The Fredericktown High School Boys Basketball Team opened the 2017-2018 season last week in the 91st Annual Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament.
Fredericktown, seeded eighth, took sixth place, dropping the fifth place contest 60-44 to Ellington, Thursday.
The Cats led 14-13 after one quarter, as Dylan St. Clair and Colton Rehkop each scored five points. Ellington took the lead, 27-26 heading into halftime. The third quarter proved to be the difference in the game. Ellington outscored the Cats 23-5 to take a commanding 50-31 lead.
Logan Winkelman had three baskets in the final period, as the Cats outscored the Whippets, 13-10.
Rehkop led the Cats with 14 points. Winkelman scored eight, Grant Shankle scored six, St. Clair had five, Seth Miller and Kenny Couch each scored four, Clark Penuel scored two, and David Frazier had one point.
Ellington's Brycen King led all scorers with 19.
To reach the fifth place game, the Cats topped No. 4 seed Bismarck, 72-58, Wednesday night.
Bismarck jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, but the Cats scored six straight to go ahead 8-6. After an Indians' 3-pointer, FHS closed the quarter with baskets by Shankle and Miller to lead 12-9.
Fredericktown increased it lead to 20-11, but Bismarck's Hunter Drake hit three 3-pointers and helped the Indians take a 33-32 lead at the break. Miller paced the Cats with 13 at the half.
Fredericktown played dominant defense in the third quarter. Bismarck was held scoreless for the first five minutes. Rehkop hit three 3-pointers, and Fredericktown led 49-39 heading into the fourth quarter.
Winkelman and Couch scored to open the fourth, and the Cats lead stretched to 53-39. Five different players scored, as the Cats increased their lead to as much as 22 points, at 70-48.
For the game, St. Clair led four Cats in double figures with 16 points, including five 3-pointers. Miller scored 15, Rehkop scored 14 (including four second half 3-pointers), Winkelman scored 12, Frazier scored seven, and Shankle and Coach each scored four.
The Cats lost their opening game, 78-66 to top-seed West County, Monday night. Miller led the Cats with 23 points, and Winkelman scored 21.