JACKSON, Mo. – The Central boys basketball team squandered two sizable leads, and was toppled by unbeaten and state-ranked Saxony Lutheran on Tuesday night.
Paiton Miller nailed two 3-pointers early in overtime to push the Crusaders ahead 55-52. They benefited from a technical foul against Central coach Adam Barton with around a minute to play, and held on to win 64-57.
Saxony Lutheran (7-0) was led by Trae Robinson’s 16 points from the bench. Austin Jarvis and Miller each added 13 points, while Dewayne Giboney contributed 10.
Wade Scherffius recorded a team-high 15 points for Central (4-3). Breven McMullen posted 13 points, while Jake Casey and Brent Wagner each had 10.
The Rebels gained a 19-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter with efficient shooting, and committed just one turnover.
However, the Crusaders began the second period on a 10-0 run to help shrink the spread to 26-22 at the half.
Robinson gave Saxony a brief 28-26 edge with a turn-around jumper early in the third. Holden Mayberry and Casey dropped in consecutive 3-pointers for Central, and Scherffius converted a reverse layup as time expired in the third for a 41-33 lead.
Central generated several turnovers early in the fourth quarter with an energetic defense, but Saxony Lutheran began to frequent the free-throw line down the stretch and narrow the deficit.
The Rebels held a 49-47 edge, but committed a backcourt violation with about 16 seconds to play. Giboney quickly drew a foul on a drive into the lane, and sank a pair of free throws to cap scoring in regulation.
The Crusaders went 25-of-34 in a strong performance from the stripe.
Arcadia Valley 57, Lesterville 52
LESTERVILLE, Mo. – Peyton Whited and Jeremiah Moore each notched 14 points to pace Arcadia Valley in a 57-52 victory over Lesterville.
Carter Brogan finished with a team-high 14 rebounds, and added 12 points plus five assists for the Tigers. Takota Jones contributed 13 rebounds and eight points in the win.
Austin Wren drained three perimeter shots to end with nine points for Arcadia Valley (5-4), and Whited added five assists.
Lesterville (8-3) suffered its third defeat since winning tournament titles at Arcadia Valley and Valley.
Kingston 62, St. Paul 21
CADET – Kingston executed a tough defense to generate early transition opportunities and gain a 40-9 lead over St. Paul at halftime.
Kielan Reyes paced the Cougars with 18 points, while Eli Hongsermeier-Baxter contributed 13 in a 62-21 triumph. Cole Regan and Keith Jessen each finished with 10 points for Kingston (4-6).
Gabe Ayers notched a team-high nine points for St. Paul (1-9), and Tyler Rector added seven.
St. Vincent 68, Valle Catholic 56
STE. GENEVIEVE – St. Vincent created a 23-9 run during the second quarter to earn a 44-31 advantage at the break against Valle Catholic.
The Indians maintained consistent scoring throughout the second half to secure a 68-56 victory.
Trevor Lukefahr recorded a game-high 28 points for St. Vincent (5-1). Matthew Rellergert drilled three perimeter shots, and finished with 18 points in the win.
Aaron Doza led Valle Catholic (3-3) with 18 points, while Carter Hoog contributed 17. The Warriors finished 12-of-14 from the foul line, and the Indians went 15-of-23.