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Pierce City doubled up by St. Louis Academy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Going reverse. Pierce City senior Cody Fitchpatrick uses a reverse layup to score 2 points against St. Louis Christian Academy during the opening round of the Neosho Holiday Tournament. The Eagles played Morrilton (Ark) today at 11 a.m. [Photo by Jared Lankford] [Order this photo]
The Pierce City Eagles basketball team learned several valuable lessons in their 60-30 loss to St. Louis Academy to open play in the Neosho Holiday Tournament on Dec. 26.

The Eagle learned that they can play with more talented teams in stretches and it takes four quarters to win a game.

"I disappointed in the outcome," said Pierce City coach Matt Street. "I don't think that we are going to see another team as athletic and tall as the Cougars."

Short jumper. Cedric O'Hara attempts a short jumper for Pierce City during its opening round game of the Neosho Holiday Classic. [Photo by Jared Lankford] [Order this photo]
The Eagles faced a Cougars squad that started three players that were 6'5" or taller. Pierce City's roster contained only two.

St. Louis jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead before Cody Fitchpatrick's reverse layup found its way into the cylinder with 4:15 left in the first period. The Cougars led 19-4 at the first break.

The Eagles finally shook the cobwebs in the second period and outpaced St. Louis 12-9 in the period behind two 3-pointers from Kole Kelley.

"We stopped playing scared in the second quarter," said Street. "We looked more confident. We have to play with that intensity every game."

The Eagles trailed 28-16 at the intermission.

Javier Martinex, a 6'8" forward for St. Louis, made his presence felt in the third period, scoring 12 of his game high 30 points to help the Cougars win the period 18-7.

St. Louis took its first 30 point lead (57-27) with 2:45 to play in the fourth period and cruised to the 60-30 final.

Scoring for Pierce City were: Kelley, 12 points; Cody Fitchpatrick, 6; Cedric O'Hara and Zack Hyde, 5 each and Coltin Drollinger, 2.

Scoring for St. Louis were: Martinez, 30 points; Anthony Pratt, 12; Ikkena Okwarabenzi, 10; Nathan Bethel, 5; Revaun Garraway, 2; and Breyon Watson, 1.

Pierce City continued action in the Neosho Holiday Tournament at 11 a.m. this morning against Morrilton.

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