The Southwest Trojans won twice and Wheaton took one of two in area boys basketball games played Monday and Tuesday.
Outscoring previously uynbeaten Thomas Jefferson 22-12 in the last quarter on Monday, Southwest broke away from a tie to win the Ozark 7 encounter 52-42.
Josh Hartin and Levi Roberts sparked the Southwest scoring attack with 21 and 20 points respectively. Also scoring for Southwest were Matt Whittington with 5 points and Tyler Ferguson and Austin Rettman with 3 points each.
Purdy fell behind 17-5 after the first period and could not recover, losing the non-conference game on Monday to Seneca 52-26.
Scoring for Purdy were Landon Terry with 8 points, Drew Williams with 6 points, Cody Hall with 5 points, Devon Bennett with 3 points and Kevin Miller with 2 points.
Trailing 51-39 after three quarters, host Joplin McAuley stunned Wheaton with a 31-18 fourth quarter rally to nip the Bulldogs 70-69 in the Ozark 7 Conference game on Monday.
Scoring for Wheaton were Donovan Bartkoski with 14 points, Sean Goostree, Jakob Beck and James Musick with 12 points each, Blake Dilbeck and Jesse Mitchell with 8 points each, Jory Bartkoski with 2 points and Kyle Robbins with 1 point.
On Tuesday, Southwest upended Verona 64-32 in an Ozark 7 game. The Trojans outscored Verona 32-5 in the third period to take charge.
Rettman led Southwest in scoring with 15 points. Other players scoring for Southwest were Hartin with 13 points, Roberts with 10 points, Whittington with 8 points, Ferguson with 4 points and Cam McCurdy, Travis Hayworth, Jeff Elkins and Skylar Knoll with 3 points each.
Wesley Kissinger led Verona in scoring with 20 points. Also scoring for Verona were Nick Washam and Cody Ernsberger with 5 points each and Seth Losack and Larry Patterson with 1 point each.
Wheaton grabbed a 40-29 halftime lead over Exeter on Tuesday enroute to winning the Ozark 7 game 68-64.
Bartkoski led Wheaton to the win with 26 points. Also scoring for Wheaton were Beck with 13 points, Musick with 8 points, Mitchell with 7 points, Goostree with 6 points, Bubba Galvan and Dilbeck with 3 points each and Robbins with 2 points.
Zach Wubker led Exeter's scoring attack with 28 points. Other players scoring for Exeter were Tyler White with 11 points, Ryan Hobbs with 9 points, Kong Lee with 8 points, Justin Brattin with 4 points and Brock Sorensen and Quentin Howe with 2 points each.