IRONTON – West County senior Noah Vinson drew a foul while completing a layup on two consecutive drives to the basket, and Fredericktown senior Logan Winkelman drained two contested jumpers all during the final minute of the third quarter on Monday.
Vinson, who tallied all of his team-high 22 points in the second half, helped give the Bulldogs a 49-47 edge entering the final quarter during first-round play of the Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament.
Top-seeded West County stretched its lead in the fourth by working its way close to the basket for easier looks, and withstood a challenge from the No. 8 seed Blackcats 78-66.
The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinal round on Wednesday, and will play Tuesday's winner between Bismarck and Lesterville.
Nate Kinnard notched seven points for the Bulldogs, and scored the first basket of the third quarter after taking a steal the length of the court for a 35-26 lead.
However, the Blackcats regained 37-36 lead on a finish near the goal by Winkelman with 3:15 remaining in the third. Vinson posted his first points with a 3-pointer to tie the game 39-39 one minute later.
Fredericktown suffered four turnovers during the final two minutes of the third to fall behind.
Dake McRaven opened the final quarter by hitting two 3-pointers within the first two minutes to give the Bulldogs a 59-52 lead. He finished with 21 points on seven long-distance shots.
Winkelman and Seth Miller battled to keep Fredericktown close during the waning minutes. Miller recorded a game-high 23 points plus seven rebounds, and Winkelman added 19 points.
Blackcats junior Dylan St.Clair and West County senior Nate Kinnard traded shots from behind the arc with one minute remaining to bring the score to 73-66. Vinson continued to slash toward the basket and pick up fouls as the Bulldogs sealed the victory.
The contest began with a multitude of turnovers by each team. The Blackcats generated an early lead with St.Clair penetrating and kicking to Miller for open shots.
McRaven tied the game at 8-8 with his second 3-pointer. The Bulldogs gained a slight 14-13 advantage after Miller chipped away on a putback layupthrough contact with 9 seconds on the clock.
Nathan Hollock opened the second quarter by powering through traffic to convert a layup for a 17-15 lead. He then used a pump fake in transition to drill his first long-range shot on the next trip.
Fredericktown battled in the post for the bulk of its scoring, and Winkelman sank an 8-footer from his knees to bring Fredericktown within 27-21.
McRaven sank his fourth shot from behind the arc with 3 seconds on the clock to send the Bulldogs into halftime with a 33-24 advantage.
Arcadia Valley 68, Clearwater 49
IRONTON – The Arcadia Valley boys basketball team had four players finish with double-digit points against Clearwater in the first round of the Arcadia Valley Thanksgiving Tournament.
Peyton Whited dominated in the fourth quarter, and paced all players with 18 points for No. 2 seeded Arcadia Valley. Carter Brogan and Jeremiah Moore each contributed 11 points and five rebounds to the 68-49 triumph.
Austin Wren added 14 points with two long-range shots for the hosting Tigers, who will face the third seed South Iron on Wednesday.
Clearwater began with aggressive offensive rebounding, but failed to capitalize on many of its second chancess. Heath Ayers paced the team with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Michael Thompson finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Arcadia Valley gained a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter after Eli Vandergriff converted a 3-pointer and a layup during the final minute. He added another long distance shot within the opening minute of the second after Brogan hit one on the first possession.
Takota Jones made an impact along the offensive boards during the second, and corralled three consecutive missed shots by Arcadia Valley before getting fouled on a follow. He ended with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Wren scored on back to back possessions to generate a 27-15 advantage midway through the second quarter. Each team committed turnovers on its last two trips, and Arcadia Valley entered the break with a 36-23 lead.
AV executed a high-tempo offense, and looked for quick shots through good ball movement to build its lead in the second half.
Moore connected with Jones on multiple baseline cuts for open looks near the goal during the fourth quarter.