a basket and was fouled on the play. His free throw completed the 3-point play to give East Newton its biggest lead of the game at 33-24.
Both teams found the range in the final quarter as the two teams scored 20 points each. Brett Black and Broyles powered East Newton in the final sanza. Pierce City's offense was led by Turner and Robert Baldwin.
Turner led Pierce City's scoring attack with 16 points. Sooter added 13 points and Baldwin had 10 points. Also scoring for the Eagles were O'Hara with 5 points and Cody Cox with 2 points.
In the fifth place game, Verona led Sarcoxie 39-36 going into the final quarter but Sarcoxie rallied to outscore the Wildcats 18-7 to claim the victory.
Nate Bloss led Sarcoxie in scoring with 12 points. Also in double figures for the Bears were Nathan Freeland with 12 points and Kurt Bloss with 10 points.
Wesley Kissinger tallied 18 points, and Cody Ernsberger added 16 points for Verona. Also scoring for Verona were Ascencion Estrada with 7 points and Nick Washam with 5 points.
The Wildcats reached the fifth place game Friday by beating Diamond 43-42.
Seth Losack and Ernsberger each had 11 points in that game for Verona. Also scoring for Verona were Kissinger with 6 points and Estrada with 6 points each, Devin Hall with 3 points and Washam, Carter Morris and Clifford Williams with 2 points each.